Lasse of the mountain's cave
The desire to be free from earls and barons drove Lasse of the Mountain (Lasse i berget) to take up residence in the mountain cave (Lasse i bergets grotta). The tale of a man and his wife living in a cave in the 19th century has fascinated many people.
Sweden’s last cave-dweller
Lasse of the Mountain’s cave is one of Kinnekulle’s most remarkable sights. Sweden’s last cave-dweller, Lars Eriksson, lived here for 30 years in the late 1800s. Not even earls or barons held sway over him. When visiting the cave it’s difficult to imagine how someone could voluntarily choose to live here. It’s cramped and no amount of heat from the fire could overcome the damp from the rock face.
However, the fact is that Lasse and his wife Inga lived here for almost 30 years. He was certainly a remarkable man.
He was driven by a huge desire for freedom, a love of adventure and an almost manic passion for hunting. No rabbit or fox was safe when Lasse was in the mood for hunting – and that was practically all the time. Lasse was a legend as a hunter in his own lifetime.