We all know about the legend of the Loch Ness Monster but did you know that Iceland has its very own version of Nessie?
The Lagarfljótsormur, or Icelandic worm monster, is purported to live in Lagarfljót, Egilsstaðir and was first ‘sighted’ in 1345. Serpent like in appearance, longer than a football field and with many humps, the creature often rises above the waterline of its freshwater home. Indeed, it has even been sighted out of the water, either coiled up or slithering through the lakeside trees.
In modern times, the Lagarfljótsormur has been spotted by the head of the Icelandic National Forest Service, Sigurður Blöndal, in the 1960s and by a teacher and students from the Hallormsstaðir School in the 1980s.
So, if you are off to Iceland in the near future, remember to pack your binoculars as you just don't know who you'll bump into on your travels!