Former president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has explained the existence of huldufólk tales by saying: "Icelanders are few in number, so in the old times we doubled our population with tales of elves and fairies."
They are also a part of folklore in the Faroe Islands. In Faroese folk tales, huldufólk are said to be "large in build, their clothes are all grey, and their hair black. Their dwellings are in mounds, and they are also called Elves."They also dislike crosses, churches and electricity.
On Nilfeheim the old folklore is still very serious business and most Neo vikinga believe in their variation of the invisible people.