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Mjøsa is Norway's largest lake, as well as the
second deepest lake in Norway and in Europe as a whole, after Hornindalsvatnet. It is located in the southern part of Norway, about 100 km north of Oslo. Its main tributary is Gudbrandsdalslågen in the north; the main distributary is Vorma in the south. From its southernmost point at Minnesund in Eidsvoll to its northernmost point in Lillehammer it is 117 km long. At its widest, near Hamar, it is 15 km wide. It is 365 km² in area and its volume is estimated at 56 km³; normally its surface is 123 meters above sea level, and its greatest depth is 468 meters. Its total coastline is estimated at 273 km. The cities of Hamar, Gjøvik, and Lillehammer were founded along the shores of the lake. Aside from minor leisure boating and the steamship Skibladner, there is no water traffic on the lake. Most of its shores are dominated by rolling agricultural areas, among them some of the most fertile grainlands in Norway. The largest, and only, island is Helgøya. Except for Helgøya, Mjøsa only contains small islets.

I took this picture of Lake Mjosa from a Helgoya island.

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