The Lake over the Ocean

Lake SorvagsvatnLake SorvagsvatnThe island of Vagar, in the Faroe Islands, really has something special to offer.

When flying over Lake Sorvagsvatn, the largest lake of the Faroe Islands with its surface area of 3,4 square kilometers, the lake appears to be significantly higher than the sea (left picture).

This is actually an optical illusion, created by perspective and by the higher cliffs that surround it. The lake really is only 30 meters above sea level, although it looks way higher than that! (right picture)

Still it’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?

Faroe Islands

Photo credits:
sorvagsvatn by Tommy Wooh (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
20 Vagar (Sorvagsvatn) by Charlie Kellogg (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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