Humans have always lived near the water, for obvious reasons: health, food, transport. It also inspires our imaginations with its natural beauty. Lakes are part of this magical group, and to prove its magical powers over our mood and mind, here are the 16 most beautiful hidden lakes around to get your brain sizzling.
1. Lake Ayie
Located within Situ Gunung National Park, Lake Ayie is a part of a nature conservation area in Indonesia. The Situ Gunung National Park also has many waterfalls, just in case you get bored.
Hornindalsvatnet is Norway’s deepest lake, measuring at 514 meters deep. The closest village too the lake is Grodas and Mogrenda, which are both accessible by car. Stunning!
3. Lake Peyto
Lake Peyto is a glacier-fed lake located in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The lake is formed in a valley of the Waputik Range, which sits at an elevation of 1,860 metres.
4. Lake Ashi
Lake Ashi is a scenic crater lake in the Hakone area of Japan. The lake is most well-known for its incredible views of Mt. Fuji.
5. Lake Ohrid
Lake Ohrid is one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes, declared by UNESCO as an ecosystem that is of worldwide importance, because it holds more than 200 different endemic species.
6. Takhlakh Lake
Mount Adams can be seen in the background of this beautiful lake in Washington. The lake and surrounding area is managed by the Grifford Pinchot National Forest, allowing tourists to visit the Lake at any time during the year. Marvelous!
7. Gunung Tujuh Lake
Lake Gunung Tujuh is a volcanic crater lake in Indonesia within Kerinci National Park, with Mount Tujuh surrounding the lake which is popular amongst hikers and is occasionally fished in by locals.
8. Sampaloc Lake
Lake Sampaloc is an inactive volcanic maar in the Philippines and is the largest of the Seven Lakes of San Pablo. The lake is used locally for farming fish, and the silty lake bed is used for agriculture.
9. Tranquil Lake
Tranquil Lake is fed by melted water from the local ice sheet, which lies between nearby lakes and hills. Tranquil Lake contains numerous flora and fauna species, which add to the incredible view of the mountains around the area.
10. Melissani Lake
Melissani Lake is located in a cave of the same name, within the Ionian Sea near Poros, Greece. The lake is home to numerous flora species, which cover the floor of the cave.
11. St Mary’s Lake
St Mary’s Lake is the second largest lake in Glacier National Park in Montana. At an altitude of 1,400 meters the water of St Mary’s is extremely cold, and in the winter the lake becomes completely frozen.
12. Lake Minnewanka
Lake Minnewanka is a glacial lake located in Banff National Park, Canada. The Lake is the longest amongst the mountain parks of the Canadian Rockies.
13. Reed Flute Lake
The Reed Flute Lake is located a cave of the same name in China. The cave is a natural limestone cave, which features multi-coloured lighting installed by the Chinese government.
14. Hallstatt Lake
Hallstatt Lake is located in Austria, surrounded by Salzkammergut, a resort area which stretches from Salzburg to the Alpine Foreland. The area is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
15. Lake Louise
Lake Louise of Alberta, Canada is a glacial lake named after Princess Louisa Caroline Alberta, one of the daughters of Queen Victoria. The stunning emerald colour of the water comes from rock flour carried into the water by melt-water from the nearby glaciers. Beautiful, isn’t it?
16. Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes form a National Park of the same name in Croatia. Founded in 1949, the protected area covers almost 300,000 square kilometres and is visited by more 1.2 million visitors each year.