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Elvåga is an Old Norse name associated with the Viking religion. The lake is fed by the Elvåga River, which is mentioned in ancient Viking Edda texts as “an icy border river dividing the world of the giants from the world of humans.” In another ancient text, the Heimskringla, folks are warned, “Do not venture to the Elvåga, for there live the creepy creatures sung of by the bard.” Interestingly, the Elvåga River is the only river in Norway that flows northward. Drinking from it is said to cure any ailment. Hmm, seems like kind of a push / pull situation, doesn’t it?

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