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Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour: Meet the Elves, Trolls & Ghosts of Iceland provided by Your Friend In Reykjavik

Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour: Meet the Elves, Trolls & Ghosts of Iceland

Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour: Meet the Elves, Trolls & Ghosts of Iceland
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Tour snapshot
Listen to tales about Icelandic elves and trolls
Duration:
1h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
999
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    1h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    999
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Delight in the monsters, elves, and trolls of Icelandic folklore on a mythical walking tour in Reykjavik. Follow your guide to the city's second-oldest cemetery for a chance to see the country's most famous ghost the Deacon of Dark River. See friendly elves at a playground, guardian spirits outside Althingi Parliament House, and visit the Cathedral of Christ the King, which trolls do not care for at all.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Explore an area of the city that most tourists miss
  • Visit the oldest graveyard in Iceland
  • Take a tour that the whole family can enjoy
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Explore an area of the city that most tourists miss
  • Visit the oldest graveyard in Iceland
  • Take a tour that the whole family can enjoy
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Live entertainment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • Ingólfur Square, Austurstræti 4 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland We meet up at Ingolfstorg Square in the center of Reykjavik by the two stone high seat pillars (Over 2 meters high), The square is at the beginning of Austurstræti (Austurstræti 1) and is squared off by the streets Aðalstræti, Hafnarstræti, Veltusund, and Vallarstræti. If you walk down Laugavegur (The main shopping street) please just continue all the way down until you come to the square always walking straight down until you can't continue further. On the Ingolfur square itself, you can see Kvosin a small grocery market and Center Hotel Plaza. We sincerely recommend map programs like Google Maps because the Icelandic street names can be quite tricky.
  • Jón Sigurðsson forseti, Austurvöllur, 43W6+V39, Reykjavík, Iceland We end up close to our starting point but now infront of the Parliament building at Austurvöllur public square.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please be at Ingolfur Square 5 minutes before the starting time
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Live entertainment
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Ingólfur Square, Austurstræti 4 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland We meet up at Ingolfstorg Square in the center of Reykjavik by the two stone high seat pillars (Over 2 meters high), The square is at the beginning of Austurstræti (Austurstræti 1) and is squared off by the streets Aðalstræti, Hafnarstræti, Veltusund, and Vallarstræti. If you walk down Laugavegur (The main shopping street) please just continue all the way down until you come to the square always walking straight down until you can't continue further. On the Ingolfur square itself, you can see Kvosin a small grocery market and Center Hotel Plaza. We sincerely recommend map programs like Google Maps because the Icelandic street names can be quite tricky.
  • Jón Sigurðsson forseti, Austurvöllur, 43W6+V39, Reykjavík, Iceland We end up close to our starting point but now infront of the Parliament building at Austurvöllur public square.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • Jón Sigurðsson forseti, Austurvöllur, 43W6+V39, Reykjavík, Iceland We end up close to our starting point but now infront of the Parliament building at Austurvöllur public square.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please be at Ingolfur Square 5 minutes before the starting time
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
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Last updated: Jul 2, 2020
A note from Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour: Meet the Elves, Trolls & Ghosts of Iceland
Travelers and locals are encouraged to practice social distancing, wash and disinfect hands regularly, and maintain a 2-meter distance from others when possible. Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist has not recommended the use of masks in public. We only have a handful of active infections in Iceland.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Ingólfur Square
    Austurstræti 4 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
    We meet up at Ingolfstorg Square in the center of Reykjavik by the two stone high seat pillars (Over 2 meters high), The square is at the beginning of Austurstræti (Austurstræti 1) and is squared off by the streets Aðalstræti, Hafnarstræti, Veltusund, and Vallarstræti. If you walk down Laugavegur (The main shopping street) please just continue all the way down until you come to the square always walking straight down until you can't continue further. On the Ingolfur square itself, you can see Kvosin a small grocery market and Center Hotel Plaza. We sincerely recommend map programs like Google Maps because the Icelandic street names can be quite tricky.
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  • 1
    Your Friend In Reykjavik
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 2
    Skúli Magnússon Sheriff
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 3
    Playground
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Cathedral of Christ the King
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Hólavallakirkjugarður
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Tjörnin
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 7
    Reykjavik City Hall
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 8
    Althingi Parliament House
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • 9
    Austurvollur Square
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Jón Sigurðsson forseti
    Austurvöllur, 43W6+V39, Reykjavík, Iceland
    We end up close to our starting point but now infront of the Parliament building at Austurvöllur public square.
    See address & details
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bluestockingink
New Braunfels, TX2 contributions
(March 13, 2022) This was the most whimsical, fun, informative tour touching on several aspects of Icelandic folklore & history. It ranged from local ghost stories, to the remarkably amenable Reykjavik elves, to learning about both the settlement and more recent independence history and admired figures of Iceland. Our tour guide Gundmundur (whose name I probably shamefully have wrong, apologies!) was a very engaging and informative host. We loved the full hour and a half with him. There were many nooks and crannies we never would have seen otherwise (like the gardens behind Parliament, which comes with a unique, hilarious, and macabre legend! Suffice to say, it’s not worth the process to become a rich man through other than honest means.) He also walked us by beautiful views of the city with context about modern times, too. This tour elevated our Reykjavik experience beyond the usual fare limited to oft-traveled museums, restaurants, and shopping. Easy to work in between a day of busy coastal tours and your evening plans, this was an excellent unique adventure that I hope every traveler with a spare late afternoon adds to their itinerary.
Written March 14, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Misch W
Cambridge, MA5 contributions
Sep 2021
We had an awesome time on our Folklore Walking Tour.
Our guide was full of stories about Hidden People and zombies, and I especially appreciated a stop in an old cemetery. It was a really cool intro to Iceland to begin a much longer trip. It takes place all outdoors so although some people did not wear masks my partner and I (fully vaccinated) felt very safe.

