Lonely Planet Writer

Icelandic elf church moved to avoid highway

Reykjavik, Iceland.
Reykjavik, Iceland. Image by Bryan Pocius / CC BY 2.0

A 70-tonne lump of volcanic rock that apparently doubles as an onfeigstirkja, or church of the ‘hidden folk’, has been relocated to protect it from damage. The rock was in the path of a highway project on the Álftanes Peninsula, near Reykjavík and has been moved next to sit with ‘other beautiful and similar rock formations’ that are believed to be important elf habitats. Just over half of Iceland’s population believes elves could exist, and building projects are sometimes revised to protect them. Read more: bbc.co.uk