Exciting find in Lygnstøylsvatnet

Lake Lygnstøylsvatnet is one of the most spectacular divesites in Norway, and hundreds or even thousands of dives are made here annualy. Recently, a very exciting find was made in the lake - see video!

Posted on Aug 7, 2012

Lake Lygnstøylsvatnet was born after a landslide closed off the river Lygna in 1908. Soon after the water rose above the dairy huts, stone fences, gates and the old road through the valley.

The inhabitants had to evacuate, leaving behind what has since become a spectacular divesite which is even promoted by Visit Norway.

» Lygnstøylsvatnet on Visit Norway

The "official" story tells of remains of eight or nine farmhouses on the bottom of the lake, all easily visible even from the surface:

The remains of the farmhouses are easily seen, even from the surface. The "new" farmhouse is located somewhere to the right of the rock in the left of the image, on the far side of the lake.

An exciting, new find

For years, I have been diving and photographing the known attractions, oblivious to the fantastic site on the rarely dived far side of the lake.

On a dive in June I decided to explore the far side - and was in for a huge surprise: Suddenly I came across a rock fence, and soon after I saw the silhouette of a house - not just a rock foundation, but a house!

Swimming closer, I soon realized that the "house" was nothing more than a strangely shaped rock, but below were the remains of a small building.

From a distance, the house-shaped rock really had me fooled - I thought I had come across a house still standing! When I realized it was just a rock I was disappointed for a second, until I saw the remains of a building on the bottom in front of it.

These images are probably the first ever of the "new" house. Needless to say, I was breathing heavily with excitement while I was documenting the site!

Not my speciality, but here is nevertheless a video of my impressions from the lake:

Upgrading the site

The local authorities have decided to upgrade the information sign at the lake telling the story about the landslide.

With the help of a local diveclub and the maritime museum in Bergen they will produce a topographic underwater map of the lake.

As far as I have been able to determine, the new farmhouse was not detected during the documentation work, and it seems some more diving will have to be done...

This image was shot around 1910, soon after the lake had been created. The maid can no longer use the road to get the milk from the diary farm down to the village. Reproduced from an information sign at the site, photo by Mittet & Co.

The new sign should be up by the beginning of 2013. There are also plans to widen the road to make room for more parking spaces, but this is still in the planning phase.

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