I know it's hard to project voices, especially outside (I am a performer myself and have done tours in Boston), but due to COVID where people may not want to gather very closely it is my advise that tour guides speak up even more than they already do so there may be less leaning in/crowding around.

Content and delivery were fantastic. We are still laughing at some of our tour guide's joke. Highly recommend going to anyone planning a trip.
Written September 14, 2021
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Deborah H
United States1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Friends
This tour was fantastic! Our guide Stefan was very friendly and great in his story telling with animated facial expression during the tales, plus he definitely had a flair for the right spot to tell it (like how spooky children stories on a playground was perfect!). We had a wonderful time and didn't feel rushed at all when we stopped and asked questions. It was a great tour, I'd recommend it!
Written April 19, 2022
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Roving659225
22 contributions
Excellent way to absorb some Icelandic culture. Our guide had an acting background so he was a captivating story teller. He recited poetry/songs, told tales, pointed out sites that held special mystical significance for locals and gave us a good walk around the old town. For a gloomy weather day, this was certainly a perfect get-to-know Iceland activity. What we heard and learned from our guide coloured the rest of our trip - we had many take aways.

After the tour we him asked about a coffee spot to stop at and he kindly walked us to a simply wonderful cake and coffee place. He went in with us to ask the staff to explain the cake history. This was very kind (and the cake was indeed excellent).

