67° - 63° N 25° - 13° W Iceland is a place filled with legends, but the legend lay in the land as well. The powerful volcanic forces have forged a rugged and beautiful place.
The majority of Icelanders believe in, or at least refuse to the deny the existence of elves, trolls, and other hidden beings. Cut off from the rest of the world for centuries, Icelanders developed a rich storytelling tradition and stories about elves and hidden people are still part of their heritage today.
As the story goes, in the year 1000 a local chieftain decided that Icelanders should adopt Christianity. He trew all of his statues of Pagan gods into the waterfall and the waterfall was appropriately named Godafoss.
At the beautiful black sand of Vík, the basalt rocks formation, know as Reynisdrangar, are supposed to be trolls, who were caught in the sunlight as they tried to drag ships ashore and were turned forever to stone.
Monsters, know in Icelandic as skrimsli, may live in the sea, according to many. 70% of Earth is sea and who knows what the sea hides?
These stranges piles of rocks are said to be the common homes of two types of ''invisible people": the Álfar Elves and the Huldufolk "hidden people". Both are said to possess considerable magical power.
According to legend Dyrhólaey has been formed when two trolls were trying to drag a three-masted ship to land. When daylight broke they turned to stone.
According to the legend, a farmer called Thordur from the farm Klofi, fled to the valley during the period of the plague. The legend says that the valley was well vegetated and wooded at that time and surrounded by glaciers. Nowadays it is devoid of vegetation and no signs of a former glory. The farmers of the Land County grazed their sheep in the mountains and never bothered to seek them in the valley when they were rounding up. This cost them a few sheep every year and they claimed that the outlaws and evil spirits of the valley had stolen them. This area was thoroughly explored in 1852 and no signs of any dwellings of outlaws or other beings were discovered. Since then the farmers have included the valley in their round up program and more sheep were accounted for every year.
Álfhól are small wooden houses people construct for the benefit of elves, who are said to live in them.
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Iceland is a very mystical place, its legends, its people, its landscape all make for a unique experience.
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