A campaign has begun to find a name for a new lake formed by a recent landslide in West Iceland, RÚV reports. The landslide, which occurred on July 7 on Fagraskógarfjall mountain in Hítardalur, is thought to be the largest in Icelandic history. The event flooded Hitará river, causing a lake to be formed one side of it – and the lake is here to stay.
The Icelandic Place Name Committee (Örnefnanefnd) and Borgarbyggð municipal council are working together to find a name for the new lake – as well as the landslide that caused it. Gunnlaugur Júlíusson, director of Borgarbyggð council, says the process began by inviting landowners in the area to submit suggestions. The suggested names are then sent to the Place Name Committee, which returns them to council with their comments. It’s he council which has the final say in naming the two new features of the local landscape.