Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a cave? Have a kitchen, dining room, pantry and bathroom there? The Laugarvatnshellar Caves have been carved by humans in soft tufted rock. Initially, they served as a shelter for travelers and shepherds, but later … someone decided to live in them. Two families moved there at the beginning of the 20th century. First, Indriði Guðmundsson and Guðrún Kolbeinsdóttir, and then Jón Þorvarðsson and Vigdís Helgadóttir with children. I visited this place on a very windy, stormy day and I wondered what such people heard during the day and night, when completely isolated from civilization, they waited out the bad weather. It so happened that I had a chance for a few minutes alone in one of the caves, which I used for this recording. The sounds that Indriði, Guðrún, Jon or Vigdís heard were probably a bit different – they were also accompanied by animals, and there was probably something cooking on the stove, but I hope I managed to get closer to it and I hope thanks this way you will also feel like Icelandic cave people for a moment.

fot. Magdalena Lukasiak
(on the photo, Herman – our tour guide)

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