Huldufólk. The Hidden Folk. The elusive and magical residents of Iceland, who live inside rocks and sometimes play games with unsuspecting passers-by. Are they real? That’s a complicated question, if you ask Icelanders.
Well, folks, Christmas is over and the year is winding down. But, as much as you might like to think so, 2016 is not quite over, yet. We have one day left, and with it comes at least one more important holiday-related issue we need to discuss: the existence of elves.
Do you believe in elves? Visit Iceland, and you might be surprised at how people answer that question. A survey conducted in 2007 revealed that 54% of Icelanders are open to the possibility that elves, known there as the huldufólk, exist.
Since 1991, the Icelandic Elf School (or Álfaskólinn) has held classes on all sorts of mysterious creatures in Iceland, from hidden people, trolls, and gnomes, all the way over to fairies and, of course, elves. It’s located in the country’s capital, Reykjavik, and run by Magnús Skarphéðinsson. According to Wikipedia, he “organizes five hour long …