Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only one in Iceland, was my first stop on The Golden Circle Tour. The park is located on both North America and Eurasia. Just like how Istanbul sits on the European and Asian continents.
Thingvellir National Park is actively splitting itself apart between the North American and European tectonic plates. As a result, the Almannagjá canyon has formed between the two plates as our continents have slowly drifted apart after hundreds and hundreds of years. It’s like 4th grade science finally coming to life itself. Remember Pangaea? Yea, it’s happening. It’s cause this river to form in the valley. There’s a bridge that connects the splitting continents. If you walk across it, you can almost say you’ve been to two places at once!
What do you do if you get lost in a forest in Iceland?
In the colder months, and that’s relative for Iceland, Thingvellir National Park turns into the perfect winter wonderland. Everything, including the mountains, valleys, trees and water streams, are all covered in pristine white snow and sparkling crystal ice. In photos, it just looks like a white blanket but physically being there is entirely different experience. I felt lighter just standing in the soft, fresh snow. I also had a perpetual dilemma this whole trip since I was traveling solo. This was a constant internal debate: pee or pic? Damn glacial stream wasn’t any help.
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