"We do believe in elves!" Top 5 Page for this destination Iceland Local Custom Tip by Regina1965
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There are many big lava rocks in Iceland which have to be left untouched and the road has to be built around them. The reason for this is that some lava rocks are homes to The Hidden People (elves). Mishaps and accidents will happen if one tries to blow up these rocks as The Hidden People defend their homes. So a medium is contacted which will then talk to The Hidden People and ask them to move or, if they are not willing to move, the road or the project in question will have to be built around the rock.
This is a common belief here in Iceland, so common that it is just a matter of fact subject. Around Iceland there are so many places which belong to the elves. If you read my Iceland tips you will see the Capital of the elves (┴sbyrgi, North-Iceland), the Cathedral of the elves (SŠlingsdalur, West-Iceland), the library of the elves (SnŠfellsnes, West-Iceland), the this and that of the elves all over the country.
And there are so many tales of encounters with the elves, some of which I have written down in my tips on Iceland. The Hidden people (huldufˇlk) look like us, but there are many other invisible people in Iceland, like all kinds of dwarfes, who have their own preserved spots here in my country.
I have added photos of known elf-spots, but there are so many rocks on private grounds which are also inhabited by elves. So be careful when sitting on big rocks, you never know if you are sitting on an elf-stone :)
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