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Go troll hunting: Giant troll in West Seattle

Visit Thomas Dambo's creation in Lincoln Park

Seek out this magical giant troll in West Seattle.

Seattle’s beloved Fremont Troll is getting some company through five giant wooden trolls installed throughout the Seattle area. This one can be found in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park, and she is truly a magical sight to see. 

Meet Bruunidun

Named Bruunidun (“Idun” for short, pronounced “Eden”), the troll is nestled among the trees playing an enormous flute to call home the native Orcas. Idun is made from recycled and found materials by Danish environmental artist Thomas Dambo (and assembled onsite with a team of local volunteers) as part of his Northwest Trolls Way Of The Bird King project. Idun is the third troll in the Pacific Northwest series out of a total of five in the Seattle area. These models are found in Portland, Bainbridge Island, West Seattle, Issaquah, Vashon Island, and Ballard.

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Visiting the giant troll in West Seattle

The exact locations of Idun and her troll friends are not publicly disclosed, but that’s all a part of the adventure! Take your time exploring new places and enjoying the nature where the trolls reside. When you’re ready to find Idun, I’d recommend parking in the Lincoln Park #2 Parking Lot and following the mostly paved trail–and the crowds!–toward Colman Pool.

The walk from the parking lot to Idun is about 0.3 miles, so bring walking shoes or wheels for your little ones. Alternatively, you can park at the main Lincoln Park parking lot on Fauntleroy Way Southwest and hike down to the beach, through the dirt and gravel forest trails (about 1 mile, each way).

Public restrooms and port-o-potties are available throughout Lincoln Park and at Colman Pool.

Gifts for the giant troll in West Seattle

Many visitors are bringing nature gifts to leave at Idun’s feet. Watch for interesting stones, shells, sticks or leaves along your walk to Idun. Collect them and leave them for her (and others) to enjoy.

Make a day of it

There are several fun things to do in Lincoln Park after you visit with Idun. Colman Pool is an outdoor waterfront pool with public swim sessions in the summer.

Lincoln Park also offers 5 miles of hiking trails for exploring the forests and beaches. Leashed dogs are welcome if you want to bring your furry friend along on the adventure.

The pebbly beaches in Lincoln Park are perfect for adventure-seekers who want to fish, skip rocks, or splash in the water.

More of West Seattle: Beach time, boardwalks, bikes and more

Consider exploring more of West Seattle while you’re on your troll-hunting adventure. We drove from Lincoln Park, about 10 minutes along the waterfront, to Alki Beach, my favorite Seattle-area sandy beach. We played at the beach for a while, then enjoyed lunch at the original Spud’s Fish & Chips. They’re going on nearly 100 years at this location, so you know it’s good!

While you walk along the beach, enjoy the incredible views across the water of the Seattle skyline. If you’re up for an even bigger adventure, you can also add on a side trip from Alki to downtown Seattle via the West Seattle Water Taxi. Hop on and ride into town to extend your adventure into the city.

After lunch, we headed over to Alki’s “Whale Tail” playground and explored the whale sculpture and the sand area.

Located on Alki Avenue, rent and then take a spin on a bike, surrey, or e-bike from Wheel Fun Rentals. The 2.5-mile-long paved “boardwalk” will guide you to see the sites and tucker out the kiddos, just in time for the trip back home.

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Allison Peterson

Allison Peterson is a former elementary teacher turned full-time driver/chef/tutor/nurse/coach/memory-maker to three children who call her "Mom". She lives in Woodinville, and is always looking for her next adventure!