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seen from the west
|Type||Natural lake, reservoir|
|Max. length||15 km (9.3 mi)|
|Max. width||1 km (0.62 mi)|
|Surface area||14.7 km2 (5.7 sq mi)|
|Max. depth||48 m (157 ft)|
Around the lake there are some high mountains, for example Skarðsheiði. Unusually for Iceland, the shores of the lake are quite forested due to reforestation started by a governmental initiative. Consequently, the valley looks a bit like some regions in the Alps, for example near Salzburg in Austria.
The lake is also a reservoir so that the level of the water surface has been lifted.
There are no villages on the shores, but a lot of summer houses.