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The Lakes of Vágar

Lake fishing, Sightseeing or Hiking?

How about a nice trip to one (or several) of the lakes of Vágar? Vágar is enriched with four beautiful lakes. Among these the both the largest and the second largest lakes of the Faroe Islands, Sørvágsvatn/Leitisvatn and Fjallavatn respectively. Or what about a trip to the more remote and heart shaped Vatndalsvatn?

The lakes are also ideal for lake fishing as the trout stock is relatively high in the lakes. No fishing license is required for fresh water fishing in the lakes of Vágar. As always in the Faroe Islands, it is important to check the weather forecast, when you plan to go outside, also for fishing.

Sørvágsvatn / Leitisvatn Lake

At 3.4 square kilometers, the fresh water lake Sørvágsvatn/Leitisvatn is the largest in the Faroe Islands. The lake has also been dubbed “the lake over 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.

Photo: reika.fo

Vatnsdalsvatn

Vatnsdalsvatn is the 3rd largest lake on Vágar. Situated in a valley above the village Bøur, it is relatively easy to get to, although the climb up is steep. The hike would start by the stream "Breiðá" halfway between Bøur and Sørvágur. It would take roughly an hour to hike up to the lake.

On the map, Vatnsdalsvatn appears completely heartshaped, though, the changes in the coast around it over the years has morphed it slightly. This makes it ideal for a romantic hike, and many a couple has had their photo taken with the heartshaped lake in the background. Don't forget to look around you though, because from the same spot you will get the picture of the heartshaped lake, you will also get a fantastic panoramic view of the west coast of Vágar, including Tindhólmur and Mykines.

Fjallavatn

Fjallavatn, with its 1,03 square kilometers, is the 2nd largest lake on Vágar as well as on the whole of the Faroe Islands. It is situated on the north side of the island, 80 meters over the sea level, and is separated from the Atlantic ocean only by a small stream. The area between the lake and the north coast is called “Norð á Munna,” and is a popular hike for locals in the summer; specially on the longest day of the year, where it is possible to watch both sunset and sunrise with in a short period of time. Occationally large whales, including orcas and sperm whales, can be seen in the bay below.

Although it is a long hike Norð á Munna, it is relatively easy: the path from the end of the road in Vatnsoyrar is almost completely flat. Though, it does require you to cross a river, so appropriate footwear is essential. This hike would take 4-5 hours.

It is possible to hike on both sides of the lake, however, the path on the right side of the lake is more popular.

Fjallavatn is filled with trout, though due to it’s remote location it is not that common to see people fishing in it. Due to this, trout fishing on the lake is more of a meditation experience, where people who seek a solitary retreat in nature can spend a few hours fishing in complete tranquility.

Fjallavatn has been a nature conservation area since 1983.

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