A floating island is defined as ‘an island that is not connected to the land and floats free on the water surface’. There are 22 known floating islands in our country. Of these, the floating islets in the Hazarşah village of Solhan district of Bingöl have become the symbol of the city. The mini lake, which looks pretty cute, and three islets on it were discovered by the locals.
The floating islets, which are 4.5 kilometers away from Bingöl-Solhan highway, are a completely natural formation. The three sides of the lake are surrounded by mountains and hills and the lake is located on the flat land. It is, in fact, a crater lake. The current surface area of the lake is over 300 square meters. The depth of the lake is estimated to be more than 50 meters. The water level remains the same in both the summer and winter months. The water is fresh and clear and does not contain any mineral salt.
There are three islets that float in the middle of the lake. The islets are independent within the lake. When you get onto one of them, it rocks slowly towards each direction as a raft does. There are few common ash shrubs on the islets. The surrounding plants feed on the lake water. As the weeds on the island have clutching roots, the soil is mostly composed of plant roots. In addition, when the structure of the islets in the middle of the lake is examined, the presence of various plants that grow in meadows, water, and orchards are seen.
If you are on your way to Bingöl, we advise not to return without seeing this rare event of nature.