The mysterious lake Lagarfljót appears different everyday. Some days it reflects the red sky while others the dark grey-brownish color of the glacier water hides the creatures of the lake. And in February and March we can expect the lake to be covered with ice, but no one dares to go skating. It might be related to the wyrm monster.
As has often been mentioned on this website there are many sightings of mysterious movements or phenomens on or in the Lagarfljot lake. Is it the wyrm or some other monsters? Usually the eye-witnesses don’t have their camera by hand. But sometimes they have, just like Hjortur Kjerulf in February 2012. And here is a link to a new footage taken in February 2013 of some mysterious movements on the monster lake.
Jeremy Wade was one of those who visited Lagarfljot region last summer after having heard about the lake monster in the world news. He spent some time trying to catch our wyrm and of course he dropped by at Hjörtur Kjerulf’s home and got good advice and description. This episode in the 5th season of River Monsters is called Legend of Loch Ness and will go out on Animal Planet US on 27th May.
The winter is drifting away around the monster lake. But the ice on the shore has various forms, some of them reminds you of the mysterious creatures that many have seen in the lake. This is pictures taken yesterday in Atlavik where the north wind has blown drifting ice to the shore and the sun has melted it into forms. Is this sculpture a copy of the monsters head?
There is no ice on the monster lake this winter. It has not been cold enough. But the wind gathers the ice crystals in the end of the lake where from it drifts as big white plates, shield for the monsterous wyrm to hide under!
A group of experts from the TV program Fact or faked came to Iceland last spring. They did research the location where Hjortur Kjerulf shot his footage in February and tried to make things moving in the water there just like the “monster” on the footage. But they also went out to the big Lagarfljot lake in hunt for the worm monster. The episode can now been seen on the web.
Villi naglbítur is an Icelandic TV & Rockstar doing a travel program for Siminn. He goes to remarkable places all around Iceland. Of course he had to visit Hjörtur Kjerúlf at Hrafnkelsstadir, the farmer who filmed the mysterious monster swimming in the river beneath his home in February. Here you can see clips from Villi’s visit to Hrafnkelsstadir.
The inhabitants of the region of lake Lagarfljot have an annual festival in late August named after the monster. Ormsteiti it is called, a full week of exhibitions, concerts, celebrations and gatherings with a little bit of carnival style here in the far north. And the lake monster of course is in the spotlight the whole week, appearing or not appearing. Check ormsteiti.is for more information.
East Iceland welcomes you with your interest in the lake monster. And there is so much more to see here than the Lagarfljot wyrm. The region is rich of folktales and sightings of elves, trolls and more monsters then the one in Lagarfljot lake. And don’t forget our ghosts who can really spook you in some of the old houses where accommodation is offered. Learn more about the hospitality of East Iceland at http://www.east.is