Abraham Lake: The lake that gets so cold, the bubbles freeze

I really didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. Not for the usual reason (because staying in bed would mean not going to work). I didn’t want to get out of bed because it was so cold. But as cold as it gets in Westcliff-on-Sea (that’s where I live, by the way), I still don’t think it’d be cold enough for bubbles in a lake to freeze!

Abraham Lake

Credit: Vicki Mar

Abraham Lake is actually an artificial lake (by which I presume that means it’s really friendly to your face but a total bitch behind your back) on the North Saskatchewan River in Alberta, Canada. It came about as a result of the Bighorn Dam (no comment), which was built in 1972. It was named after Silas Abraham, who lived nearby in the 19th century.

Abraham Lake

Credit: Vicki Mar

This is all very interesting, but what about the bubbles? This incredible phenomenon is caused by plants on the lake’s bed, which release methane gas. As the gas rises to the top of the lake, they freeze solid in the winter as they get close to the very cold surface. And as the weather gets colder, more bubbles are formed and stack beneath the others.

Abraham Lake

Credit: Vicki Mar

Needless to say, the sight has made the lake a very popular place for photographers. (If you’re going soon, don’t forget to take some snaps for our campaign for real travel photos.)

Abraham Lake

Credit: Vicki Mar

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About Dom Stapleton

Dom Stapleton

As well as being the world’s northernmost capital city, Reykjavik in Iceland is also an incredible place to visit.

We stayed in a hotel right in the middle of the city and spent most days walking around from there. The main thing we noticed (apart from the cold, of course) was that the people are so friendly. At home, trying to cross the road is a nightmare, but in Reykjavik, the cars are literally queuing up to let you across.

When my partner and I went, in January 2013, the sun only started rising at about 10 am, which was a strange experience. And it got dark at about 4 pm each day!

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