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Icelandic Elf School

Updated on October 9, 2013

Learn about the Hidden People of Iceland at the icelandic Elf School

If you are interested in off the beaten path travel, here is one for you: The Icelandic Elf School. The Icelandic Elf school, located in Reykjavic, offers courses about the Hidden People of Iceland.

The Icelandic Elf School was opened in 1991 by Magnús Skarphéðinsson, who is an expert in Icelandic folklore, and preservation of information about hidden people, elves, fairies, and the like.

Tired of always going to the same places for vacation? Interested in learning about traveling to a different sort of destination? Consider the Icelandic Elf School.

Image Credit: Wintery Fairy by KatMary

Types of Invisible People Studies at the Icelandic Elf School - What type of hidden people will you learn about in the Icelandic Elf School?

According to Icelandic folklore, there are many types of invisible people besides just elves. At the Icelandic Elf School, you can learn about all of the different types of invisible people, and how to tell them apart.

The types of invisible people you can learn about at the Icelandic Elf School include:



Hidden People

Light Fairies


Mountain Spirits


Each of these types of invisible people is comprised of several different varieties.

Who Can See the Invisible People?

Only people with special abilities, or sometimes small children are known to be able to see the invisible people. However, that does not mean that they are the only ones who are effected by the invisible people.

In Iceland there are many places that are marked as being inhabited by the Hidden People. This is to warn people to avoid disturbing the Hidden People who reside there. If the Hidden People are upset, they may punish the person that they are upset with.

Do Icelandic People Believe in the Invisible People?

Yes. Not everyone of course, but some people do. The statistics on the rates that Icelandic people believe in Invisible People vary widely, but certainly at least some people do.

There are many stories of construction and road crews who seek the help of experts who know about the Invisible People to help them plan construction projects. Construction workers who ignore this step and build in a way that disturbs the rocks where the Invisible People live are sometimes punished by mysterious bad things happening to their construction site.

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What is Taught at the Icelandic Elf School?

The Icelandic Elf School teaches students how to identify the different types of Invisible People. It also teaches the students about the personality traits of each type, and teaches stories about the history of Invisible People in Iceland.

Half-Day courses are available, and people receive a certificate of completion.

Video About Going to Elf School

Suzie Orman doesn't think that going to the Icelandic Elf School is a good idea. I hope for her sake the Invisible People don't find out!

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Not all of us have bodies visible to the naked eye :)

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      EEWorkouts 5 years ago

      Very cool lens! I have always wanted to go see Iceland. This is one more reason.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh how strange. I can't imagine believing in invisible people.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Very fun lens to read....thanks for sharing!

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      theallin1writer 5 years ago

      Unique lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel