The Lake That Tricks You With an Optical Illusion



For centuries, humans have been fascinated by optical illusions. It's even more fascinating when these illusions appear in nature. The Faroe Islands are a small group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, between Iceland and Norway. Lake Sørvágsvatn is located on the island of Vágar and is the largest lake in the Faroe Islands. This lake appears to sit high above the ocean on a cliff. However, this is just an optical illusion. The below picture, taken from 300 feet above at an angle, makes the lake appear much higher than the North Atlantic Ocean. Its surrounding cliffs are higher, which prevents the lake from emptying into the ocean. The island also held a historical role during the British occupancy of the Faroe Islands in World War II. Sitting near important geopolitical points, the British built an airfield on Faroe to be used against to potential German warships. The British Royal Engineers built the airport to the west of the Lake Sørvágsvatn, a point obscured from enemies. Whether you look at the lake from straight on or at an illusion-casting angle, Lake Sørvágsvatn provides absolutely breathtaking views. If you would like to visit the Faroe Islands, Atlantic Airways is the only way in.