Þingvellir, literally meaning Parliament Plains, is a large area of plain full of interesting rocky structures. The tectonic plates boundary also goes through here and therefore you can see lots of big canyon like rifts. According to Icelandic history, this place has been used for general assembly for more than 800 years and there is a very informative visitor’s centre there if you want to know more the history and geography of the site.
To be frank, comparing to the other two spots in the Golden Circle, I think Þingvellir is less interesting than Geysir and less spectacular than Gullfoss. Having said that it was still a very present walk around and as we walked through the stone walls and looked far away to the icy mountains, it was like having a field trip to a different planet.
When I tried to select a picture for this post, I actually struggled a bit because most of them capture only part of the site and aren’t very interesting. At the end, I picked this one because it gave a first-person perspective and I hope the readers will feel like being there. I also used the Dark Contrast filter from Nik’s Collection Photoshop plug-in to exaggerate the details so as to create a historical feel. While it made the picture less realistic, I actually quite like the moody feel of the picture.