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Iceland’s own mythical monster

Have you heard of the Lagarfljót Worm? The long and beastly creature dwelling in the cold waters of Lagarfljót in East Iceland?

Want to check out some great cottages not far from Lagarfljót?

It’s quite the mystery around these parts as to whether this creature is real or simply the creation of some very active imaginations in a part of the country that can get very cold and isolated for many months of the year. Sightings have been reported as far back as the 12th century, and it has been said that viewing the Worm portended a large-scale event, like a natural disaster. Some have even said to have seen the 90-metre behemoth on dry land, lounging on the shore or slithering into the nearby woods.

The cryptid has stirred enough interest among “experts” that not only has it been the topic of a long-lived informal debate within Iceland, but the Lagarfjót Worm has even made international headlines in the past years and prompted an official investigation.

The recent findings of the investigating committee: there is no evidence to suggest the worm doesn’t exist.

So there you have it! The lovely town of Egilstaðir has got its very own Loch Ness Monster. You should spend some time peering into the water next time you’re in the area. You may just spot the worm with your own two eyes.

For now, take a look at the video that captured the mythical creature in action a couple of years ago… what’s your take? Is it a monstrous lake-dwelling worm or something else entirely?


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