Skorradalsvatn

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Skorradalsvatn
Skorradalsvatn 2004.jpg
seen from the west
Coordinates 64°31′N 21°27′W / 64.517°N 21.450°W / 64.517; -21.450Coordinates: 64°31′N 21°27′W / 64.517°N 21.450°W / 64.517; -21.450
Type natural lake, reservoir
Basin countries Iceland
Max. length 15 km
Max. width 1 km
Surface area 14.7 km²
Max. depth 48 m

Skorradalsvatn is a lake in the west of Iceland. It is situated in a narrow valley between the Hvalfjörður and the valley Reykholtsdalur (see Reykholt). Its length is about 15 km.

Around the lake there are some high mountains, for example Skarðsheiði. People are often surprised when they see the shores of the lake which are quite forested. That is due to reforestation that was started by a governmental initiative. Consequently, the valley looks a bit like some regions in the Alps, for example near Salzburg in Austria.

The lake is also a reservoir so that the level of the water surface has been lifted.

There are no villages on the shores, but a lot of summer houses.

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