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Hidden Cave Excavated By Hand – VIDEO

Published May 17, 2016

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Two Icelanders took it upon themselves to open the entrance to a cave that was buried by a landslide 20 years ago, and they brought a camera inside. The video in this article may be difficult for the claustrophobic to watch.

Skriðnahellir, a cave located on a stretch of shoreline between Borgarfjörður eystri and Njarðvík, was sealed off 20 years ago by a landslide. Attempts were made shortly thereafter to open the cave again, but to no avail – until now, RÚV reports.

Two men – Bergvin Snær Andrésson and Hlynur Sveinsson – spent last weekend’s 3-day holiday excavating the entrance, armed with nothing more than shovels and plastic containers for dragging out mud and rocks. They were eventually able to clear away enough debris to get inside, as you can see in this video:

The cave is not yet ready for the general public to visit. As can be seen, getting into the cave is still a very tight fit, and it will take considerably more work to make Skriðnahellir safely and fully accessible to visitors.

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