31 Jan 2019
Posted in Culture, History

Huldufolk are hard to find.

We’d like to introduce you to Iceland’s Huldufolk, the Hidden People (invisible small, humanlike creatures with pointy ears) that have been a part of folklore, and day-to-day Icelandic life, since the island nation was first settled.

In such a magical landscape, who wouldn’t believe in invisible elves?

Why hidden? One local legend reaches back to Adam and Eve. Eve was hiding her dirty, unwashed children and lied about their existence, to which God replied “What man hides from God, God will hide from man.” Thus the Hidden People can’t be seen by us humans.

According to a 2007 study by the University of Iceland, an estimated 62 percent of Icelanders believe in the existence of these elves. (For reference, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment conducted a survey in 2017 that found that nearly half of all Americans believe in aliens; almost as many believe aliens are visiting Earth; less than 20 percent believe in alien abduction; and a bit less than that claim to have seen a UFO.)

Iceland’s believers say that Huldufolk make their homes inside large rocks found mainly on beaches and lava fields. Driving the roads of Iceland, you’ll see an occasional large rock with a small door painted on it. You’ve just passed a Huldufolk house.

Don’t fear the Hidden People. They’re thought to be peaceful creatures that coexist alongside us and indulge in the same quotidian activities as we do—fishing, farming, raising families—and occasionally lend a helping hand to us needy humans.

For information about a visit to Iceland, contact Rachel Dorsey at rdorsey@rcrusoe.com or call 888-490-8004.

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