Lagarfljót

Lagarfljót lake is one of the main rivers in east Iceland. It stretches some 140 km from its source in Jökulsá á Fljótsdal to its estuary. The upper part of the river forms a long lake, Lögurinn or Lagarfljót, which is the third largest lake in the country, some 53 square kilometres in size. The lake is deep, down to 112 metres, and its bottom is some 90 metres below sea level.

An old folk belief claims that a monster, Lagarfljótsormurinn, lives in the Lagarfjót lake. In centuries past this monster was the source of much fear and it was believed to bode ill tidings if the monster reared its back up out of the water. In later years the monster has not been frequently observed, although clear photographs of it are said to have been taken fairly recently.






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