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A lake in a valley with hills and trees surrounding it
View of the lake at Åraksbø
Åraksfjorden is located in Agder
Location of the lake
Åraksfjorden is located in Norway
Åraksfjorden (Norway)
LocationBygland, Agder
Coordinates58°55′49″N 7°42′20″E / 58.9302°N 07.7056°E / 58.9302; 07.7056Coordinates: 58°55′49″N 7°42′20″E / 58.9302°N 07.7056°E / 58.9302; 07.7056
Primary inflowsOtra river
Primary outflowsByglandsfjorden
Catchment areaOtra watershed
Basin countriesNorway
Max. length32 kilometres (20 mi)
Max. width0.6 to 1.5 km (0.37 to 0.93 mi)
Surface area11.96 km2 (4.62 sq mi)
Average depth35 metres (115 ft)
Max. depth89 metres (292 ft)
Water volume212.3 Mm3 (7.50×1021 cu ft)[1]
Shore length145.22 kilometres (28.10 mi)
Surface elevation203 metres (666 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Åraksfjorden is a lake in the municipality of Bygland in Agder county, Norway. The 11.96-square-kilometre (4.62 sq mi) lake is part of the Otra drainage basin. The northern part of the lake is fed directly by the river Otra. The southern part of the lake goes through a narrow channel which leads into the Byglandsfjorden. The villages of Frøysnes and Skåmedal are located along the western side of the lake and on the eastern side are the villages of Sandnes and Åraksbø. The Norwegian National Road 9 runs along the eastern side of the lake.

The name of the 32-kilometre (20 mi) long lake was given because it is located near the village of Åraksbø. The central part of the lake is also called the Sandnesfjord and the southern part is also called the Blåfjord.[2]

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  1. ^ This volume includes both the Åraksfjorden and Byglandsfjorden
  2. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Åraksfjorden" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-04-20.