Elves, Trolls and Stories
Easy Walk in Ísafjörður
Are you interested in history and how people lived in the past centuries?
Do you like listening to legends and stories?
Do you like to learn about Icelandic trolls, elves, ghosts and other other beings around us?
The small town of Ísafjörður is unique in Iceland. Its unusually well-preserved city centre dates from the 19th century and still reflects its charming history that remains alive in the legends and stories. Ísafjörður is known today for its cultural and artistic diversity.
Our guide meets you, dressed as a fishworker from the 19th Century, and takes you on a walk through the city. You will visit interesting places, such as historical houses and trade centers from the prime time of Ísafjörður.
You will get information on history and learn about the people and their living conditions, their beliefs and their culture, which is reflected in the legends. You might experience a slight shudder when told of ghosts and be fascinated about our mystical creatures like elves and trolls. You will also visit the places the stories are told about.
On the way she shares her lunch box with you. Our walk ends at the church.
The walk goes only through the place without gradients.
It is possible to extend the Ísafjörður Walk by one hour and then the walks leads you on the mountain slopes while enjoying the wonderful view of the fjord and surrounding valleys. There you can get an insight into Icelandic vegetation, the formation of the Westfjords and also more stories.
If you like ends our walk with a visit to our church with it´s famous big wall picture. Only my company is allowed to open the church to its customers. It is a great feeling to look at 746 ceramic birds mounted on the wall behind the altar. Each bird is unique because made by the people living here.
A special experience is a visit to Ísafjörður in winter, when the snow-covered landscape and the winter sky create a fascinating atmosphere.
Daily in summer at 10:00, 14:00 and 17:00 (On cruise ship days change start times)
in winter at 14:00
Meeting point: Tourist-Information-Center (or at the port)
Elevation: up to 12 m (with extension up to 80 m)
Duration: 2 hours (with extension 3 hours)
Group size: 2-10 people
Price for one: 8.990 ISK (children 10 to 16 pay 1/2 price), for 8-10 people 8.000 ISK Price with extension (2 hrs + 1 hrs) 13.000 ISK pp
We had booked a 2-hour walk with Helga. She was dressed in the national costume at the turn of the century to the meeting point. On this walk we learned a lot about the trolls, ghosts and fairies, but also about the development of the place, which she reported with great passion. Also for children certainly an interesting kind of educational walk. We would always book with Helga again. (2019)
Helga appeared over punctually and dressed in the national costume at the turn of the century to the meeting point. On this walk we learned a lot about the trolls, ghosts and fairies, but also about the development of the place, which she reported with great passion. Also for children certainly an interesting kind of educational walk. We would always book with Helga again. (2019)
It was a very interesting walk we had with Lisa. She told us light and funny stories about elves and trolls, just as if she had just experienced that. We also learned a lot about history. We can highly recommend that walk!
I cannot say enough positive things about our Isafjordur walk with Helga Hausner last June. Ms. Helga promptly responded to all communication to help us book our custom tour well in advance. She was warm and personable and made us feel at home for our walk. It's clear she really enjoys what she does and is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Isafjordur. (2018)
Helga led a Wonderful tour of Ísafjörður -- fun and knowledgeable. A great way to see this special town and environs. She is a great tour guide...a very nice addition to our week in Iceland. (2019)