Folktales Behind Iceland’s Natural Formations

Dating back to the 12th century, some of Iceland’s folktales are more than the average fairytale. In fact, many are still held in such high regard that some recent “construction projects, including a proposed road development through the ancient Gálgahraun lava field, have been halted because the area is believed to be home to elves and dwarves.” From Drangey Island to rock formations in Dimmuborgir and beyond, the country’s most beautiful natural wonders are said to be home to trolls, ghosts, elves and more—find out more at National Geographic.