Urban legends

Folk Tales from South Iceland

Gold under Skogafoss

This is the story about Thrasi of Skogar who was a man of great wealth. He sank his chest into the deep pool below the waterfall so nobody would get his gold. The chest has been there for centuries. Once men succeeded in getting it half way out when the ring on the handle broke off. This ring was then placed on the church door. When the church was deconsecrated the ring was moved to the church at the farm Eyvindarholar which was demolished in 1960. The ring given to the museum where it is now on display.
Gold under Skogafoss

Gilitrutt and the Lazy Wife

Here we have a story about Gilitrutt who some say was a troll woman but others an elf. The story recounts events that took place at the farm Raudafell west of Skogar about the dealings of the lazy wife and Gilitrutt who had her home in the Elf hill above the farm. The moral of the story is that one should tend to his tasks well and not be lazy.
Gilitrutt and the Lazy Wife

The Sea Ghost at Hvammsnupur

Just east of Seljalandsfoss is mountain Hvammsnupur. There is the farm Hvammur close to road # 246 with high cliffs above which one can find rare basalt formations (ankaramite). The main route passed through the fields at Hvammur in olden times. Long ago a ghost known as the Sea Ghost used to haunt the road, playing pranks on those who travelled the narrow trail. We recommend the book: A Travelers Guide to Icelandic Folk Tales by Jon R. Hjalmarsson
The Sea Ghost at Hvammsnupur