(Persia Digest) - Hoz-e Soltan Salt Lake, known as Iran's largest mirror, is one of the best destinations for nature tourism and desert hiking in the cold season.

Hoz-e Soltan Salt Lake is located 40 km north of Qom and 85 km south of Tehran on the edge of Khalij-e Fars Highway. The lake, also known as the Saveh Qom Lake and Shahi Lake, is approximately 240 square kilometers in size; it is located in the northeast of Qom.

The size and shape of the lake varies based on annual water input and the amount of rainfall in different seasons. The lake is composed of two separate pits. The western pit, called Hoz-e Sultan and the eastern pit, called Hoz-e Moreh, are connected by a waterway. The lake is also known as Salt Lake due to high levels of salt content. A large amount of salt is extracted annually from Hoz-e Soltan Lake. This is like a huge mirror in the middle of Iran. Hoz-e Sultan Lake is 820 m above sea level, which is almost the same throughout the lake. The following photos show the condition of the lake during the first and second half of the year.

Photos: Maryam Aliei / Jam-e Jam, Mostafa Me’raji / ILNA

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