Flying Lake

The Faroe Islands, or what their name means Lamb Islands, are a small archipelago located in the North Atlantic, between Iceland and Norway. With a total area of about 1,400 km² and a population of about 50,000 inhabitants, the Faroes are a place of breathtaking natural beauty, with towering cliffs, waterfalls, fjords and a variety of marine life. However, one of its main attractions is the Flying Lake.

Flying Lake
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The lake Sørvágsvatn or also called Flying Lake.

One of the most interesting phenomena in the Faroe Islands is a lake located at an altitude of more than 300 meters above sea level, on the edge of a cliff. It is the lake Sørvágsvatn or Leitisvatn. Known as the Flying Lake, it is one of the most visited spots in the archipelago, both by tourists and by the inhabitants of the islands themselves.

Flying Lake is located on the island of Vágar, the third largest island of the Faroes. The lake is accessed on foot, by a hike of about 45 minutes, along a steep and rocky path. But the reward at the end of the trail is breathtaking: a panoramic view of the lake that seems to float in the air.

The name may seem a bit of a stretch, however, it has an explanation. It is actually located in a depression at the top of the cliff, so it appears to be suspended in the air. It is about 30 meters deep and is fed by several streams and waterfalls that flow from the nearby mountains.

A lake that has its own legends

The flying lake is a magical and mysterious place and was the subject of many stories and legends over the years. According to one of those legends, there dwells a sea monster that only shows itself to those who are worthy. Others tell that the lake is a portal to another world, and that those who look inside have visions of the future.

Although these are just stories, there is no doubt that the flying lake is a very special place. Many tourists visit the Faroe Islands every year just to see the lake. Many of them also hike to the Múlafossur waterfall, which is located near the village of Gásadalur, and is another of the most photographed spots in the Faroe Islands.

The Faroes are also famous for their gastronomy, based mainly on seafood, such as cod, salmon and herring. Faroese cuisine is simple but tasty, and many of the traditional dishes include ingredients such as mutton and barley.

In addition, the Faroe Islands are a perfect place to experience the local culture. The Faroese are friendly and welcoming, and there are often festivals and events celebrating Faroese music, art and tradition.

An attractive proposition to go visit, don’t you think?

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