Lake Toba is one of the largest lake in the world, and the largest and most popular in Indonesia. The lake was like a vast ocean approximately 100 km x 30 km. In the middle of the lake, there is a large island, Samosir Island is located at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level.
Based on research from Michigan Technological University researchers, the United States, at the location of Lake Toba, in the past 75 500 years ago, never happened a terrifying explosion which destroyed human beings, animals and plants. The eruption that spewed rocks and volcanic ash as far as 2.000km3. Directions vomit eruption caused darkness for up to two weeks duration. The impact of the eruption is the formation of a large volcanic crater, the crater was eventually filled with water that eventually formed a large lake, the Lake Toba. Regarding the existence of Samosir Island, was formed due to magma pressure continuously is not yet out of the bowels of the earth.
The beauty of Lake Toba was amazing. The lake is surrounded by hills, so the atmosphere around the lake is comfortable, the air fresh and cool. The visitors can enjoy its beauty with a swim or rent a motor boat, circling around the lake. In the afternoon, visitors can enjoy a more quiet atmosphere with views yag sunset light is so beautiful.
This large lake has magical and cosmological value, because it is believed as a place of indwelling Namborru (seven ancestral goddess Batak Tribe). When people want to hold events Tribe Batak customary around the lake, they must first ask permission to Namborru. As in the celebration of the People's Party of Lake Toba is held annually, some ritual performed first as a form of respect for ancestors.
In the middle of Lake Toba, on Samosir Island is there a popular natural tourist attraction, the lake above the lake (Lake and Lake Aek Sidihoni Natonang); tourist attraction in the history of the tomb complex in the Village of King Sidabutar Tomok; and tours of the complex architecture of traditional Batak house Toba Samosir. In Parapat, visitors who want to visit the island of Samosir to ride freight ferries depart every hour to Tomok Village, Samosir.
Location of Lake Toba is in some districts, including District. Simalungun, Kab. Samosir, Kab. North Tapanuli, Kab. Humbang Hasundutan, Kab. Karo, and Kab. Dairi, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
D. Towards Access Locations
To reach the tourist sites, visitors can go through the route of Medan-Parapat or through any route-Berastagi Medan, a distance of approximately 176 km with a travel time of approximately four hours with two-wheeled vehicles / four.