TROLL BOOKS AND WALKING PATHS
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 4 languages apart from Icelandic: English, French, German and Norwegian; and soon it will be released in Japanese and Spanish. The books are illustrated by Brian Pilkington.
Steinar's latest book - Trunt Trunt - included 12 stories based on folklore and locations in the West Region of Iceland. It is illustrated by 6 iIcelandic artists and is available in English and soon in German and French. Ideal to visit the story locations when travelling the West of Iceland.
A new and wonderful Icelandic folk story has emerged, a model children’s book, both for children and adults.
Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir on the Last Troll in Iceland Review Magazine
Below is the map showing locations where the stories in Trunt, Trunt, Folktales of Trolls, Elves and People take place - in the West Region of Iceland.
The Troll Books are available in most bookshops around Iceland and Keflavik International Airport and also at Fossatún Reception.
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 irregularly in Fossatún with full or part line up.
THE SURROUNDINGS: discovering West Iceland
Fossatún is located in the centre of West Iceland region and it is an ideal destination for shorter or longer stays. From here you can visit The West Region´s main attractions which are within short distances. Set Fossatún as your base and discover the wonders of this beautiful region.
Fossatún is only 98 km from Reyjavík (see here how to reach Fossatún by car) and approx. 90km from the south of Snæfellsness peninsula, a "must-see" area in Iceland. Around the peninsula there are villages and towns as well as hiking trails, Saga sites, golden beaches and volcanic peaks.
The gentle cascades of bright water make Hraunfossar Waterfalls a famous spot for visitors and photographers and they are just 35km from Fossatún. The falls emerge from under the moss-covered lava and tumble down a series of rock steps into the river. On your way you will find the Europe´s most biggest hot spring - Deildartunguhver producing 180 liters pr. second of boiling hot water (100°C) to provide for the central heating in the Borgarnes and Akranes towns... and Fossatún. Between Deildartunguhver and Hraunfossar is Reykholt, a place of history with an exhibition on the culture of mideval time in Iceland and writing of Icelandic Sagas. A little further up road 518is Húsafell, where artist Pall Gudmundsson lives and works and you can find some of his work sculpturing faces out of stones from the neighbourhood. And close to there are the two biggest lava caves in Europe, Surtshellir which is publicly open and accessable, and Vidgelmir where guest can go on a guided tour to explore the colour and rock formations 600 meters into the earth.