Once booked Your Friend in Iceland also sent emails ahead offering to provide casual recommendations for meals or other activities. Nice touch!!
Written May 4, 2022
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TheStormInaTeacup
Bedfordshire, UK8 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
The tour yesterday was really interesting. Our Guide was more than happy to answer all our questions. He even took us into the city hall to show us a giant map of Iceland where he pointed out locations for the sagas. So much fun :)
Written February 14, 2022
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Beth C
4 contributions
Oct 2021
We absolutely loved this folklore walking tour in Reykjavik. It was one of the highlights of my family's visit. The stories really gave you a feel for Icelandic culture and we went to some spaces in the city that I had not been to before, Our guide was very entertaining and fun. The stories were so engrossing, that the time just flew by! I particularly loved hearing about the Yule folklore and the ghost stories. Our guide gave us god recommendations about items mentioned in the stories that are on display in some of the museums in Iceland. We had a lot of fun on our walk.
Written October 21, 2021
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Harriet G
1 contribution
Dec 2021
Such a fun informative trip, my daughter and I learnt so much.
We were half an hour late, because I had stupidly read the times wrong, but the guys were very accommodating and still happy to give us a tour. It really was like being shown around by a friend, Styrmir was just excellent!
My 10 year old still remembers, in great detail, how to summon up an Icelandic zombie! Great fun, hilarious! I would definitely use these guys next time we visit Iceland!
Written January 3, 2022
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David Hennessey
4 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We took this tour because we thought it would help keep us awake as we waited to check into our room after a red-eye flight from Minneapolis. We weren’t disappointed. There were only four people on the tour, but the guide, though laid back and “low-key,” was engaging. He made it a point to involve us all personally by asking us about ourselves and our reactions to many of his stories. We came away not only learning about Icelandic folklore but also appreciating why it is important to the nation. We highly recommend this tour.
Written September 11, 2021
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Josephine G
5 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
We had a fabulous walking tour today with Styrmir. Styrmir was incredibly friendly and personable. He made the tour feel very personalised and he acted out the stories with flair and enthusiasm. Absolutely loved the tour. It is a great way to see the city and learn about the Icelandic stories of elves, gods and zombies.
Written September 12, 2021
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Yasmin A
15 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
My son and I loved this tour! Our tour guide, Stefan, did an amazing job keeping our group completely engaged with his stories and his sense of humor. At one point he sang a few Icelandic lullabies and he had such a wonderful singing voice I was wishing he would continue to sing throughout the tour! We learned so many fascinating tales, and had a chance to see parts of Reykjavik we had not seen. We also stopped at a very cool cemetery where he told a memorable spooky story! I highly recommend this tour! Ask for Stefan!
Written August 20, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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putziw
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Walking and eating in Reyjkavik
Oli was a great guide; he introduced us to traditional and modern foods of Iceland and gave a comprehensive history
Carly R
Carly R
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Fun and informative!
We loved this walking tour! Stefan was very friendly and knowledgeable. He was full of fun facts and all the histor
samanthawP5123TI
samanthawP5123TI
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A worthwhile trip out of your culinary comfort zone!
What a lovely tour of the city and of Icelandic cuisine. Our guide was wonderful, giving us the history of the food
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Journey55476333557
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Food tour
Iris was a great hostess. She was funny and informative. The food and atmosphere was great. Iris provided us wit
Whitherward
Whitherward
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Insightful, personable and fun!
My partner and I had a fab morning with Stefán seeing the sights of Reykjavik! We chatted ancient and modern histor
amycorp
amycorp
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Fantastic tour! Highly recommend!
My family and I booked a walking tour. We are glad that we did! Godthur (sorry, my Icelandic spelling is bad!) was
momcag
momcag
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Fantastic Food Tour
We loved our Food Tour!!! Got to visit some cool restaurants and try some Icelandic staples. The lobster soup and
yelud
yelud
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Fun tour
The food tour was great. We tried several different traditional Icelandic foods. It was a good variety and I lear
jeffreycN7758EW
jeffreycN7758EW
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Great evening out
One of the highlights of our trip to Iceland. My brother and I toured with Astor, who was really engaging and great
913damm
913damm
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Educationally delicious
My husband booked this for us, as he is a Foodie to the grandest scale. I wasn't too sure, as i'm not. But it was
913damm
913damm
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Worth it
Loved this tour. I'm a history buff and that's really what this tour is - history. Our guide was knowledgeable, i
226Adele
226Adele
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History of Reykjavik
What a wonderful tour we had on Saturday, June 19, with Stefan! He was extremely knowledgeable and gave us quite a
LightPacker721954
LightPacker721954
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A great beginning to our trip to Iceland!
Berta was an excellent guide! Her knowledge of the history of the town, food, and restaurants was excellent. A deli
AlisonN288
AlisonN288
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Fantastic guide - loved the walking tour!
As I was only in Reykjavik a few days, I was very discerning as to what I did but I'm so glad that I did the walkin
AlisonN288
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So good, I booked it twice!
I booked the Beer and Booze tour while on a four day trip to Reykjavik. As I was travelling solo, I thought that it
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