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