Largest Lakes of Scandinavia (by surface area)
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Which is the largest lake in the Scandinavia by surface area?
The largest lake by surface area in the Scandinavia is Vänern with an area of 5,545 km2. At second and third, are Saimaa which spans 4,400 km2 and Lake Päijänne at 1,083 km2.The surface areas of the major lakes in the Scandinavia range from 45 km2 to 5,545 km2, with the average area at around 1,648.2 km2.

 Compare Vänern with Saimaa


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Deepest Lakes. The deepest lake in the Scandinavia is Hornindalsvatnet Lake with a maximum depth of 514 meters.The depths of the major lakes in the Scandinavia range from 82 meters to 514 meters, with lakes reaching as deep as 310.0 meters on average.

Lakes with the largest volumes. The largest lake in the Scandinavia by volume is Vänern with a volume of 153 km3.The water volumes of the major lakes in the Scandinavia range from 6.87 km3 to 153 km3, with lakes holding up to 41.7 km3 of water on average.


Here are the Scandinavia's largest lakes by surface area.

Vänern.

Sweden: Lake Vaner (Vänersee, Vänern) in autumn (fall) (Credit: Youtube/Image Hoppers)

Vänern is the 3rd largest lake by surface area in Europe at 5,545 km2.

Reaching as deep as 106 meters, Vänern holds up to 153 km3 of water and covers a surface area of 5,545 km2.

It spans 140 km on its length. Countries along its shoreline in Europe: Sweden.

The water level of the lake is regulated by the Vargön Hydroelectric Power Station.

 

 Compare Vänern with Loch Awe from Scotland.

 Compare Vänern with Ladoga from Russia.


Saimaa.

Saimaa is the 2nd largest lake by surface area in the Scandinavia at 4,400 km2.

Containing up to 36 km3 of water, Saimaa has a maximum depth of 82 meters and spans a surface area of 4,400 km2.

Countries along its shoreline in Europe: Finland.

 

 Compare Saimaa with Loch Ness from Scotland.

 Compare Saimaa with Loch Morar from Scotland.


Lake Päijänne.

Lake Päijänne, Finland 2016 by Youtube/ Solifilms

Lake Päijänne is the 3rd largest lake by surface area in the Scandinavia at 1,083 km2.

Reaching as deep as 95.3 meters, Lake Päijänne holds up to 18.10 km3 of water and covers a surface area of 1,083 km2.

It spans 120 km on its length. Countries along its shoreline in Europe: Finland.

 

 Compare Lake Päijänne with Lake Lungern from Switzerland.

 Compare Lake Päijänne with Loch Tay from Scotland.


Mjøsa.

Lake Mjøsa (source: youtube/Norway: Blessed With Nature)

Mjøsa is the 2nd largest lake by water volume in the Scandinavia at 56 km3.

Reaching as deep as 449 meters, Mjøsa holds up to 56 km3 of water and covers a surface area of 362 km2.

It spans 117 km on its length. Countries along its shoreline in Europe: Norway.

Lake Mjøsa's surface area is 2, 7 times wider and its volume 4.5 times larger than Hornindalsvatnet Lake, Norway's and Europe's deepest lake. The lake also contains the island of Helgøya. 

 

 Compare Mjøsa with Bala Lake from Wales.

 Compare Mjøsa with Upper Lough Erne from Northern Ireland.


Lake Tinn (tinnsjå).

High view of Lake Tinn (Credit: Arne Martin Güettler/Wikimedia under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
High view of Lake Tinn (Credit: Arne Martin Güettler/Wikimedia under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Lake Tinn (tinnsjå) is the 3rd deepest lake in Europe at 460 meters.

Lake Tinn (tinnsjå) is a lake that holds up to 9.71 km3 of water, reaching a maximum depth of 460 meters. The lake also covers 51 km2 in surface area.

Countries along its shoreline in Europe: Norway.

Its water is found to contain traces of heavy water (deuterium oxide), due to sinking of the ferry SF Hydro during World War 2 (in 1994). SF Hydro was said to contain large quantities of heavy water produced at Vemork, a factory located in Rjukan, and was en route to Germany for purpose of nuclear weapon research.

 

 Compare Lake Tinn (tinnsjå) with Lake Orta from Italy.

 Compare Lake Tinn (tinnsjå) with Peipus from Estonia, Russia.


Hornindalsvatnet Lake.

Hornindalsvatnet Lake is the deepest lake in Europe at 514 meters.

Reaching as deep as 514 meters, Hornindalsvatnet Lake holds up to 12.10 km3 of water and covers a surface area of 51 km2.

It spans 22 km on its length. Countries along its shoreline in Europe: Norway.

Hornindalsvatnet Lake is also Norway's deepest lake and the only European lake to exceed 500 meters in depth.

 

 Compare Hornindalsvatnet Lake with Vänern from Sweden.

 Compare Hornindalsvatnet Lake with Lake Päijänne from Finland.


Salvatnet.

Beautiful view of Lake Salvatnet in the icy winter

Salvatnet is the 2nd deepest lake in Europe at 464 meters.

Salvatnet is a lake that holds up to 6.87 km3 of water, reaching a maximum depth of 464 meters. The lake also covers 45 km2 in surface area.

It spans 22 km on its length. Countries along its shoreline in Europe: Norway.

Lake Salvatnet is a meromictic lake with its waters permanently stratified and preserving records of the geologic past. The lower layer of the lake is highly saline and as a result denser than the higher levels of water. It is also Norway's second-deepest lake after Hornindalsvatnet Lake.

 

 Compare Salvatnet with Loch Lomond from Scotland.

 Compare Salvatnet with Saimaa from Finland.


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