Elf School | Iceland

Day 6 in Iceland

Elf School

I had heard rumors about Elf School. I had done a little research. It wasn’t what I was expecting. It was, however, an interesting experience. Elves play a major role in Icelandic folklore, and supposedly 50% of Icelanders believe that they exist. The headmaster (a very eccentric retired professor) gave us our textbooks and sat us all down (there were 8 students total). The classroom was full of little figurines depicting mythical creatures such as elves, dwarves, etc. We were then told many stories about elf sightings in iceland, and his theories as to why elves are not regularly seen… “You must be ‘psychic’ to see elves”, he told us. “Women are more psychic than men, gays are more psychic than non-gays, and children are far more psychic than adults”. This went on for about 4 hours. At the end, we got Icelandic pancakes (which are WAY better than American pancakes), ginger ale, and our diplomas. One of the weirdest, and most memorable experiences I’ve ever had.

The Headmaster.

The Headmaster.

Elf School

The classroom.

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The Headmaster & I. Side note: I forgot to bring tweezers, so by this point in the trip my eyebrows were starting to go crazy.