Iceland is a country steeped in legends and folklore. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Dirk Heldmaier
A government 'truth commission' has declared that a lake monster in Iceland is a real creature.
The decision was based on a viral video from 2012 which many believe shows evidence of a long serpent-like creature said to inhabit Iceland's Lake Lagarfljˇt.
A long-running legend in a country that is steeped in folklore, the beast known as Lagarfljˇtsormurinn was said to have entered the lake when a girl, who had been instructed to catch a snake and use it to guard a gold ring in her linen chest, instead threw the chest in to the lake when the snake had grown too large.
Despite widespread skepticism about the video, a majority of the panel of 13 reached the baffling conclusion that the footage is authentic and that Lagarfljˇtsormurinn is in fact a real creature.
The original video can be viewed as part of the news report below.