Surtshellir cave

Surtshellir cave in Hallmundarhraun lava field is the largest and best known cave in Iceland. The 1970 meters long cave has 5 openings, all of them are quite big except one. The southern part of the cave is called Íshellir (Ice cave) and, as the name says, it is possible to see impressive ice formations in this part of the cave. Surtshellir has a long history. It is told that a band of outlaws resided in the cave in the earlier centuries. From here they raided the countryside and stole the livestock from neighboring farms. Nowadays the remains of their settlement can still be seen in the cave. Travellers Eggert and Bjarni visited Surtshellir in 1753 and left some money under the top stone of the milestone in the cave. That´s how the tradition to leave money in the cave started. In 1903 people from the neighboring farm Kalmanstunga noticed, that somebody is taking the money from the cave, so they decided to take it and preserve it in their farm. The pictures of the coins below were taken in the farm. It is still possible to see the milestone in the cave.

 

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