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Løkjelsvatnet in winter
LocationEtne, Hordaland
Coordinates59°39′29″N 6°07′44″E / 59.6581°N 6.1288°E / 59.6581; 6.1288Coordinates: 59°39′29″N 6°07′44″E / 59.6581°N 6.1288°E / 59.6581; 6.1288
Basin countriesNorway
Max. length4 kilometres (2.5 mi)
Max. width2.2 kilometres (1.4 mi)
Surface area4.51 km2 (1.74 sq mi)
Shore length115.79 kilometres (9.81 mi)
Surface elevation626 metres (2,054 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Løkjelsvatnet or Lykilsvatnet is a regulated lake in the municipality of Etne in Hordaland county, Norway. The 4.51-square-kilometre (1.74 sq mi) lake lies about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of the village of Etnesjøen. Water from the lake falls 400 metres (1,300 ft) vertically in tunnels and pipelines to the Hardeland hydroelectric power station. The site is operated by Haugaland Kraft.[1]

The Haugesund section of the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association operates the Løkjelsvatn cabin on the west shore of the lake, and there are marked maintain paths connecting the area to the rest of a nationwide network of paths. The lake has a rich population of brown trout which is popular among fishermen.[2]

A group of eleven domesticated reindeer were introduced to the Etnefjellet mountain area in 1990, and the herd has adopted the Løkjelsvatnet lake area as its main habitat. This herd is now viewed and administered as if it were a wild herd.[3]

Løkjelsvatnet in winter


  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Litledalselva – elv i Etne" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-31.
  2. ^ "Report on fish in regulated lakes in Hordaland" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Status of wild animals in Etne". Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-24.

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