Iceland, Day 3: To Thingvellir

Today we drive to Thingvellier national park. Of course, we had to make a few spontaneous stops along the way. First was this waterfall.

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Svodofoss. In the backgrouund, you can barely make out the the Snaefellsjokull Glacier.

 

We also saw Kirkjufell Mountain, which is (I think) one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, according to our map.

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And across the way was Kirkjufell Waterfall which was pretty cool but quite touristy.

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The Icelandic indie music playlist Ben downloaded for the trip perfectly fit the road trip montage-esque experience of driving through the vast landscape.

In the early afternoon, we arrived at Thingvellir National Park. It seemed funny how a certain part of Iceland was designated as a National Park when the entire island looks like one. We parked, got out, and started down a well-maintained gravel path. The landscape here was much scrubbier than the lava fields we’d been driving through. Our first thought was to see one of the more famous waterfalls in the park, but the falls was crowded with people. They waded into the stream, sat on the rocks, and some were smoking. It wasn’t particularly pleasant so we decided to just wander around on the paths.

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Part of our hike took us through the Almannagja Gorge which is the divide where the North American and Eurasion tectonic plates split.

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After a long day of hiking, it was dinner time. Unfortunately, finding dinner proved to be a difficult task – as least for three stingy college students with high metabolism who’s meals for the day consisted mainly of bagels and peanut butter. We found a few places but they were all pretty pricey. Eventually, we just drove to Skjol campsite where, luckily, there was a little restaurant. We all ordered fish and chips.

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No longer blinded by hunger, we set up our tents. Evening was setting in an we thought that it would be a good time to go see one of the most famous waterfalls, Gullfoss. Even with the fading light, the waterfall was spectacular.

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