Lagarfljót Lake Monster

Lagarfljót Lake

 

Location: Egilsstaðir, Austurland Region   Map

Surface area: 53 km²

 

Description of Lagarfljot Lake

Lagarfljot Lake is situated near Egilsstaðir, Austurland Region in Iceland. This narrow long lake covers an area of 53 km² and stretches for 25 km. Lagarfljot Lake has only one inflow of Lagarfljot river. It is famous home for alleged aquatic monster that lives here. Local legends claim that a giant worm known locally as Lagarfljótsormur or Lagarfljot worm dwells in frigid waters of Lagarfljot Lake. The first reference to this cryptid date back to 1345. The sightings of this elusive creature continued to this day despite relatively few local citizens and tourists who come to this land. Yet many eye witnesses claim to have seen a giant serpent like animal move through the waters of the calm Lagarfljot Lake and in some instances even make it to shore. Some eye witnesses report seeing a coiled up creature lying motionless on the shores of the lake.

 

 

 

 

Description and habitat
The creature is said to live and its back is usually spotted out of the water in Lagarfljót, a glacial freshwater lake below sea level that has poor visibility thanks to clogging. It is described as longer than a bus, 39 ft (12 m), and has also been reported out of the water, lying coiled or gliding in the trees. It is a monster with many humps, rather than a serpentine type, such as the Loch Ness monster.

The Lagarfljot worm has been sighted several times in modern times, including in 1963 by the head of Iceland's National Forest Service, Sigurður Blöndal, and in 1998 by a teacher and students from the Hallormsstaðir School. In 1983, contractors who Installing telephone wiring they sighted a large shifting mass near the east coast when they made preliminary depth measurements and when they later removed the non-functional cable, they found that it was broken where they had seen the anomaly:

"This cable was specially designed not to kink, it was twisted in several places and was broken and damaged in 22 different places… I think we dragged the cable directly over the belly of the beast. Unless it was through your mouth."

 

In February 2012, the Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV published a video showing the worm swimming in the icy water.This was later explained as a supposed inanimate object moved by the fast current, as it was not moving through the water. A truth commission reported in August 2014 that the opinion of the members was divided as to when to the video, but they saw no reason to doubt the existence of the creature, an expert later judged the veracity of the video as genuine.

A tourist boat named Lagarfljótsormurinn began operating on the lake in 1999, and the Gunnar Gunnarsson institution in Skriduklaustur seeks to preserve the tradition of the Lagarfljot worm for cultural and tourism purposes.

Legend
The legend of the worm is mentioned for the first time in the year 1345. The sightings were considered harbingers of a great event such as a natural disaster.

According to popular folklore compiled by Jón Árnason, the great Lagarfljot snake emerged from a small "lingworm" or thorny dragon; her mother gave a girl a gold ring, and asked her how she could take advantage of the gold in the ring, she told her to place it on top of a lingworm. She did so, and put it on the creature's upper chest for a few days, but then discovered that the little dragon had grown so large that she had broken it. Scared, he threw both the creature and the gold into the lake, where the snake continued to grow and terrorized the countryside, spitting venom and killing people and animals. Two Finns were called in to destroy it and retrieve the gold, they said that they had managed to tie the head and tail of the beast to the bottom of the lake but that it was impossible to kill it because there was no larger dragon underneath.

Suggested explanations
Gases rising from the lake bed create openings in the ice, floating debris from the bottom of the lake to the surface, and sometimes warp the atmosphere, creating optical illusions. Remnants of mountain slopes and glaciers accumulate and can be seen as a kind of monster. According to Helgi Hallgrímsson, a biologist from Iceland who has studied the lake extensively, he indicates that these theories could explain some sightings, but not all sightings, while traditional legendary material could explain some of the stories.