Monday, September 3, 2012

Þingvellir -- Golden Circle, Iceland

The third of the three main Golden Circle sites that we visited, Þingvellir is maybe the most significant site in Icelandic history. The first Icelandic Parliament was formed here in 930 AD, and it has been a symbolic site for Icelandic political gatherings ever since. It's also set at the junction of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

We saw two major geologic consequences of those plates' meeting (and parting)--a water-filled fissure and a jagged cliff.

In front of the cliff sits what our guide called the Law Rock, where the Parliament was formed.

The view from the Law Rock is absolutely stunning and spreads from plains to the left down to the lake of Þingvallavatn.

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