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View of Prestvannet lake
Location Tromsøya island
Coordinates 69°39′33″N 18°56′9″E / 69.65917°N 18.93583°E / 69.65917; 18.93583Coordinates: 69°39′33″N 18°56′9″E / 69.65917°N 18.93583°E / 69.65917; 18.93583
Type Historic reservoir
Basin countries Norway
Max. length 400 m (1,300 ft)
Max. width 300 m (980 ft)
Shore length1 1.3 km (4,300 ft)
Surface elevation 96 m (315 ft)
Settlements Tromsø
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Prestvannet is a small lake on the highest point on the central part of the island of Tromsøya in the city of Tromsø in Troms county, Norway. Prestvannet was built up as a reservoir in 1867, and continued in that function until 1921. Since then it has been used as park land and a nature reserve.

The pond area, just next to a big city has been preserved as a nesting place for various birds. The pond and its surrounding wooded area is an important natural area for the Tromsø area. Encircling the pond, is a track commonly used for recreational activities and sports, as well as a nature trail with plaques informing about the local wildlife. In the winter, the frozen pond is a popular place for ice skating.

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  1. ^ "Prestvannet" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 02-04-2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)