Iceland, Kingdom of Elves on Earth
The name of this country is so synonymous with the phenomenon of the aurora. Yes, Iceland. Behind its natural beauty, Icelanders have faith in fairies.
Fantasy creatures such as fairies, unicorns or dragons, often become stars in film stories. But there are indeed people who believe in the mythical story.
Like Icelanders. AFP quoted from Travel, 62 percent of the population believes in the existence of fairies or Huldufólk in the Icelandic language. Elves are described as small human-like creatures with pointed ears. Most Icelanders still think fairies are real.
This is clearly illustrated by the way Icelanders live side by side with fairies. The most obvious is the way they treat stones.
Icelanders believe that fairies live with humans and hide in rocks. In each house, a traveler can see that there is a large enough stone left there.
The myth, fairies live there. As peace-loving creatures, fairies conduct activities side by side with humans and often engage in daily activities.
In general, residents believe that fairies and Huldufólk make their homes in large rocks found mainly on the coast and lava fields, which are believed to be more stable between dimensions.
According to legend, fairies will do help to humans who are in dire need. If not done, the human can die.
There was once a confession from a local citizen named Sigtryggur Baldursson. His mother grew up on an Iceland farm and grew slightly different from other children.
Baldursson admitted that he seemed to have an imaginary friend. Suddenly her grandmother had severe cancer. One night, Baldursson’s mother woke up from sleep and saw a doctor enter his grandmother’s room.
“He followed the conversation of the nurses and two doctors. They talked to each other and one of the doctors said, ‘I think it will be fine’,” Baldursson said.
Ms. Baldursson was relieved and went back to sleep. In the morning, he asked grandma about the doctor last night. But the grandmother denied the presence of a doctor who came. But the grandmother’s condition miraculously recovered.
This Belief Does not Just Grow
Many Icelanders claim to have met fairies. There are more than 900 people who claim to have met fairies, according to an interview by Magns Skarpheinsson, someone who runs the Icelandic Paranormal Foundation.
The results of the interview included 75 people who claimed to have fairy friends and 35 people claimed to have been invited to fairy houses.
Not just a figment. Belief in fairies is not related to the entry of religion in this country.
Icelandic belief in religion began in the 1700s. However, the belief in the existence of fairies continues because of culture.
Stories of fairies have now become one of Iceland’s tourism markets. Many tourists come to Iceland, only to meet the psychics who bring them to the world of fairies.
So the fairy brand has become a home industry in Iceland. Souvenirs related to fairy behavior among tourists.
Traveling to this country, you will surely find some fairy-tale road signs. Especially in tourist attractions.
In Hafnarfjordur, on the outskirts of Reykjavik, for example, fairy temples (small altar, sometimes with candles) and unobstructed lava stones, filled the yard, especially those surrounding Hellisgerdi Park.
This place is known as a place where fairy activity occurs, and a favorite location for those who want to see fairies.
There is even a large rock on the kirkjan yard, the branch of the Icelandic national church, left so as not to disturb its inhabitants who are none other than fairies.
This, along with cartoon signs that mention the presence of fairies, serves as a reminder of the existence of another world in Iceland, along with the passage of everyday life.
So, are you ready to meet fairies in Iceland?