On the southern Koman end of the lake, the ferry is boarded at the terminal near the top of the towering Koman dam - reached through a slightly scary tunnel. The two to three hour trip passes tiny hamlets, deep gorges and jagged 1,500-metre-high mountains rising up from the lake - with some of Albania's higher peaks occasionally visible to the north. There are few signs of human life on the shores, though passenger ferries occasionally stop to set off hardy locals who proceed to climb up the steep hills to their hidden homesteads. Ferries terminate on the northern banks of the lake near tiny Fierza, 16km south of Bajram Curri (for access to the alpine Valbona valley) and 30km from the Kosovo border crossing.
One third up the lake from Koman, the beautiful Shala river canyon branches off to the north, a wonderful day trip or overnight destination catered to by an efficient fleet of fast boats. The wild landscape of Lake Koman, reminiscent of the Norwegian fjords, is easier to explore than you may think, and is a dramatic highlight of any trip to Albania.
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