fredag 29 april 2011

I have now lived next to the Lummelunda caves..

..for 2,5 years and never entered them! And parts of the grotto system probably run right under my own grounds!
The extensive cave system reaches far and subsequently you are not permitted to do any deeper interferences with the grounds as for instance, to install geothermal heating etc, when your property is thought to be situated above this winding system of cavities, creeks, small lakes, halls and fossile rock formations..
So on Good Friday I finally entered my neighbouring, exciting cave system. The Lummelunda Creek is meandering deep down there in the dark grounds, with plenty of stalactites and stalagmites, impressive halls and lakes and fossil formations. (Gotland was in the very beginning situated next to Kenya before they split up and the island slided northwards when Gondwana began to break up in the early-Jurassic!)
This little group above felt almost sacral on a Good Friday.

(So OK, I did a little adding on Photoshop to capture my feeling on this - the Virgin with Jesus, Joseph and the Three Wise men.)

Lummelundagrottan (Swedish for "The Lummelunda cave") is a nature reserve located near Lummelunds bruk north of Visby on Gotland, Sweden.
It is best known for the actual cave Lummelundagrottan, also called Rövarkulan (40 acres) and include the cave and an area above the ground. It is one of the longest caves in Sweden; the investigated parts of it measure almost 4 km (2.5 mi) ("The Den of Robbers"). The reserve is 16 haThe site is visited by about 110,000 people each year.
Not quite everything felt sacral though! The old Swedish trolls seemed to keep still on this very day!
Back in 1948 the first efforts were made to enter the rather small system of caves when three young boys with adventures in mind sneaked into the grotto. At one point a rock fell down and exposed a 20 meter long narrow tunnel. They were slim enough to be able to go where no one had been able before. (I am happy I was not their mother!) They discovered two big halls and was subsequently stopped by a lake.

The three adventurous boys who discovered the cave are all still alive today to tell their story:
(In Swedish only, however a reconstruction on the adventures well worth watching anyway!)
Later they brought a raft that took them further into the cave system. Today, diwers have discovered a further 400 meters of tunnels in the grotto as well as the biggest hall room so far.
Cave map