A surprising number of Icelanders claim to believe in the existence of huldufólk, or hidden people. Well, perhaps not so surprising, given the eerie landscapes, lava fields and Nordic light combined with living on isolated farms or in small fishing villages. The hidden people include gnomes, trolls, lovelings, dwarves, fairies, mountain spirits, angels and – above all – elves. Many Icelanders, if they have not had direct contact with the huldufólk themselves, probably know someone who has. And if it all sounds like a big joke, note that road construction has been rerouted to avoid destroying the homes of huldufólk, and official apologies extended to them for disturbing their peace. In a separate incident, a politician moved a 30-ton rock into his garden as a way of honouring its hidden residents for saving his life. The Eastfjords are an ideal place to learn more about Iceland’s huldufólk, and Borgarfjörður Eystri particularly so, as this is where the elves’ queen has her castle: join a guided tour and listen to the stories atop her home. And if you decide to explore the countryside on your own, be careful not to get lured away by the hidden people.