Úlfljótsvatn (lake)

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Úlfljótsvatn
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Úlfljótsvatn
Úlfljótsvatn is located in Iceland
Úlfljótsvatn
Úlfljótsvatn
Location Southern Region, Iceland
Coordinates 64°7′12″N 21°1′59″W / 64.12000°N 21.03306°W / 64.12000; -21.03306Coordinates: 64°7′12″N 21°1′59″W / 64.12000°N 21.03306°W / 64.12000; -21.03306
Primary inflows Sog
Primary outflows Sog
Basin countries Iceland
Surface area 2.45 km2 (0.95 sq mi)
Max. depth 20 metres (66 ft)
Surface elevation 80 m (260 ft)

Úlfljótsvatn (Úlfljótur's Lake or Ugly Wolf Lake) is a lake in southern Iceland, to the south of lake Þingvallavatn, 74km east of Reykjavík. Úlfljótsvatn is named after Úlfljótur, an important man who was involved in the Althingi (Icelandic Parliament) in 930.[1]

In the vicinity, the Icelanders have many summer cottages.

Geography[edit]

The lake has an area of 2.45 km² and is situated at an altitude of 80 m. At the deepest point, Úlfljótsvatn is about 20 meters deep.[2] The lake has a water area of 2.45 km² and is located directly south of the larger lake Þingvallavatn on the Sog river, which continues to Álftavatn.

The lake in the warm season attracts anglers. Trout and lake char can be found in the waters of the lake.[2]

History[edit]

Orkuveita Reykjavíkur bought the rights in 1929-1933 to generate electricity in the upper run of the Sog. In 1937, the Ljósafoss power station was then built, increasing the water level by about 1 metre.

The Icelandic Scout and Guides Association has had its national scout centre by the lake since 1940. It hosted the World Scout Moot there in 2017.

Traffic[edit]

To the east of the lake is road no. 36, southwest of road no. 360.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2.3". Íslendingabók [Book of Icelanders] (in Icelandic).
  2. ^ a b "Úlfljótsvatn". nat.is. Retrieved 6 September 2017.

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