The Golden Circle

The Gulfs Waterfall is to Iceland what the Fisheman’s Bastion was to Hungary in that seeing a single photo of either of these icons would be enough to inspire a trips to these locations.(For me, it did!)  Despite the limited visibility, the purity of the water and snow created surprisingly good conditions for photography.

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We also visited the site of the original parliament meetings,  Þingvellir established in 930 AD, later dubbed as a UNESCO heritage site in . Leaders from around Iceland camped here for two weeks establishing legislature (a law needed to be memorized by the politician who proposed it three summers in a row for it to pass), for judicial activities. Formerly, it took approximately 17 days for various chieftains to make the trip on horseback.

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The location also happens to be perched atop the continental puzzle pieces of North America and Europe and separates 2 cm each year.

To the Southwest of that tectonic juncture is  Þingvallavatn Lake, the largest lake in Iceland.

The junction of these plates within the lake is a popular place to scuba– in both summer and winter (didn’t know the last fact until several people in my hostel were planning to do so).

 

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In lieu of the decrees made during the annual parliamentary congregations, the range of corporal judgements decided upon would be carried out on the bank of a nearby river and minor waterfall.

No need to go into specifics, but the  brutality spilled over, so to speak, here:

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By the way, below is a full frame version of the famous Gulfoss cascades featured at the top of this post:

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On the return from Þingvellir,  stopped at the geyser. (Note: the actual geyser is about 100 m further from where the photos below were taken, but have yet to download those yet!)

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A successful day in my book, but as always, more to come!

(23.12.2016)

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