48hrs in Iceland Part 1....
🌕 Golden Circle - Map on second picture
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📍Pictures 1 + 3-6- Thingveller national park
Thingveller, meaning assembly of fields, has an interesting history. It’s significance comes from not only is geological wonders and beauty but being the spot of one of the worlds first democratic parliaments starting in 930A.D (Alpingi)
Other interesting tidbits include
1. Oxararfoss waterfall Pic #4
- Is thought to be man made when the river was redirected to flow over the cliffs for easier access to drinking water.
2. The park lies in a valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates which played a roll in creating the structure of the park as we see it today. Lots of earthquake activity in Iceland bc of which.
3. Pic #7
Lake Thingveller is the biggest natural lake in Iceland.
4. The park also has an early dark history to it with many executions happening on site. Not counting the ones filmed in Game of Thrones. 📍Video #8
- Strokkur is a geyser that has been erupting since 1789 when an earthquake helped unblock the conduit. It’s been know to reach hight of 60meters. 📍Picture 9 Gullfoss. Formed during the ice age. Gullfoss is made up of 2 water falls. The upper water fall is 11meters and the lower is 20m creating a beautiful 31meter waterfall. It’s name was likely given by its golden hue the water gives off but another popular theory/myth originates where a farmer who live near the property name Gugur could not bear the though of someone possessing his gold after his death so he threw his gold into the waterfall.
- is one of many crater lakes in Iceland. And at only 3,000 years old is the newest of the crater lakes. It’s also believe to be formed when the once coned volcano collapsed on itself. Bonus fact Iceland has volcanic activity every 2-3years. We’re currently in year 3 of awaiting the next time:
Stay tuned for part 2