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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Iceland [1 of 5]: Thingvellir National Park

Iceland Thingvellir National Park
The fifth and last destination of our Europe + Iceland trip was the legendary Iceland! This post is the first of five, because there are so many geographically and visually distinct landmarks within Iceland that we visited. We stayed in Reykjavik, rented a car, and drove as far as we could to see as much as we could. Our first stop: Thingvellir National Park.

driving in Iceland
driving in Iceland
driving in Iceland
driving in Iceland
The drive from Reykjavik to Thingvellir National Park, or anywhere in Iceland, is otherworldly beautiful. We pulled over all the time just to take in the views! The land is so uninhabited, lush, and fascinating.

Driving suggestion: vehicles in Iceland are pricey to rent, and SUVs are double the price. If you go in the summer and just plan to stay on the Ring Road (rather than off-roading), then the roads are paved and pretty easy to drive. Save some money and go for a sedan. (We rented our car online from Enterprise and picked it up at the Reykjavik airport - super easy.)

Iceland Thingvellir National Park
hiking Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, most notable for the tectonic activity in the rift valley. You can see what I'm wearing, and that was totally fine for the amount of hiking we did. We spent a few hours at Thingvellir, but I want to spend a serious day or two hiking next time we visit!

Iceland Thingvellir National Park
Iceland Thingvellir National Park
The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be seen in the cracks throughout Thingvellir, which is mind-blowing to witness! Next time, we want to hike to canyons and rifts that are full of sparkling, clear water.

(Husband is usually risk-adverse, but when in Iceland, he threw caution to the wind and hopped on out on that rock -- haha don't try this at home, kids.)

Iceland Thingvellir National Park
Iceland Thingvellir National Park
Iceland Thingvellir National Park
(If you watch Game of Thrones, we joked that we had come across the Wall! You know nothing...) Iceland, I already cannot wait to return.

Check back next week for more Europe + Iceland posts! Also, I redesigned my Travel page so that it's easier to navigate -- hope that helps!

58 comments:

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  2. Loving these amazing photos! You make me want to visit Iceland too! :)

    xo, elizabeth t.

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  3. Iceland looks gorgeous!!! I would love to visit someday!

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  4. This looks breathtaking! Love following along on your adventures!

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  5. Such a wonderful place! Great photos!
    sending you much love!
    Nina
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  6. What an amazing place to visit. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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  7. Stunning photos! What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing.

    xo
    Pam
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  8. So breathtaking! Beautiful pictures, too!

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  9. What a gorgeous place! And that photography is amazing! Thank you for sharing!

    Paulina

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  10. These photographs are beautiful, thank you for sharing this post! If you ever get a chance to visit my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Best Wishes from England,

    Camille xo

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  11. What a beautiful place to visit!

    ❤︎
    Mercedes Marie
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  12. Such a gorgeous place !
    xoxo,

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  13. absolutely stunning! <3 <3

    Bethany
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  14. Ive always dreamed of going to Iceland, can't wait to someday! Your trip looks magical!

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  15. These photos are absolutely incredible. I cannot wait to visit Iceland!

    Blonde in Cashmere

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  16. Wow, these pictures are breathtaking. I'm so inspired by this post and your outfit looks so comfortable and chic!

    Lauren | Disco Daydream

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  17. gorgeous pics!

    xx,
    Sarah
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  18. This place must be amazing! The pictures are wonderful.

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  19. Oh my god! such a beautiful place. I am totally in love. I would like to visit this place one day.

    Have a nice day :)
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  20. Beautiful phtos! Icelaand has been high on my bucket list for the longest time, I have got to go soooon!

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  21. AMAZING PLACE, I LOVE THESE PHOTOS!!
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  22. Cool place! So perfect! <3

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    Thank you :)

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  23. Oh my gosh so gorgeous!! Love these shots!

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  24. What beautiful pictures! Looks like you had the entire place to yourself! I've never been to Iceland - can't wait to read your other posts! xx

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  25. so beautiful! I hope to visit iceland one day - it must be magical!

    xo Carola // VIENNA WEDEKIND

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  26. What a beautiful place! Great photos!

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  27. Wow! Wonderful pictures! Would love to visit Iceland one day! :)
    Simimaus

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  28. Amazing photos. I hope to visit Iceland in the near future.

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  29. Holy wow, these photos are beautiful and Iceland looks amazing! I don't know anyone that's ever been to Iceland, so this post was really interesting :)

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  30. WOW, your pictures are seriously stunning!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xx
    Laura
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  31. Gorgeous photos! The scenery is unbelievable. I also can’t imagine how cold it is there because it actually looks freezing from the photos. This has always been one of those places I’ve wanted to go to that you don’t hear about many people visiting. It looks so natural & surreal how empty it is. Must have made for some amazing exploring. Going back to check out your other travel posts now!

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    1. Thank you! And you're so right - the scenery is unbelievably surreal. Many times I was like, "Is this real life?!" As with weather, if you go during their summer, it's not too cold. When we were there, it was about 55F (13C).

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  32. These are amazing pictures, such pretty scenery!! xx

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  33. Gorgeous pictures!

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  34. These pictures are beautiful! I can't wait to be able to visit places like these.

    Evelyn x Fashiontroverts

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  35. These photos are just stunning! Adding Iceland to my list of places to go.

    Shae @ Current Habits

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  36. The nature is really breathtaking. Stunning pictures.
    xo Kristina
    TheKontemporary

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  37. Ahhh I want to go to Iceland one day! Did you stop by the Blue Lagoons?

    Tina
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    1. Hi Tina! Yes, we spent half a day at the Blue Lagoon! I have a separate post for that. It's so amazing!

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  38. Wooow, these landscapes are so amazing!

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  39. What a fantastic place and you've captured it wonderfully through your camera - everything seems to.. raw, in a very positive way! I really love 'back to nature' posts like this :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
    x

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  40. Beautiful pictures! :)

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    Kiss,Alex

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  41. Stunning pictures!
    xx
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  42. What an amazing place!
    Dora
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  43. absolutely stunning...love it!!
    kisses from dubai ♥
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  44. Amazing!!

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  45. Beautiful photos!
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  46. amazing post, kisses!

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  47. Such a wonderful place to go exploring! I wish I had a place like that around me!


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  48. Wow! This place looks amazing!

    Love, Layla Rosita

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  49. OMG this is such a great view ! I really adore your photos ♥

    xo - Violetta :)

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  50. Wow!!! Iceland is definitely on my bucket list and your pics are just making my wanderlust flare up big time! Love your blog! So happy I stumbled upon it. :)

    xx Jess
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  51. Fabulous photo diary! I'm now intrigued to see Iceland! You look gorgeous in front of the big blue door! xo

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