has for many years been one of the main dwelling place for sheep
gatherers when they round up the sheep each autumn that have
been grassing in this area during the summer. Landmannahellir
is described such in the book Sunnlenskar byggðir V (Rangárþing
II), page 142.
" When the sheep gatherers round up their sheep they have their
main centre at Landmannahellir, south of mount Hellisfjall. Earlier
the cave itself, that is today neither big nor magnificent, used as
a stable for the horses, and it was estimated that 70 horses could stay
there, up to 80 horses if they squeezed in. Sometimes people slept in
a small side cave, and once a small cottage was in front of the cave.
In 1907 a cottage was built close to the cave and rebuilt later".
At the east side of the cave are the ruins of walls, used to keep the
sheep on one place.
The cave is not big today and it most likely that it has gradually
shrunk somehow or perhaps the cave was bigger earlier in the
people's minds. The cave is in fact not more than a small cave
sheep gatherers use the good facilities at Landmannahellir still
as one of their main dwelling place when they round up sheep
in autumn and they stay there for two nights.
old hut for sheep gatherers was built 1907.