Private Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour

Icelandic Magic
Icelandic Magic
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  • Duration90 Min
  • Group Size12 Person Max
  • Meeting LocationIngólfur Square in the center of Reykjavik

Enchanting folklore trips in Reykjavik…

Meet Iceland’s legendary monsters and spirits on this Reykjavik trip inspired by Icelandic folklore. Explore the dark, supernatural secrets of Reykjavik’s history in the company of an expert, local tour guide.

Iceland is called the Land of the Sagas because of our incredible Saga tradition and passion for weaving tall tales.

On this private Reykjavik tour, you’ll be introducted to our nation’s fascinating folklore, getting the chance to hear many interesting sagas involving the ‘Elves of Iceland’ (known in Iceland as ‘the hidden people’) and other creatures, like the trolls whose existence is shrouded in mystery.

We will also tell you about ghosts, like the Deacon of the Dark River, monsters unique to Iceland, and the entertaining tale of the 13 Icelandic Santas or Yulelads, their wicked mother Grýla, and the monstrous Christmas Cat.

This is the private version of our Reykjavik Folklore Walking Tour. It’s great if you prefer a smaller, intimate tour, and rest assured, we will always customize the tour for your group.

This is your private tour, and we tailor it to your needs and preferences. If you prefer, we can ramp up all-things-scary, giving you the creepiest possible private tour of Reykjavik, or turn our focus to tales suitable for a younger audience!

You can even choose the start and finish times.

What's Included

  • You control the starting time
  • Stroller and Wheelchair friendly
  • Expert fun loving local guides
  • Some of the stories can be scary for little children
  • Available in English, Spanish, French, German and more languages.


  • Visit an Elfstone in downtown Reykjavik
  • Hear the ghost story called the Deacon of Dark River
  • Learn about Icelandic magic
  • The 13 Santas of Iceland
  • Tolkien’s connection to Iceland
  • Norse Mythology

An Icelandic history tour to haunt your dreams…

Iceland’s winters are long and dark, so storytelling has been our primary source of entertainment for generations. Storytelling is woven into the fabric of our culture. This passion for stories might explain why Icelanders love books and have the highest literacy rate in the world (it’s said that 1 in 10 Icelanders write a book in their lifetime).

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 so we will explain some of the fun similarities between Middle Earth and Iceland!

Join us for a tour of Reykjavik quite unlike any other in the city!

And if you want to continue exploring aspects of Iceland’s culture, why not join us for our Reykjavik Food Lovers Tour, where you’ll try many of the country’s most famous dishes!