Sorvagsvatn, the lake ABOVE the ocean, Faroe Islands

Sørvágsvatn (or Leitisvatn) is the biggest lake of the Faroe Islands, situated on the island of Vágar. It covers an area of 3.4 square km, more than three times the size of the second biggest lake Fjallavatn, which also lies on the island of Vágar.

The picture you see below is actually an optical illusion. It appears as if the lake is significantly higher than the ocean. In real, the lake is only 30 meter above the sea level, but the cliff facing the camera is 100 meters high. The position of the camera and the angle of the shot makes it seem like the lake is about the same level as the cliff.

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Here is an aerial shot of Lake Sørvágsvatn that gives a better picture.

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The lake itself is nothing spectacular, other than being the biggest one on Faroe Islands. It’s over 6 km long. The headlands on either side of the Lake drop precipitously from heights of 252 and 376 m. into the North Atlantic. From this perspective, we also have a head-on view of the Bøsdalafossur waterfall, which is the Lake’s outlet into the ocean. Distant north and east of the Lake provide vistas of rugged parts of the island of Streymoy.

Among the locals there is a fierce debate regarding the name of the lake. The inhabitants of Sørvágur take pride in the fact that the lake is named after their village. On the other hand, the inhabitants of Miðvágur want to name the lake Leitisvatn, since, on their side of the lake, the land alongside the body of water is called Leiti.

Today it may seem strange to call the lake Sørvágsvatn given the fact, that the village of Miðvágur is situated closer to the lake, than the village of Sørvágur. The explanation to this is that the village of Sørvágur was settled before Miðvágur.

The locals mostly refer to Sørvágsvatn/Leitisvatn simply by calling it ‘the Lake’ (Vatni). Among the inhabitants on the island everyone knows what ‘the Lake’ is, and it is mostly when people from other parts of the Faroes refer to the lake – either by calling it Sørvágsvatn or Leitisvatn—that the debate will occur.

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Haunted Hollywood: The ‘Atuk’ Curse AKA John Belushi’s Final Film

Atuk is a screenplay written by Tod Carroll. It is an adaption of the 1963 novel The Incomparable Atuk by Mordecai Richler about an Inuit hunter who tries to live in New York city, and has elements of racism, materialism and pop culture.

The script which has passed around within the Hollywood studios since the 1970’s has gained a lot of traction at times and even greenlit but because of certain death surrounding the involvement of the script many have labelled it as haunted or cursed. The people who have died supposedly as a result of being involved in Atuk are:

John Belushi: Jim Belushi’s big brother and the first known victim. After reading the script and wanting to play the lead role, he died of an overdose in 1982. He was only 33.

Sam Kinison: He survived the longestbecause he managed to film at least one scene for the movie, but then quickly grew dissatisfied and wanted the script rewritten, halting production. Before there were any talks about continuing the project, poor Kinison died in a car crash, aged 38, in 1992. Approximately a decade after Belushi’s death.

John Candy: In 1994, when he was reading the script, Candy suddenly died of a heart attack, aged 43. Which was weird because it was on March 4, a day before the 12th anniversary of Belushi’s death. Around that time, people began to realize that the screenplay is cursed.

Michael O’Donoghue: He was a writer, comedian, and a friend of Belushi and Kinison. He read the script, maybe even worked on it, before recommending it to his buddies. He died of cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 54 in 1994 also.

Chris Farley: A huge fan of John Belushi and the most recent victim who was in consideration for the main role. In 1997, when he was about to accept the role, he died the same way his idol did: an overdose at the age of 33.

Phil Hartman: Farley’s friend and former Saturday Night Live cast-mate. Although he was involved for a supporting role, his wife committed murder-suicide by shooting him in bed before shooting herself.

Cursed? Freak coincidence? You decide