ICELAND | Thingvellir National Park

March 2017:

Overview:

Stay:

Ion Adventure Hotel – a member of the Design hotels group, this beautiful white concrete structure feels cosy inside along with welcoming hospitality. Situated on the south east of lake Þingvallavatn, facilities include a restaurant, bar and spa.

Eat:

Silfa (In the Ion Hotel)

See:

Hike around lake Þingvallavatn, it’s protected as a national park due to its unique geology and natural features. Walk through the Almannagjá, a canyon formed between two tectonic plates, a visual representation of continental drift. The waters in and around Þingvellir are a popular destination for fishing as well as scuba diving. You can scuba dive between the tectonic plates, unfortunately it was too cold for us to take the plunge.

Visit the old village of Þingvellir it’s the national shrine of Iceland. It is, for one, a key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD.

Aurora Borealis AKA The Northern Light: We drove out to the Lake at 9pm after dinner at Silfa. It was -15 c but it was worth it! Check out the post ‘Capturing the Northern Lights’

LAVA spa: We paid £20 each to use the facilities which included use of the thermo pool, sauna and relaxation area. They also have a range of treatments to book. 

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