Iceland | Day 8

Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.  - Gustave Flaubert

After another night of the Northern Lights, we were thrilled to wake up to a blue sky. We headed to Thingvellir National Park to soak up the sun. We had plans to snorkel there the following day, but we wanted some time to enjoy meandering through the park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the location of Iceland's first parliament in AD 874, as well as the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It also contains Silfra Lake, which boasts some of the clearest snorkeling waters, where you can literally swim between continents.

We finished our day in Reykjavik where we experienced incredible design, delicious lamb hot dogs, and an all around great city. Despite the financial crisis in 2008, the capital is booming, and the skyline was filled with construction cranes. We settled into a quaint Airbnb for the remainder of our trip.

Thingvellir

Reykjavik

Harpa Concert Hall

Hallgrímskirkja

To start from day one, revisit the first Iceland journal entry. Or check out our final days in Iceland. You can view the rest of our adventure here.