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"Lagarfljˇt - the mythical serpent!!" Hallormsstaður Things to Do Tip by Regina1965

Hallormsstaður Things to Do: 4 reviews and 20 photos

  On the look-out for the serpent at Lagarfljót.
by Regina1965
  • On the look-out for the serpent at Lagarfljót. - East Iceland
      On the look-out for the serpent at Lagarfljót.
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  • The lake is greyish white in colour -glacial water - East Iceland
      The lake is greyish white in colour -glacial water
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  • The bridge leading to Egilsstaðir. - East Iceland
      The bridge leading to Egilsstaðir.
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  • Lagarfljótsormurinn ferry. - East Iceland
      Lagarfljótsormurinn ferry.
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  • Lagarfljót in 2014. - East Iceland
      Lagarfljót in 2014.
    by Regina1965

River and lake Lagarfljót run through Hallormsstaðaskógur forest and the biggest town in East-Iceland, Egilsstaðir, is situated by Lagarfljót. The lake is greyish white in colour as it has got glacial water.

In Lagarfljót lives a monster, Iceland´s equivalent to Loch Ness, which has been seen by people through the ages, called Lagarfljótsormurinn, the Lagarfljót serpent. So beware. There are reports from 1345 and in 1589 the serpent (worm, wyrm, monster) is said to have raised its back so high above the lake that a ship could have passed under it.

There were frequent sightings during the next centuries of the serpent raising its humps. In 1861 some travellers spotted the serpent and in 1967 employees at the Hallormsstaður forestry station saw the serpent swimming up the lake. They followed it by car to the edge of the forest, but it disappeared further on. I add a video recorded in 2012 of the serpent.

The river Lagarfljót is 140 km long and the lake is 53 km2 long and its greatest depth is a 112 meters, making it one of Iceland´s deepest lakes. It has got bridges on both ends so you can drive on either side of the lake. The river originates in the Vatnajökull ice-cap and flows north to the Arctic ocean.

Address: Lagarfljót, Fljótsdalshérað
Directions: Egilsstaðir is by the lake on ring-road 1, then take route 931 to make a round-trip from Egilsstaðir around the lake which is 77 km with a lot of interesting sights.

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  • Updated Feb 27, 2015
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  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    After seeing the video i believe the serpent is as real or as fake as the Loch Ness Monster! A pity i could not get the farmer's interview in English!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Feb 28, 2015 at 9:53 AM

      I agree, fake or not, local legends are always cool :) I am reading up on Icelandic legends and stories about the hidden people at the moment, so I will be adding quite a few of those soon ;)

    • briantravelman's Profile Photo
      Feb 28, 2015 at 10:40 AM

      Oh yeah, please do. I love reading stuff like that.


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