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Sottarhellir Cave Thorsmork

Region: Highland
Coordinates: 63.6807° N 19.4826° W

Sottarhellir Cave

Cave Sottarhellir (The Plague Cave) is located in the highest slopes between the former farm Thuridarstadir and Valley Husadalur. In it are three chiselled handles and crosses in the ceiling.

Sagas of IcelandAccording to the legend, 18 men, who had been sent to round up the sheep, sought shelter there for the night. They saw and old ogress as they entered and all but one started teasing her. The ogress cursed them, and during the night all of them died, except the one, who had not participated in demeaning her. After this event, people were scared of spending the night in the
cave until it had been consecrated by a priest and three church bells had been fastened to the handles for the occasion. Some people say, the cave was used as a prayer chapel for a while.

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