Nestled within the Snæfellsnes Peninsula of Western Iceland, near the charming old fishing village of Arnarstapi, lies Sönghellir – a mystical lava cave that is commonly known as the Cave of Songs. This breathtaking cavern is situated in the midst of the awe-inspiring Snaefellsjokull massif, surrounded by several other fascinating small caves.
Visitors to this enchanting location will be captivated by its unique and outstanding echoing qualities that create a mesmerizing auditory experience. One can attempt to sing or make sounds to fully appreciate and enjoy the echoing effect. The wonders of Sönghellir are not limited to this spectacular cave, as tourists can also explore several other natural attractions nearby, including the awe-inspiring Snæfellsjökull glacier and the historic Bárðar Saga Snæfellsáss statue.
The cave is believed to have been the dwelling place of Bárður Snæfellsás, during his expeditions in Snæfellsnes while building his home. As a matter of fact, it is documented in the sagas that Bárður himself gave the cave its unique appellation- “Sönghellir,” making it the earliest reference to the word “song” or “singing” in such a context.