Friday, December 6, 2013

Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park


By the end of our Golden Circle tour, it was snowing HARD. We arrived at our last stop, the Þingvellir National Park, got bundled up, and followed our guide as we entered into one of Iceland's most historic sites. The park is where Iceland's first parliament was founded in 930 AD and became the center of Icelandic culture when people would come together to meet and trade during the Assemblies. Þingvellir is also where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. It was pretty cool to start on the European side and end up in "North America". 



We first crossed the lake that runs through the natural park, and our guide told us it was used as a place to publicly drown criminals. Yikes.





We continued our trek through the park, noticing a few signs of civilization along the way..




Finally we came to the top. We'd officially crossed the bridge between the continents and were now on the North American side. It was cold, we were tired, but it was breathtaking.



Very bundled!


The cool thing is, the continents are still drifting. Every year the two plates separate just a little more, triggering earthquakes  and making the rocks around the cavern perilous. As we walked through, you could look through the cracks see just open space. Who knows how deep those caverns are?




That ended our Golden Circle tour, though I was very excited when we saw these guys on our way home!


Icelandic horses!! So cute! They're direct descendants of the horses the Vikings brought with them when they settled Iceland. If an Icelandic horse leaves Iceland, it can never return. 


That was it for the Golden Circle! We loved it and were dying to see more of Iceland's beautiful nature. If only we'd had more time there! We are definitely thinking of taking another trip there, maybe when the weather is warmer.

So what do you think? Want to visit the Golden Circle?




12 comments :

  1. Your trip sounds amazing! I had no idea that Iceland was one two separate countries plates, what a neat experience!

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    1. It is such a cool place! I would love to go back :)

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  2. Iceland is so beautiful! I really need to get back there and experience more of that beautiful country. Thanks for your beautiful pictures :)

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    1. Where did you go when you were there? We'd love to do a return trip.

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  3. Your pictures are beautiful! Thanks for joining the blog hop :)
    xx Tia
    acaffeinatedbrunette.com

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  4. Ahh Iceland... we went this time last year and fell in love with the country! So beautiful!

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    1. I would love to see it in the summertime, but the winter made it kinda magical, don't you think?

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  5. WOW! Talk about Winter Wonderland! That's so fascinating about the deep caverns. This world never ceases to amaze me with all it's magnificent beauty. (And I'd say... DEFINITELY worth having to bundle up for!)

    So happy that you joined in on Fresh Face Friday! Have loved checking out your online space! x

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    1. Iceland could make the most jaded traveler appreciative. I was so happy we got the chance to see it. Thank you for stopping by! :)

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  6. Sounds amazing, I'd love to go there - though it looks a bit scary!

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