Huldufolk The Hidden People of Iceland

Huldufolk The Hidden People of Iceland

Iceland’s Hellisgerði Park, known to locals as elf city, has many different fairy beings.
 Centuries old lore tells of whole clans of fairy beings residing in the astonishing lava rocks in the middle of the town of Hafnarfjördur. Visible to those with second sight, the elves are respected by many Icelanders, who have witnessed strange happenings when the balance with Nature has been disturbed by road works and other projects.

‘I grew up in the neighborhood and have always had friends of The Elf World,’ Ragnhildur from Hellisgerði Park explains. 
’The most important message from the elves and huldufolk to humans is, ‘If we want to live on this planet, we all need to work together, all the worlds of Mother Earth, humans, elves, animals, plants and the earth herself.’

‘In Hellisgerði park, around Iceland, and across the world, there are many different types of elves, dwarfs, huldufolk (hidden people) and other types of nature beings,’ Ragnhildur explains. Elves, along with other fairy beings, work to bring all living things into harmony. ‘They work with music and singing to energy (or magic). They know sounds can be healing, as can being at peace and relaxing in Nature. Sitting and listening to the silence here, and breathing along with Nature helps bring this about. Of course many plants have very good healing properties, offering us the chance to come back into balance.’


‘The beings in the park are all willing to be in contact with humans. They are friendly and want humans to be friends with them too. For those wanting to tune into the subtleties of the elfin world, after a peaceful time just listening and breathing, the colours and scents around you will intensify. When you tune in to Nature you see more deeply.’

Big Elf Church in Garaabae

‘Elves, huldufolk and dwarfs almost always have some kind of deep faith. They don´t talk about religion as we humans do, they talk about faith in their heart. I noticed all the different types of beings of many different sizes and faiths all go to the same place to ‘work with the Light’, as they call it – praying, meditating, singing, dancing …. working with light-energy. There are many Elf Churches or Holy Places, all around Iceland known to humans.

Small Elf Churchon Reykjanes Peninsula

I asked them: ‘How can you all go to the same place when you have so many different types of faith?’ They answered: ‘If you work with the light, it does not matter to us what you call the light, or if you see it as a being or the sun or the seasons, or even the goodness in your own heart. What matters, is that you work with the light and not darkness.’

In the photo below is the park’s ‘magic tree’ a European Beech tree who has been ‘a very good friend of mine for years. The tree has many other human friends who visit her. it is a perfect tree to practice tree hugging. Inside that tree lives an elf woman, a medicine woman or seiðkona in Icelandic.’

Snow Tree

The Elf Garden has published a little book by an elf called Fróði, who lives in Hellisgerði Park. Fróði is very old, around 900 years old, and very wise. He’s a happy soul and loves stories. and to be in contact with many different types of beings, including humans. His book What Does It Take To See An Elf? is small and may at first seem simple, but Fróði advises you read it slowly in a peaceful state of mind and listen to the silence between the words and sentences, as there is magic there …. You can get your own copy of the book at Also see the park’s Facebook for more detailsÁlfagarðurinnElf-Garden-169880153074226/

Painted picture is from the Icelandic book about the beings in Hellisgerði Park by illustrator Sirrý Margrét