Folktales for children

13.07.2022 X

Folktales will be brought to life on Viðey Island on Saturday 23 July at 12:15 in a fun nature walk with the storyteller Björk Bjarnadóttir, environmentalist and ethnologist. The spoken language is Icelandic.


The plants and their names will be looked into and their connection to any folk beliefs, their utility will be examined and their healing power will be discussed, as well as bird life on the island. We will look at the sea and tell legends of sea urchins and other creatures living in the ocean. The origins of the hidden people will be looked into and a story will be told related to Magnús Stephensen conference council and his encounter with a member of the hidden people. The island's diverse history will be woven into the walk.

The walk is for children and adults alike and if people want it can be fun to bring plant and bird books.

The guided tour is in Icelandic and is free of charge. The ferry departs from Skarfabakki at 12:15.

Return ferry tickets to Viðey Island cost 1.950 ISK for adults, Students, and Seniors 67+ pay 1.755 ISK, and children 7 – 17 years old pay 975 ISK. Tickets are free for children six years and under. All children should be accompanied by parents or guardians.

Those with a Reykjavík Culture Pass receive a 10% discount on ferry tickets, and holders of the Reykjavík City Card travel for free.

Viðey Island is part of the Reykjavík City Museum – One museum, five unique places!