Going to Thingvellir is having a first encounter with the Icelandic countryside and its national park at 28 miles northeast of Reykjavik, where Althing sessions were hold over one thousand years ago (the most ancient parliament in the world). The wonderful landscape is made of lava fields pinned between two parallel cliffs: large tectonic crack painting the separation and drift of Eurasian continental plates and American continent. Closer, in the heart of the greeny valley is a sweet view of the Thinvallavatn Lake (Iceland's largest lake).
The Sandvatnshlidar cliffs in Țingvellir National Park.© GRAPHICOBSESSION
If you throw a coin into the crystal clear waters here, your wishes might just come true.© Maksym Topchii / 123RF
Deep inside the park, the Silfra rift is one of the top 10 diving sites in the world.© Constantin Stanciu / 123RF
In order for your wish to come true, you must watch the coin all the way down to the bottom of the pool.© Tomas Stupka / 123RF
Alțingi, the first parliamentary institution in the world, was located in the natural amphitheatre of Thingvellir.© Tomas Stupka / 123RF