Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site. You can see the split between North America and Eurasia. It’s Pangea in action!


Thingvellir National Park

Thanks to global warming, Reykjavik didn’t get much snow this year. Luckily, the universe must have been on my side because Mother Nature dropped a ton of snow right before I arrived to Iceland. If it wasn’t for this storm, my trip to Thingvellir National Park would not have been such a winter wonderland.

Thingvellir National Park sits in a valley that is literally splitting between the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates. As a result, the Almannagjá canyon has formed between the two plates and represents the continental drift. Remember, Pangea? Yea, it’s happening. Visitors can take a short walk between the plates and say they’ve been in two places at once.

As captivated as I was with Iceland’s natural wonders, I struggled with this perpetual dilemma the entire trip: do I pee or take pictures? Clearly, this glacial water stream didn’t help but I couldn’t resist. I planned on waiting until my next stop at the dairy farm to use the restroom, but then I got distracted by all the cows and the ice cream.

And then I got distracted by Icelandic horses. Icelandic horses! Short, stubby, furry Iceland horses! Just wait till you see them!

Monica reflects on her travels by sharing her thoughts on A Cup of Moca. She writes about her journey as she experiences the destination to encourage others to marinate in the moment instead of just checking things off a bucket list.