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Žingvellir Travel Guide: 76 reviews and 369 photos

Getting here is half the fun!

I'm sure it wasn't the best idea I've ever had - trying to drive to the rift valley where Iceland's largest lake is located in my small rental Toyota. Especially on a back road. Especially on a day after a snow fall, when the road was still largely covered in icy slush. Thank goodness I'm a Yooper! Thank goodness I have decent winter driving skills! Thank goodness I was lucky!

It was a dark and stormy day. . .

The dramatic landscape, though, made it all worthwhile. Something deeply dramatic and satisfying about the harsh rugged interior of Iceland - you have a little awe for the rugged people who have made this island their home. And what were they thinking when they decided to locate their main "talking place" - the antecedent of the world's parliaments - here in the interior of the country, far removed from the accessible coastline?

Big sky, big water, big snow. . .

  • Last visit to Žingvellir: Mar 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • agapotravel's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Hi again! We are back from Iceland. We absolutely loved it! We weren't driving in snow like you. :-) Check out my pages and let me know what you think. Thanks!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2007 at 7:14 AM

    Would love to visit Iceland but definitely not in winter!!!!

  • cwhit21's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2006 at 11:40 PM

    I heard from a few that they had the nicest hot springs, did you hit them up?

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2006 at 7:11 PM

    Visiting Iceland in winter seems like quite an adventure... with the rental car, freezing roads and all, good thing nothing bad happened!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2006 at 11:40 AM

    Speaking of desolation! Interesting but not my cup of tea...I dislike winters here and they are really rather mild.

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2006 at 10:20 AM

    Good thing you are very skilled at driving in the snow!


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