I think that the most reasonable explanation for this elf phenomena is that the conditions in Iceland just happen to be ideal for actually observing spirits and promoted spirits we call angels. From my perspective I do not have to assign a new class of being as a new conjecture to be investigated.
Iceland has a minimalist biome and that means there is far less interference in seeing such a spirit. Thus it becomes much more likely that they would naturally emerge within the culture as active participants. Reports suggest that they are just as active elsewhere but simply rarely perceived.
Why Icelanders are wary of elves living beneath the rocks
19 June 2014 Last updated at 20:03 ET
- Work on the highway to link the Alftanes peninsula to the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer was halted when campaigners warned it would disturb elf habitat and a protected area of untouched lava
- The chapel (pictured, with Petur) is a 12-foot-high jagged rock
- The matter was resolved in part when a local lady who claims to talk to elves, mediated and they agreed to the road so long as their chapel was carefully moved and put elsewhere
- The highways authority will not reveal the cost of moving the rock, but says it weighs 70 tonnes and they will have to hire a crane