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

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Guided Mythical People Walking Tour of Reykjavik

From $41.97

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Iceland has a strong mythical tradition, with all sorts of elves, trolls, and other popular folkloric characters, not to mention 13 iterations of Santa. On this guided tour of Reykjavik, go into the oldest part of town to learn all about these creatures and their stories, with stops at the oldest graveyard in the city, an elf stone, and to the Reykjavik Pond, where aquatic monsters are believed to dwell.
  • Walk through the oldest part of Reykyavik
  • Learn about local myths through a professional guide
  • Visit the oldest operational cemetery in the city
  • Stop by the local pond, where you may spot a water monster

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Live entertainment
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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.

End point

  • Jón Sigurðsson
    Austurvöllur, 43W6+V4C, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

    We end up close to our starting point but now infront of the Parliament building at Austurvöllur public square.

What To Expect

Your Friend In Reykjavik

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Skúli Magnússon Sheriff

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cathedral of Christ the King

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Reykjavik City Hall

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Austurvollur Square

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local 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.

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Traveler Tips

I highly recommend this tour for those who are fans of mythology or fantasy.
Try it yourself if you like stories of elfes, trolls, Odin, Thor, 😊
If you are arriving to Reykjavik in the morning, I suggest this tour.


396 reviews
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Fun stories
dorothy_w, Sep 2023
Tour guide was Mathias. He had some Fun Viking stories along with elf and troll folklore. It was a cool lil tour and he took us to an awesome old cemetery. Two thumbs up.
Fun Tour!
margaret_l, Sep 2023
Enjoyed the stories very much. Our guide Mathias was well versed in his ghosts, trolls, elves, and zombies and made them come alive
A quirky, memorable stroll through Reykjavik's past.
John_C, Sep 2023
This walking tour was the first thing we did on our trip to Reykjavik (~2 hours after arriving at our hotel. Looking back, it was a great jumping-off point. Our guide on the day was Bardi: he was fantastic. Entertaining, informative, and considerate. This is a wonderful way to experience Icelandic folklore and see it come to life in front of you - highly recommended!
Fun Tour
Candace_T, Sep 2023
Fun informative folklore tour about Icelandic elves, trolls and ghosts. Very interesting origin story on the icelandic elves
Great tales and awesome guide!
Kimberly_M, Sep 2023
I really enjoyed the walking tour! Our guide told the best of stories and did a great job of explaining creatures of folklore that I was no familiar with. For those reading my review please tip your guide if you enjoyed the tour! For the tour guide, please walk just a little slower. You were over 2 m or 6 ft tall. I am significantly shorter! Lol
Einar was an amazing guide!
7t9vzcxvy8, Sep 2023
Einar was an amazing guide! He was so entertaining and made the tour a great experience. Highly recommend.
Iceland Mythology and Legions
Iris_L, Sep 2023
The tour was very informative. The guide very personable and knowledgeable. A delightful experience.
Very entertaining
Cheryl_C, Sep 2023
Very entertaining. Our guide, Bo, provided great information and detail to the tour. Very enjoyable.
Excellent experience!
Joyce_H, Sep 2023
Bo was awesome…loved the way he told the Folklore stories about elfs, trolls, ghosts, monsters, and protective spirits!!
Lots of fun!
Ella_S, Aug 2023
A great way to see parts of Reykjavik that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. Very informative, our guide Mathias was super funny and had lots of cool stories to tell!
Great folktales stories
Joye_b, Aug 2023
Fun tour with fabulous stories mixed with a bit of history. I’d recommend it to anyone visiting Reykjavik.
Fun Different Tour
David_G, Aug 2023
Guide Matas was wonderful. Stories were fun and entertaining. Different type of tour than normal than we do which was fun
Skip it, do a different one
Krista_S, Jul 2023
I've done walking tours in different countries through viator. This is the first one I'd say skip it. I was anticipating more Folklore history and fun stories that my 6 and 3 year olds would get a kick out of. This was more...meh.
We had a great time
Michael_M, Jul 2023
My family enjoy the experience the guide Matthias was informative, personable and witty. He knew his history and told in an entertaining way. The locations were interesting and beautiful. Lots of fun. With a bad leg the walk easy only one small hill places to sit and not rushed. Would highly recommend!
Fun and entertaining.
Katherine_R, Jul 2023
This was a fun and entertaining way to walk around part of Reykjavik. The guide did a great job of storytelling!
Like two tours in one!
Julie_T, Jul 2023
Our guide was amazing with not only telling tales but explaining the history and culture of Iceland. We feel like we got two tours in one. We had several conversations about everyday life in Iceland and how it is influenced by centuries of oral traditions.
Fun walking tour
Emily_B, Jul 2023
We loved this! Our tour guide Mathias was fantastic! We loved hearing all about Icelandic folklore. We got to see more of Reykjavik than we would have otherwise - particularly the cemetery - which was so beautiful. We booked this trip at the last minute because we had some extra down time and it ended up being a highlight of our time in Iceland.
Great experience
Brenda_T, Jul 2023
Lots of fun and informative. Had a great time. Loved the cemetery and the troll explanation. Elf and Viking history was awesome!
Interesting evening walk through Reykjavík
CaroleTyrcha, Jul 2023
Learned a lot about the legends and Folklore of Iceland. Nice walk around the city. Lots of Troll and ghost stories. Our guide Matice was very informative.
Fun Walking Tour
Janelle_R, Jul 2023
Expert guide. Very informative. Highly recommended. I’m a believer now in Icelandic Mythology! Historical. Very knowledgeable.

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