Shore Excursion Details

In The Footsteps of the Elves

Seydisfjordur, Iceland

In The Footsteps of the Elves


  • 7
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Meal

Explore a somewhat remote area supposedly inhabited by elves and hear tales of how the little “hidden people” have come to the aid of Icelanders. The farther you venture along the winding road from Seyðisfjörður, the more dramatic and isolated the terrain. You will see just how secluded this part of Iceland can be while pausing at Njarðvíkurskriður.

A cliffside cross there marks the spot where, according to legend, a monster that attacked travelers fell into the sea. You will hear more folkloric tales in the teeny village of Bakkagerði and at the rocky hill Álfaborg, where locals claim the queen of Icelandic elves lives. One of the country’s foremost 20th-century artists painted the altarpiece at a nearby church. Still, few sights compare to Hafnarhólmi, a birdwatcher’s paradise. The observation platform will afford you an excellent view of nesting puffins, fulmars and kittiwakes; the latter being loud gulls named for their nasal “ki-ti-waak” callnotes.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking on pavement, gravel, boardwalk and a total of 45 steps. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and not recommended for those with walking difficulties. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate, warm layered clothing and comfortable, flat, sturdy walking shoes are suggested.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Wildlife Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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