Guided tour

Reykjavik: Elves & Trolls of Iceland Walking Tour

Activity provider: Your Friend In Reykjavik
Guided tour

Reykjavik: Elves & Trolls of Iceland Walking Tour

Activity provider: Your Friend In Reykjavik

From US$ 42 per person

Go on an entertaining storytelling tour of Reykjavik and learn about the hidden creatures of Iceland. Hear tales about elves, trolls, ghosts, monsters, and Icelandic magic.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available


  • Visit 2 of the oldest graveyards in Reykjavik
  • Discover the Catholic Cathedral in Iceland
  • See an Elfstone in the City Center
  • Experience the Icelandic Magic
Full description
Learn the story of Iceland from a different perspective on a fun walking tour that swaps historical facts for entertaining tales about elves, trolls and ghosts. Delve into the dark tale of Iceland's only known serial killer in a land where it's easy to get lost in the lava fields. Visit 2 of the oldest graveyards and the magical Tjörnin Pond. You will experience the storytelling traditions of Iceland, when people gather to narrate the sort of myths that influenced J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The tour runs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday in the summer and is perfect for those who want a little adventure. Marvel as the stories are brought to life through the words of your entertaining guide.
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    Meeting point

    Meet on Ingolfstorg Square in Reykjavik city center. Your guide will be waiting by the 2 stone high seat pillars. Ingolfstorg Square is at the start of Austurstræti and surrounded by Aðalstræti, Hafnarstræti, Veltusund and Vallarstræti. If you walk down the main shopping street of Laugavegur, continue all the way down until you reach the square.

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    Important information

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    • Some of the stories may be scary for younger children
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 124 reviews

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    Small group tour- a little bit hard to find at first. Our guide was super nice. However, he didn't really show us any famous sights or historical sights in Reykjavik. It was all funny stories about elves and trolls which got a bit boring by the end. All in all, it was a fun hour and a half tour for good value, but it wasn't anything to write home about. Not for kids though- definitely an adult tour.

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    June 1, 2022

    Our guide Esther was adorable, her elven stories mixed with personal anecdotes about the history of Iceland and Icelandic folklore fascinated our two teenagers. This was our first visit to Iceland and we are very grateful to him for answering our questions about Iceland's past in addition to the guided tour. If you want to know the magic formulas that wake the dead and attract fortune, cross the oldest places in Reykjavik while discovering the history of this beautiful Icelandic country, do not hesitate to register for this tour. Another great asset: the possibility (often rare) to follow the visit in French.

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    August 18, 2021

    If you’re looking for something different to do in Iceland and would like to go off the beaten track, we really recommend this mythical walk. Snædís was our host and she really brought the stories to life and made the tour fun. This is not only a great way to hear some stories past down for many generations, but an interesting look into the Icelandic way of thinking and how the stories affect current day practices. After all, Icelanders are famous for their story telling ever since the Viking times.

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    January 1, 2020

    Product ID: 158337