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Elfs and Hidden Worlds

  • 1.5.2012 - 30.9.2012

Hafnarfjördur is famous for having one of Iceland's largest settlements of elves, dwarves and other mystical beings, which (translating from the Icelandic) are collectively called ‘Hidden Folk.' Centuries-old folklore has it that whole clans of such beings reside in the rocks that make up part of the town's centre. We do not doubt this at all.

Though elves are visible only to those with second sight, a great many Icelanders believe in their existence. Indeed, there is much evidence to support this belief, as stories abound of instances where new roads or housing developments were under construction and strange happenings took place.

Hidden Folk enjoy a certain regard, and nowhere more so than in Hafnarfjördur. There is even a Hidden Worlds tour that takes you to their home sites, stopping at places like Hellisgerdi Park and the base of the cliff Hamarinn, which is said to be home to the Royal Family of the Hidden Folk. Along the way, the guide relates ancient folk tales of the magical hidden worlds and describes how the town grew and developed in harmony with the Hidden Folk.

Guided ‘Hidden Worlds' Tours

Tuesdays and Fridays at 14:30 during the summer months.

At other times by request.

Duration 1 ½ hours.

Information and bookings: Tel: +354 694 2785 ·

Join Sigurbjörg Karlsdóttir the

guide of the Hidden Worlds tour

on a SmartGuided Iphone Tour on

The Elf Garden and the Little Elf House

Hellisgerði Park is a small beautiful lava park in Hafnarfjörður. It is a magical place, known for its nature beings; elves, huldufolk (hidden people) and dwarfs. The Elf Garden is run by a local family who knows these beings and offers „Elf walks” around the park where the elves are visited and perhaps seen.

The Little Elf House is a small information center in the park with „elf theme“ art works

and handicrafts and you can try „Elf coffee” and other beverages from the hidden world. The elves welcome you for a unique experience. More information at or call (+354) 694 3153


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