Our final stop on our Golden Circle Tour was Thingvellir, a national park that sits along the continental divide of the North American and Eurasian plates. Its unique rock formations made it perfect for orators. Before the days of amphitheaters with big sound systems, the Icelandic government held court & council right here. There Senate met once a year (in the summer of course) and people from all around the whole country would gather. It turned into almost a festival experience as families & friends gathered, tents sprouted all over the fields, and feasts were hosted. All laws were enacted & enforced during this time. If you had to stand trial, you waited until your opportunity here. To be able to speak to the vast groups, speakers utilized the unique acoustics of the rock formations. Orators would speak into the rock while the audience sat out listening to the echo.
Yes, I was a tad bit bundled up! It was so much fun to play in the snow though!
There is a pathway that leads you right in between the split rock. It was a neat experience to get to walk between the two continents. Our guide (in green) kept us all together & let us up to the top where we were rewarded with incredible views.
Everywhere we went, I loved the Icelandic architecture. They take so much care to ensure that everything blends seamlessly into the surroundings. Even the public restrooms (below, labeled WC), blended right in and offered gorgeous glass windows overlooking the landscape. I’m not willing to say how our public restrooms in the US measure up to these!
The view from the top of the climb offered stunning views of the Icelandic fjords, land carved away by glaciers.
Iceland is such a stunning country. I have been saving my two favorite posts for last. I still have Dogsledding AND the Blue Lagoon to share with you guys. Such incredible experiences! Stay tuned!