is the second largest one in the East, about 85 miles (140 km) long.
On its way it fills up a deep, glacier carved valley and forms a 21
miles (35 km) long and 350 feet deep lake called Logurinn with an area
of 52 km². Its deepest point lies about 290 feet below sea level and
its volume is close to 2200 gig litres.
The lake was netted with good results, but angling was and
successful, because of the limited visibility in the grey glacial
water. According to legends
a big monster called Lagarfljotsormurinn has been there as long as
people remember. Its latest sighting in January 2012 was
recorded by the farmer at Hrafnkelsstadir. The monster's namesake, a tourist boat, started operations in
the summer of 1999 with regular trips on the lake and offers special
tours and on board banquets. There is some convection of gasses from
the lake bottom, which leave openings in the ice, when the lake is
frozen over in winter.
A 993 feet long bridge connects the villages
Egilsstadir and Fellabaer at the eastern end of the lake. Further down
river are bogs and a hydroelectric power station with a capacity of
7,5 MW. It was inaugurated in 1975 and when its dam was built, the
water level of the lake was raised considerably. Down by the estuaries
are seal rookeries and every now and then whales are washed ashore.
East Iceland Saga Trail