This is the village of Vik in the Southern tip of Iceland.
One side of this town faces the open sea, while the other side lies Katla, an active volcano.
Rock cliffs, stone bridges, basaltic fingers shaped by the full force of the sea are nesting places for the Puffins and Arctic terns.
In this southernmost village in Iceland, before Katla the volcano came to be, there lived a girl, named Katla. She is a strange girl. A witch. And she owns magic panties with superpowers. The panties make her super fast. Katla works as a housekeeper to the town’s abbot. One day she accompanied the abbot to a trip out of the town. Before they left, the abbot instructed Bardi, the herdsman to gather all the sheep before they come back to the village in the afternoon. Soon, it was already afternoon and Bardi was stressed as he couldn’t manage to find all the sheep yet and the abbot is coming back soon. Bardi remembered Katla’s magic panties and put them on. He managed to round up all the sheep before the abbot arrived. Katla, however was enraged that Bardi has worn her panties. So she drowned Bardi. Soon the abbot found out and Katla, run away.
She kept on running, until she saw a glacier and leapt into a crevasse. She disappeared. Right after she leapt, a violent eruption shook the whole mountain and melted the glacier. It was Katla. Enraged with Bardi for wearing her panties.
Apparently there are different versions to this folklore. This is one version from a villager. Katla is a very active volcano, with cycles of 85-95 years in between eruptions. It is entering its 90 plus year this year so it could erupt anytime. An eruption from Katla would melt the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and trigger flash floods that could wipe out the entire village. So how could the villagers survive this disaster? They could take refuge in the village church sitting on the hill.
If they couldn’t make it to the church, they could take shelter in this shack, which couldn’t be reached by the melted glacier.
However, this hut is haunted. Check out those huge flies in the window.