I spent seven glorious days chasing waterfalls in Iceland, a country that has been on my bucket list for a while. I’ve spent the pandemic hiking every forest preserve within a couple of hours of Chicago with my doggos. So the minute I got my second shot in April, I booked the trip. Originally it was going to be four days, but there was just so much I wanted to do that I tacked in an extra three days. Since this was a solo trip, I didn’t do anything too dangerous, like hike 12 miles up a mountain. I also mixed it up: some guided tours/activities and some self-driving activities.
During my vacation, I visited the Golden Circle, the closest to Reikjavik; the glaciers in east Iceland; and Snaefellsness Peninsula in west Iceland. I hiked to an ice cave; took a boat ride on a glacier lagoon; tried to hike up to the volcano that erupted in March (it’s no longer active although the guides say that the area has had a lot of earthquakes in recent days); and generally just explored this country that has so much natural beauty.
Thingvellir is a historic park and one of the main stops on the Golden Circle, a route that features many tourist sites recommended for travelers with very little time to explore the country. The park was the site of the country’s first parliament, an open air venue, from the 10th to the 18th century. The valley sits on the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which you can see in nearby Silfra.