Langisjór

Day 77. 15th September. Langisjór, Highlands, Iceland.

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When I woke up early in the morning, before dawn, it had snowed.   I still had to drive back out but before that I took time to appreciate the serene beauty of this remote lake and its snowclad mountains.

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I had parked for the night beside the only building on the lake.  This is a house for rent.  There is sleeping bag accomodation for four on beds and two on a couch.  It has running water and a toilet and renting it comes with a licence to fish for trout in the lake.

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Langisjór is a deep glacial lake twenty kilometres long and up to two kilometres wide and 75 metres deep.  No mention of it is known before the late nineteenth century, which attests to its remoteness and was why I wanted to visit it.

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The lake’s name means Long Sea and because of the surrounding mountains, the lake can’t be seen until it is reached.

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Langisjór’s outlet is at the other end of the lake, near the glacier and about three kilometres from the inner edges of the lake.  It goes out through Útfall as a waterfall into Skaftá, which feeds into the lakes, rivers and marshes of Skaftárhreppur, in the next valley parallel south.

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A ridge caught in the light of dawn.

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There were plans five to ten years ago for Landsvirkjun, Iceland’s national electric company, to exploit this area for hydroelectric power.  After an intense national debate, those proposals were defeated and plans are underway to make Langisjór and its surrounding area a part of Vatnajökull National Park .

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7 comments on “Langisjór

  1. airtrails says:

    Stunning pictures!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wow! Amazing pictures!

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  3. leecleland says:

    How wonderful to awake to a snowfall overnight making everything pristine again. Awesome spot and how amazing that there is no mention of it in earlier years. How many more natural wonders are there that the common man just never hears about?

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    • Murray Foote says:

      It would be an amazing spot in any circumstances and snow makes everything magical.

      This place was hidden for so long because it wasn’t near a route to anywhere and you didn’t see it until you were on it.

      There’s probably any number of wonders on PNG that noone except the locals know about. I can even think of one in Canberra that I know of but have yet to check out (Jerrabomberra wetlands).

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