Posted by franz (Baden, Austria) on 30 October 2014 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.
iceland 2014 (56)
three images of the beautiful shore of a lake near egilsstaðir in eastern iceland
the name of the lake is lagarfljót or lögurinn - both names are used. it is the second largest natural lake in iceland (there are larger man-made lakes in the highlands, always in connection with dams and power stations). it measures 35 km by 2.5 km and follows a geological fault line. that's why it is up to 112 m deep, which means the bottom of the lake is iceland's lowest lying point.
word has it that there's a giant monster called "laggi" living in the lake, guarding a golden treasure. first reports of "sightings" are from the 13th century; it was last "seen" in the 19th century.
i feel reminded of new england's hills and lakes and woods when i look at these images.
btw - the woods that you see here are a part of iceland's only larger forest. it is called hallormstaður and covers an area of 740 hectares (1,859 acres). it consists largely of native birch trees, but also contains 90 foreign species, among them iceland's tallest tree, a siberian larch, that was planted in 1938 and measures 15 m.
i'm gone on a tour of belgian cities until sunday. please continue to visit and comment as pictures have been posted. see you november 3!
in the meantime, happy hallowe'en !!!
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