Lake Sørvágsvatn: a lake that overlooks the ocean

One of the most fascinating optical illusions in Nature

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By Max Bender

Lake Sørvágsvatn

Lake Sørvágsvatn is the biggest lake of the Faroe Islands, the small islands situated northwest of Scotland and halfway between Norway and Iceland.

More precisely, the lake is located on the island of Vágar and the feature that is making it a photographer’s favorite is easily understandable watching the following picture:

Feeling dizzy watching Lake Sørvágsvatn from a cliff

Lake Sørvágsvatn looks like a rocky outcrop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. An unbelievable landscape that will make you think it’s made up.

Lake Sørvágsvatn: aerial view
Lake Sørvágsvatn: aerial view.

Actually, there is a bit of optical illusion at work here. The lake is actually higher than the ocean, but not by hundreds of meters as it would seem in some pictures.

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Lake Sørvágsvatn is about 30 meters above the sea level and the cliff facing the camera is more than 100 meters high, but the angle of the photo will make you think they are at the same level.

If we change angle, from an aerial view, this is what we would see.

Here’s also a video that better explains the trick!

A truly unique scenery, in any case, don’t you think?

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