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Lake Kleifarvatn in Iceland
Coordinates63°55′N 21°59′W / 63.917°N 21.983°W / 63.917; -21.983Coordinates: 63°55′N 21°59′W / 63.917°N 21.983°W / 63.917; -21.983
Basin countriesIceland
Max. length4.7 km (2.9 mi)
Max. width2.5 km (1.6 mi)
Surface area8 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
Max. depth97 m (318 ft) (as of 2000)

Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, situated in the southern part of the peninsula. It is located on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The lake has no visible water coming in or going out as most of its water comes and leaves underground.[1] The lake can be reached via a track, and there are two areas with high temperature that can be found not far from it: Seltún/Krýsuvík and another to the east. The lake's greatest depth is 97 m. After the 2000 Iceland earthquakes, the lake began to diminish, and 20% of its surface has since disappeared.

Kleifarvatn, June 2008

The novel Kleifarvatn by Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indriðason was named after the lake.

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  1. ^ "Lake Kleifarvatn". Hit Iceland. Retrieved 5 July 2016.

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