The Troll Books and the Troll and Folktale Walks
When the host in Fossatún, Steinar Berg, first arrived to this area, he found a rock with the shape of a troll’s face by the Troll Waterfalls. This inspired him to write folk stories about trolls. His books have been well received and successful in Iceland. The book Tryggdatröll (The Last Troll) is available in 6 languages apart from Icelandic: English, French, German, Norwegian, Japanese and Spanish. The book is illustrated by Brian Pilkington.
“A new and wonderful Icelandic folk story has emerged, a model children’s book, both for children and adults.”
Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir, Iceland Review Magazine (about The Last Troll)
Steinar’s latest book – Trunt Trunt – Folktales of Trolls, Elves and People, includes 12 stories based on folklore and locations in the West Region of Iceland. It is illustrated by 6 Icelandic artists and is available in English, German and French. Ideal to visit the story locations when travelling the West of Iceland.
Below is the map showing where the stories in the book take place – in West Iceland.
The Troll Books are available in all main book shops around Iceland, several other popular stops and also at Fossatún Reception.
The Troll Walk and the Folktale Walk.
The walks are connected with the books. The Troll walk is a short walk viewing The Troll Waterfalls and the scenery and background of The Last Troll story – and you learn about trolls on the way. The Folktale Walk is a new walk, extension of the Troll Walk, that will be set up in April/May 2018. It is based on the Trunt, Trunt book and you learn about folktales and locations in the West Region of Iceland. In addition you enjoy a wonderful panorama view of the Borgarfjördur area and mountain circle.
ROCK’N’ TROLL WITH GRASASNAR
Apart from writing, Steinar Berg is also a musician. He is a member of the local band Grasasnar (The Jerks), who play (ir)regularly in Fossatún with full or part line up.