The lake is the largest in the Faroe Islands at 3.4 square kilometers. The lake has also been dubbed “The lake above the ocean” as the view from a particular angle functions as an optical illusion, appearing to look as though the lake is hovering directly above the ocean.
At the end of the lake is the impressive Bøsdalafossur waterfall. The 30m high waterfall flowing directly into the Atlantic Ocean. From the same viewpoint you get a great view of the beautiful sea stack Geituskoradrangur. You can also cross the river Bøsdalsá by using the stepping stones that are placed in the river. You can then walk up to a gorge where there is a good view of Geitaskoradrangur, the bird cliffs of Sørvágsbjørg, Mykines and Mykineshólmur and to the south you see Sandoy, Skúvoy and Suðuroy.
Hiking in this area requires payment of a hiking fee.
All visitors must go through the main gate and check in at the landowners' reception at the beginning of the trail. Information about tours in this area can be found at the landowners website tralanipan.fo and furthermore on hiking.fo and guidetofaroeislands.fo
Legends by the lake
Activities by the lake
Davidsen Hestar (Horseriding)
Enjoy the beautiful Faroese nature while riding on either Faroese or Icelandic horses
Sail on freshwater lake Sørvágsvatn/Leitisvatn with Lakeside Sightseeing
Experience the stunning attractions of Vagar island through an enchanting kayak adventure.
The Nix Statue
In the lake of Sørvágsvatn/Leitisvatn there is a statue of the Nix formed as a horse.
The lake has been dubbed "the lake above the ocean" as the view from a particular angle functions as an optical illusion.
Trælanípan (Slave Cliff)
Trælanípa is a perpendicular rock wall, which juts 142 meters upwards out of the sea.
Experience Vágar from above (Atlantic Airways)
Take a tour with the helicopter and see the Faroe Islands from above