As recently as last weekend, drilling for cold water on the farm Ríp in Hegranes, Skagafjörður, had not gone well for contractors, according to Feykir. Hegranes is known for being home to one of the largest populations of elves in the country. Therefore, there were suggestions that problems with the drilling project might be explained by the contractors’ failure to obtain permission for the project
from the elves.
The company in charge of drilling, VCK ehf., had experienced countless problems for two weeks, with their equipment repeatedly malfunctioning. Once the reason for this string of failures was finally detected, negotiations with the elves were initiated.
Birgir Þórðarson, farmer on Ríp revealed that the negotiations were successful, and that the project site had been moved farther away from the cliff where the drilling was planned. Thereby, drilling would be done outside the area believed to contain an old graveyard, although no one knows exactly where it used to be.
Not surprisingly, since the agreement was reached, workers are finally making progress. They have been able to drill to a depth of 90 m (295 ft) and have discovered adequate water, but just in case, they plan to drill another 10 m (33 ft).
Among the residents of Hegranes, there is a strong belief in the existence of elves. According to RÚV, the Icelandic Road Administration had to cancel plans in 1978 to use explosives to eliminate a hill in the road through Tröllaskarð after negotiations with elves broke down.