iceland : the golden circle : Þingvellir

On the 4th day of our trip, we headed out early with Sveinn (the fellow we rented our apartment from) for a tour of the Golden Circle.  Our first stop was Þingvellir which is the home of Iceland’s first parliament, the mid-atlantic ridge, Þingvallavatn (the largest lake in Iceland) and the site of Iceland’s first church after it decided to adopt Christianity.  We arrived just as the sun was starting to rise and the clouds were starting to clear.  I had to take the first photo with my camera wide open and sitting on a hand rail to avoid a pitch black photo!  The houses in the photo next to the church are used by the government when important heads of states are in Iceland as a countryside retreat. 

The cracks and fissures caused by the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian plates were surreal to see.  Sadly we didn’t have any  coins to throw into the Peningagjá fissure but we briefly considered scooping some Kroner out to buy more Skyr.

As always, more photos on my flickr.  Next stop… geysers.

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