I haven’t written about the site of Þingvellir previously, probably because it is a main tourist site which I think everyone has already seen millions of photos of. When we visited in the summer I published some photos of the lake area nearby. I still think this is the prettier area (rather than the main site) if you are visiting in the summer.
We did a Golden Circle bus tour on our recent visit, really only because we wanted to see Gullfoss frozen (I will post on this separately).
Although it was pretty depressing being on a bus full of first-time tourists, it turns out that driving ourselves would have been a little “interesting”.
In fact, we saw another tour bus that had skidded off the road and got stuck! This made me wonder if this was why our tour started so late in the day – maybe some companies choose to start later despite the limited daylight in the hope of having better road conditions.
As it happened this was the one sunny day we had and the best for sightseeing photos, so it was accidentally well planned.
The bus stopped at the “upper” car park, whereas we had parked in the “lower” one last tie, so we did get a different starting perspective, and the snow on the mountains made the site look more dramatic overall.
I will include one photo from last time, as the Icelandic flag is meant to be flying in the place where it is believed the original Parliament met. It wasn’t there this time – maybe they take it down in the winter!
Have you ever found yourself driving somewhere in unexpectedly bad conditions? Do you agree with me that snow makes most things look better?