Lake Sorvagsvatn - the Lake Above the Ocean

Lake Sorvagsvatn - the Lake Above the Ocean

Lake Leitisvatn/Sørvágsvatn is the largest lake in the Faroe Islands. It is situated on the island of Vágar and has a size of 3.4 km2, more than three times the size of the second largest lake in the Faroe archipelago - a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, located between Scotland, Norway and Iceland. The Faroe islands are an autonomous region of Denmark and a haven for people who want a long walk or incredible landscapes.

The lake - the largest "hanging lake" in the world - is located very close to the ocean and when viewed from above, it appears to be contained far above the surrounding ocean and tilted towards it.

In fact, the elevation difference is only of about 40 meters. The lake is situated in a deep depression, surrounded by high cliffs of 252 and 376 meters on the left and right sides which prevents it from emptying into the ocean. The water exits through the Bøsdalafossur waterfall.