Thingvellir

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Thingvellir_Hrafnagja_loresA hike between two continents with Icelandic history in every footstep

One of the most beautiful places in Iceland, where the delicate flora of Iceland meets the enormity of geological powers. An exhilarating day trip takes us through the moss- and birch-covered lava fields of Icelands most unique place Thingvellir (Parliament Plains), shot through with magnificent fissures and canyons. Thingvellir  is also central to the nation’s history. Its a place to inspire every artistic soul.

A hike between two continents with Icelandic history in every footstep

Who is singing? A natural concert; golden plover and other flying singers perform

Traditional Icelandic picnic-goodies

Thingvellir national park is a sunken plateau between huge rifts where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. It’s where the general assembly (old parliament) was established in the year 930 and continued to convene there for over 800 years. It’s also the ground where lawbreakers met their fate in death or banishment. It’s the place where the delicate flora of Iceland meets the enormity of geological powers. It´s a place to lie down and listen to the birds. It´s a place where artists get inspired. Thingvellir is unique in Icelandic nature and history.

We cross the birch and moss covered lava fields shot through with magnificent fissures and canyons in No continents land between the plates of America and Europe. Remnants of old farmhouses will be on our way as well as the old site of the pagan parliament, the Althing. Other significant historical sites will also be examined, such as Brennugjá (Burning Canyon) where black magicians or male witches are said to have been burned.

In Thingvellir we walk between Europe and America

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Drift the rift – Geological adventure

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..did the earth move?
Hot springs, mud pools and fumaroles – Row of craters – The Atlantic ocean – Driftwood – Seabirds- The Blue Lagoon

 

Leisurely hike from the menacing ocean waves of the Atlantic over the charred and untamed landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula to the Blue Lagoon. The contrasts of the ragged, ice-cold crest of the menacing ocean waves of the Atlantic, and boiling hot springs, fumaroles and mud pools.

The mid Atlantic rift rises from the ocean and surfaces on the Reykjanes peninsula and regularly makes its presence known with quakes and shakes. The landscape is charred and heavily cracked from eruptions, hot springs, fumaroles and even geysers.

Gunnuhver hot spring is one of the largest mud pools in Iceland; it is also the resting place of a hostile ghost named Gunna, which might explain the disturbing smell!

At the end of the day a relaxing bath in the picturesque Blue Lagoon (optional). Homewards we will enjoy the darkness, sometimes lit by the stars and for the lucky ones, Northern lights dancing across the heavens.

Departures on request

 

Reykjanes hotspring area

Reykjanes Iceland