Land of Light – Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park

Þingvellir was about a 40-minute easy drive from Reykjavik, we had planned for three attractions this day and Thingvellir was the first stop before Geysir and then finally Gullfoss. All three attractions carry no Entry free, but at Thingvellir parking comes with a fee. We arrived an hour before sunup, it’s very recommended, while it allows catching the first delicate ambient light, which is still to faint for the eye, but an easy job for the camera’s sensor.

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Thingvellir National Park is a well-known UNESCO world heritage site and the most important cultural site in Iceland. It was here that the original Icelandic peoples would meet for an annual assembly, and it was here that the Icelandic parliament is said to have been founded.

I fail to see why the waterfall Öxarárfoss there is so praised by many photographers, it’s man-made and faint in comparison with so many others fall, scattered all over Iceland. however, the natural surroundings of the site are out of this world. What’s so stunning about the landscape is that you get the see where the tectonic plates meet, you can literally walk between two continents, it’s a very vivid and awesome experience.

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