Icelandic folklore tales are filled with stories about elves, trolls and ogresses which are often portrayed in children’s books by local authors and outdoor sculptures by local artists. The Giantess in the Mountain is a large art piece based on a children’s book by Icelandic author Herdis Egilsdottir.

The Giantess in the mountain moved to the Town of Reykjanes during the family and cultural festival Night of Lights in 2008 and is now located in Black Cave at the marina in Grof. There the Giantess has been settling in her nice cave with its superb view over the bay of Keflavik and Faxafloi. The Giantess is originally the creation of author Herdis Egilsdottir. Egilsdottir has written 16 stories, from 1959 onwards, about the little girl Sigga and her friend Giantess in the mountain. The last story describes her migration to the Town of Reykjanes.

The design

The design and making of the cave and the Giantess was in the hands of Nordanbal art group. The Giantess is 400 years’ old and over 5 metres high. She has eyes the size of footballs and sits sleeping in a rocking chair in the kitchen. Although she’s large there’s no need to be alarmed she’s always puts effort into being polite and helpful.