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Hunting for trolls in Iceland

Hunting for trolls in Iceland
Brimketill or Oddny's pool

Iceland is rich of stories about hidden people and trolls and Icelanders have been telling tales and sagas for centuries and are willing to tell anyone who wants to listen. If you have the chance to travel around Iceland and get to know the stories connected to the places, it will give you a better feeling off the place and the community.

BBC Earth visited Iceland with Melissa Hogenboom in search for trolls. Of course they visited the geosite Brimketill or Oddnýjarlaug in Reykjanes Geopark (see min 9:10). This small, naturally carved pool, by marine erosion is in the lava shore edge west of the town of Grindavík. The folklore relates that it was regularly occupied by a giantess named Oddný.

Follow Melissa Hogenboom when traveling around Iceland in search of trolls. 

Melissa hunting for trolls in Iceland

The Reykjanes Peninsula

Towns & Villages

Visitors to Iceland who arrive via Keflavik International Airport on the Reykjanes Peninsula may be somewhat surprised by the landscape that greets their eyes as they touch down in Iceland for the very first time. A seemingly endless, green-grey moss-topped lava field blankets the peninsula for as far as the eye can see, and it is this strange and rather other-worldly sight that is your first glimpse of the land of fire and ice. 

Map Garður Sandgerði Reykjanesbær Vogar Grindavík