The beauty of Samosir Island bewitches tourists

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Tourists come to capture photos of the stunning natural scenery of Samosir Island. (photo: IO/Paramitha Hendra)

IO, Jakarta – The natural panorama of Samosir Island, North Sumatra is inevitable. You can be hypnotized by a beautiful volcanic island surrounded by Lake Toba which is the largest lake in Southeast Asia. The cool and fresh air while on the island is the reason for local and foreign tourists to visit.

The tour offered by Samosir Island is a lake on Samosir Island located in the middle; Sidihoni, Aek Natonang, and Aek Parohan. These three lakes are located at an altitude of 1,300 masl.
Local people call it a lake above the lake, because it’s located in the middle of Lake Toba. Make sure to visit the waterfall on Samosir Island, namely Efrata Waterfall, Limbong, Sitapigagan, Sigarantung, Naisogop.

It is not only a stunning landscape, this 630 km2 island also presents interesting culture and customs, you will also be presented with historical tours that still feel the nuances of culture. Some of them are watching the Sigale-gale (in Tomok) performances, going around the Huta Bolon Museum, visiting the Tomb of King Sidabutar, and the uniqueness of Batu Parsidangan.

If you look around, it will appear as if every inch of the edge of the island of Sumatra Samosir is lined by the crystal clear waters of Lake Toba. So fabulous! Still not enough? You can wander for a while in Marlakkop Cave, relax in the hot spring, and much more.

Host of GFNY Indonesia Samosir 2018

The island recently hosted the Gran Fondo New York (GFNY) performance. Participants from domestic and foreign countries are preparing at the starting line in the Gran Fondo New York (GFNY) Indonesia Samosir 2018 held in Samosir Regency, North Sumatra. There are at least around 800 participants enlivening this international event.

Samosir Regent Head Rapidin Simbolon immediately initiated it to start at 6:30 a.m., accompanied by Banyuwangi Regent Head Abdullah Azwar Annas who was accompanied by his wife. Also alongside the Director of the Lake Toba Authority Agency (BPODT) Arie Prasetyo, and the owner of the Indonesian GFNY Chair Axel Moeller.

The participants immediately pedaled their pedals when the starting flag was lifted accompanied by typical North Sumatra music. They fought each other fast along Samosir’s smooth road.

In this event there are two classes that compete, namely Medio Fondo and Granfondo. Both classes are different in terms of distance. Medio Fondo takes a distance of 103 km, while Granfondo is 142 km.

In addition to physical endurance, participants must also concentrate on completing the track. As they will be presented with a typical natural panorama of Samosir Island. The area that became one of the 10 Priority Destinations does have an exotic nature that is very charming. The hill cluster combined with Lake Toba became the main background in the GFNY Indonesia Samosir 2018 this time. (Paramitha Hendra)


Access to Samosir Island
Samosir Island is located in North Sumatra, right in the middle of Lake Toba. If you go to Medan using an airplane, then the trip from Silangit Airport to Samosir Island will take about 2 hours by road to Prapat to continue using the ship. Arriving at the location, your fatigue will perfectly pay off by the natural scenery that Samosir has.