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View of the lake with Ringedalsfossen in the background (c. 1885)
Ringedalsvatnet is located in Vestland
Location of the lake
Ringedalsvatnet is located in Norway
Ringedalsvatnet (Norway)
LocationUllensvang, Vestland
Coordinates60°07′21″N 6°39′21″E / 60.1226°N 6.6557°E / 60.1226; 6.6557Coordinates: 60°07′21″N 6°39′21″E / 60.1226°N 6.6557°E / 60.1226; 6.6557
Basin countriesNorway
Max. length8 kilometres (5.0 mi)
Max. width1 kilometre (0.62 mi)
Surface area7 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Water volume426,000,000 m3 (557,000,000 cu yd)
Shore length1465 kilometres (289 mi)
Surface elevation18.36 metres (60.2 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Ringedalsvatnet is a lake in Ullensvang Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. The 7-square-kilometre (2.7 sq mi) lake sits just east of the village of Skjeggedal and about 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) east (up the valley) from the village of Tyssedal, which sits on the shore of the Sørfjorden. The lake is the main reservoir for a hydroelectric power station in Tyssedal which provides electricity for the power intensive industries in the nearby town of Odda. The 521-metre (1,709 ft) wide and 33-metre (108 ft) high Ringedals Dam was constructed from 1910–1918.[1]

Due to the extensive regulation of the nearby lakes such as Langavatnet and Nybuvatnet in the mountains above this lake, several of the large waterfalls that once fed Ringedalsvatnet are no longer regularly flowing. The Tyssestrengene and Ringedalsfossen waterfalls were once very notable waterfalls on the cliffs surrounding this lake. The Trolltunga cliff overlooks this lake too, attracting many tourists and hikers each year.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Ringedalsvatnet" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-06-13.

External links[edit]

  • Map of the lakes regulated by "Tyssefaldene" for hydropower plants