Tyrifjorden

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Tyrifjorden
Holsfjorden, Hole.jpg
Location
Tyrifjorden is located in Buskerud
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Tyrifjorden
Tyrifjorden
Coordinates 60°02′N 10°08′E / 60.033°N 10.133°E / 60.033; 10.133Coordinates: 60°02′N 10°08′E / 60.033°N 10.133°E / 60.033; 10.133
Type Fjord lake
Basin countries Norway
Surface area 136 km²[1]
Average depth 97 m[1]
Max. depth 295 m[1]
Water volume 13.1 km³[1]
Surface elevation 62 m[1]
References [1]

Tyrifjorden (Lake Tyri) is Norway's fifth largest lake with an area of 137 km2. It has a volume of 13 km3, is 295 meters deep at its deepest, and lies 63 meters above sea level. The lake's primary source is the Begna river, which discharges into Tyrifjorden at Hønefoss where the river forms the waterfall of Hønefossen. Its primary outlet is at Geithus near the lake's southwest corner, where Tyrifjorden discharges into the Drammenselva river.


Location[edit]

Tyrifjorden map

Tyrifjorden is located in the county of Buskerud and borders the municipalities of Hole, Lier, Modum, and Ringerike. Tyrifjorden is a landlocked fjord. It consists of a main body, Storfjorden, along with the Holsfjorden, Nordfjorden, and Steinsfjorden branches.

Branches[edit]

  • Nordfjorden – This is the northernmost fjord arm of Tyrifjorden
  • Steinsfjorden – This is the northeastern arm of Tyrifjorden
  • Holsfjorden – This is the southeastern arm as well as being the longest and largest of the fjord branches

Islands[edit]

  • Utøya
  • Storøya – with a golf club
  • Frognøya

The name[edit]

The Old Norse form of the name was just Tyri (or Tyrvi). This uncompounded name is also the first element in the name Tyristrand. The name is derived from the word tyri meaning "old/dead pine (wood)", referring specifically to the woods of the western side of the lake. The last element -fjorden (the finite form of fjord) is a later addition.

Tyrifjorden

2011 shooting massacre[edit]

On 22 July 2011, an island in the lake, Utøya, was the site of a shooting spree during a youth camp held by the Norwegian Labour Party.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Seppälä, Matti (2005), The Physical Geography of Fennoscandia, Oxford University Press, p. 145, ISBN 978-0-19-924590-1 

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