Flooded Forest

Once upon a time there was a peaceful valley with a small river running through it. Then the mountain above it started to rumble, and a big rockslide came crashing down. Lake Lygnstøylsvatnet was born.

Posted on Aug 8, 2009

Soon after the rockslide, it became evident to the inhabitants that the valley was going to be flooded, and they had to evacuate everything.

Within a few hours the water rose above their farmhouses, stone fences, gates, a bridge and even a forest. Today, over a hundred years later, lake Lygnstøylsvatnet offers a unique dive.

The eerie feeling of hovering above the remains of the settlement is like nothing else you can experience under water!

Visibility is often excellent in the cold, clear water that floods directly down from the snowy mountaintops above, offering excellent photo opportunities of the sunken landscape.

Although there are some brook trout to be seen, this is a typical wide-angle dive - I usually put on my 10,5 mm fisheye or a Sigma 10-20 mm lens.

Even non-divers can see some of the remains of the diary huts in Lygnstøylsvatnet from the lakeside. Under water, the sights are even more spectacular.

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