At 514 metres, Hornindalsvatnet is the deepest lake in Europe. If you're lucky, you might even spot the lake’s monster ‘Horny’, although it’s not something everyone gets to experience. He doesn’t reveal himself to everyone and you have to be in a special frame of mind to catch sight of him.
Hornindalsvatnet is a lake in Stad municipality in Vestland county and in Volda municipality in Møre og Romsdal county. Hornindalsvatnet is the deepest lake in Europe, and among the deepest lakes in the world.
It covers an area of 50.5 square kilometres, is up to 514 metres deep and its elevation is 53 metres above sea level. The lake is thus the largest in Western Norway and the deepest in Europe.
The water in Hornindalsvatnet lake is remarkably clear since there are hardly any glaciers in its catchment area and the water is poor in nutrients. The Eidselva river runs west from the lake to the Eidsfjord, which is an arm of the Nordfjord.