The landscape of Iceland epitomises wild, much of the country has been shaped by volcanoes and glaciers and is largely untamed. It has spectacular scenery which is almost lunar in it’s ruggedness, with laval rock formations, huge chasms, powerful glaciers and large inland lakes.
Þingvellir is truly a meeting point for the Clash of the Titans, two of the tetonic plates that the continents of the Earth rest upon, the Eurasian and North American plates meet here forming the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. These meeting points usually lie deep beneath the oceans but it is visible here. Just think about this for a moment, it is possible to actually walk between two great tectonic plates which have shaped and are still shaping our planet’s surface!
It is also the site of the Alþingi (Althing), an ancient meeting place for chieftains which also constitutes the oldest known parliament and still exists although it is now located in Reykjavik. The focus of the site was the Lögberg, or Law Rock which is where the lawmaker addressed the council. It is now a National Park and UNESCO recognised World Heritage Site.
Along with the mighty cascade of Gullfoss and the geothermal geysers of Geysir it is part of ‘The Golden Circle’ which is probably Iceland’s most popular excursion. There is plenty more to see, from Reykjavik’s local mountain Mount Esjato stunning glaciers and awe inspiring volcanoes which require a drive or bus ride but are worthy of the effort taken.
Iceland is one of the planet’s few remaining truly wild landscapes, much of the island remains a wilderness. It ignites the imagination of those still seeking to explore and discover a destination that promises an oppprtunity for adventures.
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