Unique rock formations and magnificent waterfalls set a stunning background to Lake Lagarfljot. The lake is famous for a serpentine monster whose sightings have been recorded since the 14th century.

According to eyewitness accounts and written documents the aquatic creature has been described as a snake, dragon, giant worm, horse, seal, and even the shape of a house.

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The water in the 38 kilometer-long (24 mi) lake is made from glacial runoff. The surrounding area has several hiking trails as well as campgrounds.

The largest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstadur forest is found near the lake as well as a waterfall, Hengifoss. Hengifoss, at 118 m (387 ft), is one of the tallest waterfalls in the country. Below it is another waterfall called Litlanesfoss.

The Lagarfljot monster

The Lagarfljotsormur is an serpentine lake monster; related to the scottish monster that lives in Loch Ness; which is purported to live in the lake Lagarfljot in the town of Egilsstadir. Sightings have been logged since 1345 and continue into the 21st century, including a 2012 video supposedly showing the creature swimming.

The Lagarfljotsormur has been sighted several times in modern times, including in 1963 by the head of the Icelandic National Forest Service, Sigurdur Blondal, and in 1998 by a teacher and students at Hallormsstadir School. In 1983, contractors laying a telephone cable measured a large shifting mass near the eastern shore when performing preliminary depth measurements and discovered that the cable had been destroyed.

GPS: 65.175146 N, -14.61703 W