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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

28 May 2017 - Iceland Day 3: Þingvellir National Park and Öxarárfoss

For anyone who has done some read up about Iceland would know of a popular day trip known as the Golden Circle.  That's exactly what I'd planned to do today.  Our first stop is Þingvellir National Park which is about 40km northeast of Reykjavik.
The park lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian.  Þingvellir National Park is designated as a World Heritage Site in 2004. To its south lies Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.
There is a visitor center next to the car park and several lookout points around the area.  This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland.  We spent about 45mins walking around and enjoying the spectacular scenery.
From the higher ground of the National Park, we drove to another car park that is located at the lower ground.  We then walked along the river bank towards the Þingvallakirkja, the church at Þingvellir.
The moment we reached the church, it began to rain quite heavily.  We quickly took some photos of the church and walked back to our car.
Not far away from the church is a waterfall called Öxarárfoss.
This is not a huge waterfall but we were able to get quite close to it.
Despite the rain, we still managed to capture some great photos of the waterfall.

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