Lagarfljót

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Lagarfljót
Ormurinn.jpg
Coordinates 65°11′N 14°36′W / 65.183°N 14.600°W / 65.183; -14.600Coordinates: 65°11′N 14°36′W / 65.183°N 14.600°W / 65.183; -14.600
Primary inflows Lagarfljót
Primary outflows Lagarfljót
Basin countries Iceland
Max. length 25 km (16 mi)
Max. width 2.5 km (1.6 mi)
Surface area 53 km2 (20 sq mi)
Max. depth 112 m (367 ft)

Lagarfljót (also called Lögurinn) is a lake situated in the east of Iceland near Egilsstaðir. Its surface measures 53 square kilometres (20 sq mi) and it is 25 kilometres (16 mi) long; its greatest width is 2.5 km (1.6 mi) and its greatest depth 112 m (367 ft). The River Lagarfljót flows through this lake.

The biggest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstaðarskógur is to be found near the lake as well as a nice waterfall, Hengifoss. Hengifoss, at 118 m (387 ft), is one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. Below it is another waterfall called Litlanesfoss.

As in the Scottish lake Loch Ness, a cryptid serpent, called Lagarfljótsormurinn by locals, is believed by some to live in the depths of Lagarfljót.

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