Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour


A Legendary History Tour of Reykjavik

Meet the elves, trolls & ghosts of Reykjavik and delve into Iceland’s mysterious mythology with one of our master storytellers.

Iceland is sometimes called the land of the Sagas. On this folklore-centric Reykjavik day tour, you get the chance to hear many exciting sagas involving the so called hidden people and creatures of Iceland.

Some tales will amaze you, and others will chill your soul… This walking tour is a deep cultural dive into our unique country, and it’s great when paired with our Reykjavik Food Tour or our Reykjavik Walking Tour

Reykjavik Folklore Tour Description

  • Visit an elf home in downtown Reykjavik

  • Hear the ghost story called “the Deacon of Dark River”

  • Learn about Icelandic magic

  • The 13 Santas of Iceland

  • Talse of Norse Mythology

We will tell you all about the Elves and Trolls of Iceland, and about ghosts like the Deacon of the Dark River, the 13 Santa’s and their mother the child eating troll called Grýla.  This is a Reykjavik walking tour off the beaten path. With a considerable sprinkling of monsters and magic! Our Expert local guides know how to entertain as well as educate.


Storytelling is a skill

In Iceland’s long winter nights, storytelling has been the primary entertainment for people, so there are reasons why Icelanders love books and have the highest literacy rate in the world. 1 in 10 Icelanders writes a book in his lifetime so we love to tell stories. You sure won’t be disappointed by joining our walk and hearing a couple.  All excellent tours are storytelling in motion and this Reykjavik Walking Tour is the perfect authentic look into Iceland’s myths and legends.  For even more stories, check out our Iceland Travel blog.

J.R.R. Tolkien was heavily influenced by Norse mythology and the Icelandic Sagas when he wrote The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.  We will explain some of the fun similarities between our worlds.

This haunted Reykjavik walking tour is perfect for those who want a little adventure in their life.  The stories come alive on our walk, making it ideal for families.  Please keep in mind that some of the stories can be scary to little children so you may like to consider our Private Folklore Walking Tour instead.  Here the tour guide will be able to tailor the experience to your group’s needs and interest, toning down the scary bits for kids.

Alison Garcia
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Great tour guide and lovely tour - Great tour of Reykjavik and we had an excellent tour guide! She was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of wonderful information with us. The tour even lasted longer than expected because she told us so many great stories and facts about Reykjavik, which we loved! She was also kind enough to answer our questions and give us recommendations after the tour on where to eat and shop.
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Great Introduction to Reykjavik - We had a great experience on this tour with our guide. He was knowledgable, friendly and humorous. I would highly recommend taking this tour on your first day in Reykjavik, especially if you plan to drive the Ring Road. We learned a lot about the city but also an overall history of Iceland. The information shared gave us a great foundation for our entire travel through Iceland. This one is worth the time and money. Thank you!
William P
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Terrific experience - We were three couples on a tour extension and we loved the experience. Pace was right, interesting stops and insights into the city and it’s history. Definitely would recommend and the price was reasonable.
Rick G
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An engaging "viking" tour guide made this trip interesting and fun. - Our guide and he had a lot of fun energy and knew his history and culture well. He had excellent English and a great sense of humor. It was about a two-hour excursion and covered the major site. If you have a couple of hours and want an enjoyable introduction to this…

What’s included & Need to know

  • Stroller and Wheelchair friendly

  • Children 6 and younger are complimentary

  • Children 7-15 pay half price

  •  Expert fun loving local guides

  • Some of the stories can be scary for little children

  • It’s a relatively easy 90 minute walk

  • Learn about Tolkien’s connection to Iceland

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