Valahnúkur Black Sand Beach, Iceland

Elf Encounters in Iceland

Well over half of the population in Iceland believes in elves, or at least they will not rule out their existence.

There have been numerous instances where construction projects have come to a halt or altered due to elf disturbances. One example is when a road was being built and all the mechanical equipment suddenly stopped working and same for the news cameras when they were pointed towards the hill thought to be inhabited by elves. In fact, when building or remodeling, some people first make sure the area is clear of elves as they do not want to anger the elves and disrupt their homes. Elves typically live inside of large rocks most often made from lava, and although only around 3% of the population claims to have actually seen one, there are numerous elf whisperers throughout the country to assist in determining if there are any living in a particular area. If elves’ homes are thought to be in the path of construction, plans are often changed.

So remember when I mentioned we had a tricky elf following us around the Blue Lagoon with Tiny Iceland? Well I wasn’t lying–how else would you explain any of what I am about to tell you?

I was just minding my own business with my new snazzy waterproof phone case, creating Vines and Instagramming (gotta love the free wifi and instant gratification of a social media addiction) when bam, my phone started taking pictures uncontrollably like a madman!  Inga told us it had to be an elf playing tricks! So, we gave our new friend a name: Gobby the Puffin Elf with Viking Blood, a.k.a. Gobby for short.  Gobby was taking random pictures of Inga and Micah, underwater, of strangers nearby, of the sky…you name it! I probably had about 50 completely random shots on my camera all said and done–here are a few of them as proof:

Gobby the Elf, Iceland

Gobby the Elf, Iceland

Gobby the Elf, Iceland

Gobby the Elf, Iceland

As if that wasn’t enough trickery for one day, I suddenly received an email from the site Living Social saying, “Congrats on your recent purchase–your order is now ready for you!” This had me really confused, so I opened the email to find that “somebody” (I won’t name names, *cough*gobby*cough*) had just purchased a witch psychic reading a couple minutes prior. Let me just say, this is not a purchase I would make, especially when frolicking in the magical Blue Lagoon thousands of miles away from home. At first I almost panicked thinking my account was hacked into, but then I realized who it really was, Gobby. Maybe he was trying to hitch a ride back to Florida with us and wanted something to occupy his time while here, who knows. Anyways, I quickly tried emailing Living Social back to dispute the purchase, and my phone kept erasing my message! I guess Gobby really wanted that deal, so I had to wait until later to make the return when he was least expecting it. Thankfully, I was able to successfully get the purchase refunded later that evening, sorry Gobby.

Apparently he wasn’t quite done with us after the Blue Lagoon because the next day, I continued to get shots like this while touring the Golden Circle. Right as the geyser was about to go off, my camera does this:

Gobby the Elf, Iceland

Then this:

Gobby the Elf, Iceland

And even this:

Gobby the Elf, Iceland

Payback for returning his Living Social deal? I think so. But either way, thank you Gobby, at least I will always have something to remember you by. It is possible Gobby was mad that I wasn’t completely absorbing myself in the beauty of Iceland and he wanted to distract me from my phone addiction. Whatever the reason, maybe I should remember this as a lesson.

Take it from me, do not use your phone inside the lagoon…because Gobby or one of his friends will surely be waiting to trick you too.

Valahnúkur Black Sand Beach, Iceland

Maybe this is Gobby’s home?


What are your opinions? Do you believe in elves?


  • Isabel Crouch
    Posted at 10:59h, 08 July Reply

    Brilliant! It’s always fun to be harassed by an elf for a day or 2!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 22:16h, 08 July Reply

      Lol, I agree, it was fun! I think we need to go back and visit our friend again 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Angela (
    Posted at 18:56h, 08 July Reply

    Loved this post. I heard the facts that most Iceland residents believe in elves, but I didn’t know how popular the story was. Excellent name for your elf! If I am ever back in Iceland, I will have to keep an eye out for such trickery!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 22:17h, 08 July Reply

      Yeah, I read some about it, but Inga filled us in with some fun stories too! You will for sure have to be on the lookout for elves next time! 🙂

  • Kimmy
    Posted at 15:34h, 09 July Reply

    Fun story! Of course, elves are real! How would you explain all of that stuff if they weren’t? Not to mention things like car keys disappearing.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 17:56h, 09 July Reply

      Exactly! There is no other way to explain it! 🙂 It was a pretty funny day

  • Vagablondy
    Posted at 11:46h, 21 January Reply

    I recently had a fairy/elf encounter in Iceland. They can be quite mischievous, but they do let you know they’re around.

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