Hvítárvatn

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Hvítárvatn
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Coordinates 64°37′N 19°50′W / 64.617°N 19.833°W / 64.617; -19.833Coordinates: 64°37′N 19°50′W / 64.617°N 19.833°W / 64.617; -19.833
Primary outflows Hvítá
Basin countries Iceland
Surface area 30 km2 (12 sq mi)
Max. depth 84 m (276 ft)

Hvítárvatn (also known as Hvítárlón) is a lake in the Highlands of Iceland and the source of the glacial river Hvítá. It is located 45 km northeast of Gullfoss waterfall. Its surface is about 30 km² and its greatest depth is 84 m.

There are some rivers and lakes with the Icelandic adjective hvítur (white) in their name. This is explained by the source of most of Iceland's freshwater, originating from glaciers which make the water light in colour.

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