Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park in Iceland
When I visited Iceland in September 2009 (read how my trip to Iceland changed my life here) I did one of the popular day trips to all the tourist sites within a short bus ride away from downtown Reykjavik. I was reminded of the Golden Circle tour when I read this post on Iceland recently: Reykjavik, Iceland: The Perfect Escape.
The Golden Circle day trip that almost every tourist to Reykjavik takes brings you to some of the best natural wonders outside the city. I remember visiting the Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir) which is where I got this shot of a vibrantly green leaf. What fascinated me so much about this national park was that it sits between two tectonic plates—those for North America and Eurasia. You’re literally standing between two continents.
The area of Þingvellir is basically a giant fissure between the tectonic plates and you can see the boundaries of the earth’s crust! I’m not much of a geology nut but I think this is pretty cool.
I can’t recommend visiting Iceland enough, and if you do, the Þingvellir National Park is truly beautiful.
This lake in the national park sits quite literally in the hole between the two tectonic plates. Cool!
This is probably the second most photographed church in Iceland. The first being the one in downtown Reykjavik.