Thingvellir is a geologists dream. The North American Plate and the European Plate are tearing apart at a millimeter a year. You can actually walk through one section and see the power of the tectonic plates in action. All of this is surrounded by gorgeous mountains and a crystal clear lake. This is also the spot where the yearly Allthing was held to discuss politics and decide judicial matters. I stood there before the Law Rock and felt a little awed by the history of it.
Geysir, they pronounce it, "Gay - zir", and will correct you, is smaller than Old Faithful, but still amazing in its raw energy. It is also very hot so you do not want to stand down wind of it or you could get burned ! The boiling sulfur pits were amazing too !
If you look at the first picture on my home page you will see a strange picture. This is a black volcanic mountain with snow on it . In the valley below the snow pooled in the bottom half of the hardened lava and made it look like some sort of weird wave. Very beautiful !
I am Norwegian on my father's side and am very fond of the art of Gustav Vigalen, but I have to admit I enjoyed the sculptures of Einnar Jonsson and Asmundur Sveinsson almost as much.
Their national museum was absolutely incredible ! Viking swords, shields, spears, and other artifacts line the walls. They have the original wolf Thor's hammer on display. I have been wearing a replica for twenty five years. They also have the Thor statue where he is sitting, wearing a conical hat, and has his hammer between his knees. And of course it is the original !
The night life was a little too much for me. But someone younger would probably love the night club scene there. It gets a little wild on the weekends ! My speed was more in line with the Irish pub I went to. Yes, an Irish pub in Iceland ! Be careful though, the alcohol content is much higher over there. I think the bartender said 15% but I was a little out of it by then .
Finally, the people there are so friendly ! Unlike in Montreal where if you speak English they give you a little smirk, In Iceland they seem really glad to speak to you in English. As I was coming out of the one museum a jogger went by and said, "Halloo". When I replied, "Hey how are you", he spun around jogging backwards, and with a big smile, and in clear English, said, " I am fine thanks". His smile is one of the things I will always remember about Iceland. It was genuine !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !