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Location of Lagarfljót in Iceland.
Location of Lagarfljót in Iceland.
Coordinates65°11′N 14°36′W / 65.183°N 14.600°W / 65.183; -14.600Coordinates: 65°11′N 14°36′W / 65.183°N 14.600°W / 65.183; -14.600
Primary inflowsLagarfljót
Primary outflowsLagarfljót
Basin countriesIceland
Max. length25 km (16 mi)
Max. width2.5 km (1.6 mi)
Surface area53 km2 (20 sq mi)
Max. depth112 m (367 ft)
Surface elevation20 m (66 ft)

Lagarfljót (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈlaːɣarˌfljouːt]) also called Fljótið [ˈfljouːtɪθ] is a lake situated in the east of Iceland near Egilsstaðir. Its surface measures 53 square kilometres (20 sq mi) and it is 25 kilometres (16 mi) long; its greatest width is 2.5 km (1.6 mi) and its greatest depth 112 m (367 ft). The River Lagarfljót flows through this lake. The 27 MW Lagarfossvirkjun hydropower station is located at its lower end.[1]

The biggest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstaðaskógur is found near the lake as well as a waterfall, Hengifoss. Hengifoss, at 128 m (420 ft), is one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. Below it is another waterfall called Litlanesfoss.

As with the Scottish lake Loch Ness, a cryptid serpent, called Lagarfljótsormurinn by locals, is believed by some to live in the depths of Lagarfljót.

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  1. ^ "Lagarfossvirkjun". (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2017-12-04. <! 65.506942, -14.364486 -->

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