"Come quickly inside and get out of the cold" said the blonde haired lady in the tourist shop. It was late March, and we found ourselves in Thingvellir National Park (https://www.thingvellir.is/en/) in South Western Iceland.
This trip had been a family affair, my parents were married 50 years and had decided that instead of having a huge party in Ireland or Belgium, they wanted to go to Iceland with ourselves. I suppose my adventurers side definitely comes from my parents who have always loved travelling to lesser known locations, mingling with the locals and experiencing local food and traditions.
So here we were, the entire gang in this beautiful national park which is a World heritage park since 2004.
It looked like Thingvellir was ready to be covered by a layer of snow again, a dark sky glooming and in stark contrast with the snow covered mountains.
A spine-chilling wind made us wrap-up even warmer, getting ready to walk between the North American and Eurasian plates. The area is also home to Iceland's largest natural lake which is popular with divers who like the idea of diving between tectonic plates.
Walking along the path, we admired the waterfall's where the kids enjoyed the areas which were still covered by snow. Thingvellir is associated with the Althing, better known as the Icelandic parliament which was established on this site back in 930AD.
Thingvellir is one of the three main tourist attractions in what is known as the golden circle, and we would advise nto arrive early in the National park to avoid the many bus loads of tourists.
When we visited the park, some of the paths were still closed due to snow blocking them. We have already plans made to return during the summer and discover this area in more depth.
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We are Peter & Dolores De Bie. We love the great outdoors, discovering new parts of the world and writing about our adventures along the Wild Atlantic Way and further afield