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The Lagarfljótsormur, Lagarfljotsormurinn, Lagarfljót worm, (or simply Iceland Worm Monster) is an Icelandic lake cryptid.[1] The worm is purportedly located in Lagarfljót Lake, a freshwater, below-sea-level, glacial-fed body of water in Egilsstaðir.[2][3] The water visibility is incredibly poor as a result of siltation, and the creature--if it does exist--has not been scientifically studied. Sightings have been consistently logged since 1345. There are many stories about kynjaskepnur, that is, strange animals or unknown phenomena, in Lagarfljót.

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The worm-like creature is presumed to be longer than a football field, or 300 feet (91 m), and has been seen coiled near the shore by countless eyewitnesses. According to reports, it has been spotted in both water and dry land. It is believed that it can slither onto land.

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One of these stories concerns the Lagarfljótsormur, that is thought to live in a connecting river and show itself only very rarely. The legend of the worm is first mentioned in the Icelandic Annals of 1345. When a hump surfaced out of the river, it was thought to bode great news. More recently, gasses that are forced up out of the water have been discovered in two places and it is thought that this may offer an explanation.

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