News
Fearing Elves Have Been Angered, Town Meets With Priest

Fearing Elves Have Been Angered, Town Meets With Priest

Published June 24, 2011

Many residents of the town of Bolungarvík suspect that construction of a tunnel has displeased the nearby mountain elves, and that they are responsible for machinery breaking down.
A common stereotype about Icelanders is that most of them believe in elves, trolls, hidden people, and similar supernatural beings. While this is untrue, figures from 1996 show that 26% of Icelanders believe the existence of elves is certain or probable.
Morgunblaðið reports that some residents of Bolungarvík are among them. It is reported that workers from the construction company Ósafl, which is building a tunnel between Bolungarvík and Hnífdalur, have run into repeated and unexplained problems. Two engines inexplicably shut down on Tuesday, as did two more on Wednesday. Yesterday, explosive work being done to remove rocks experienced an error, sending stones raining down upon two residential streets.
Spiritualist and healer Vigdís Kristín Steinþórsdóttir believes construction work has angered the elves who live in the mountain where the tunnel is being made, and that further accidents will happen if they are not appeased. Taking that into consideration, a meeting was called yesterday between construction workers, townspeople, and Rev. Agnes Sigurðardóttir, who performed blessings over the area in the hopes of driving the elves away or otherwise calming them down.
Whether or not the blessings worked, only time will tell.



News
150 Polish People Working For Icelandair Paying 7 Times The Usual Rent

150 Polish People Working For Icelandair Paying 7 Times The Usual Rent

by

Foreign labourers from Poland working for the IGS subsidiary of Icelandair have to pay approximately 7 times higher rent than

News
Tide May Be Turning In Presidential Race

Tide May Be Turning In Presidential Race

by

A new poll aggregate shows support growing for nearly every candidate for President of Iceland – except for the frontrunner.

News
Petition To Bring Eze Back To Iceland Gathering Signatures

Petition To Bring Eze Back To Iceland Gathering Signatures

by

A petition imploring the Minister of the Interior to bring Nigerian asylum seeker Eze Okafor back to Iceland is steadily

News
Icelander Wanted By Interpol

Icelander Wanted By Interpol

by

An Icelander has once again gained the rare distinction of appearing on Interpol’s wanted list. According to a new wanted

News
Government To Respond To National Toilet Shortage

Government To Respond To National Toilet Shortage

by

Those visiting Iceland’s far-flung corners may soon have a more comfortable time of it, if a plan from the Icelandic

News
Multicultural Day Tomorrow!

Multicultural Day Tomorrow!

by

It’s that time again, and now the festival will be held at Harpa Concert Hall. As announced, festivities will begin

Show Me More!