Lille Lungegårdsvannet

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Lille Lungegårdsvannet
Lille Lungegårdsvannet-improved.jpg
Lille Lungegårdsvannet and the city hall (right), viewed from the south.
Location Bergen, Hordaland
Coordinates 60°23′26″N 5°19′40″E / 60.3906°N 5.3278°E / 60.3906; 5.3278Coordinates: 60°23′26″N 5°19′40″E / 60.3906°N 5.3278°E / 60.3906; 5.3278
Basin countries Norway
Max. length 215 metres (705 ft)
Max. width 150 metres (490 ft)
Surface area 20,500 m2 (5.1 acres)
Shore length1 700 metres (2,300 ft)
Surface elevation 0 metres (0 ft)
References NVE
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lille Lungegårdsvannet or Smålungeren is a small 5 acres (0.020 km2) lake in the centre of the city of Bergen in Hordaland county, Norway. The octagonal lake is a natural lake that was historically connected to the nearby Store Lungegårdsvannet bay via a short strait, but the strait was filled-in in 1926. Today the lake is located in a park, in the city centre. There is a large decorative fountain located in the central part of the lake.


Historically, the lake was much larger than it is now. As the city grew, Lille Lungegårdsvannet slowly but steadily shrank to its present size by adding fill to the sides of the lake to reclaim land. The sides were straightened and it was artificially made into an octagon shape. It finally reached its present shape during the mid-20th century. Historically, there was a short strait that ran between this lake and the nearby Store Lungegårdsvannet bay. As this lake was reduced in size, the strait was also changed. In 1926, the strait between this lake and Store Lungegårdsvannet was removed and replaced by an underground culvert system. Because of this underground connection, it is possible to see fluctuations in the height of the lake due to the tide.[1]

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  1. ^ Hartvedt, Gunnar Hagen (1994). Bergen Byleksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. ISBN 82-573-0485-9.