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Reviews of Thingvellir National Park • 3
Stop 1 - Pingvellir National Park (64.2559° N, 21.1304° W)
I reached Reykjavik on a day when it was a celebration time and to my utter dismay even the supermarkets (Except 10-11) were closed. I picked up my rental car from www.bluecarrental.is located at a stone’s throw away from the Keflavik airport. I opted for a 4WD with Automatic transmission and was given a Toyota RAV4 in impeccably good condition. After adapting to an entirely opposite rule of driving conditions I was headed towards Reykjavik for my first night stay at the Bus Hostel . It is situated a bit outside the main city but at a very convenient location. There is a 10-11 store nearby and I got my first night’s dinner from there (saviour in distress). The next morning I was greeted by snowfall and the receptionist informed me that the tours for the Golden circle were cancelled due to the bad weather conditions. What a bummer ! But since I had my car, I could go ahead and give it a try (the Icelandic way of doing things - Never give up!). So I headed out to Reykjavik and picked up some rental equipments from Iceland Camping Rentals. I highly recommend this store for all your rental needs. Delphine who runs the store is extremely helpful as she made sure I got my car power inverter even on a holiday ! A big thanks to her because without it I would have been in serious trouble. I headed out of town using the app maps.me which is an incredibly useful online and offline Android app for navigation in Iceland.
Driving out of Reykavik (Rey-kya-vik) armed only with maps and a GPS was one of the best scenic road trips I ever had, combing through the extensively unspoiled nature. We took the Golden circle route in South Iceland initially, covering about 300km looping from the main city district into central Iceland - this got us through Pingvellir national park (a UNESCO world heritage site), lunch at Gullfoss waterfall (translated as 'golden falls') which was one of the most painful lunches I had as I couldn't feel my hands, much less savour my ham sandwich, and Haukadalur, an active geothermal valley which had Strokkur and Geysir geysers. Driving up North, we explored Pingvellir, Glymur and the Hvalfjordour region, and stopped by small towns like Akranes, Borgarnes and Hellnar, just to poke our noses into how countryside Nordic life is like. Some of our leisure drives also found us looking out for Kerið crater and 101 other waterfalls including Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss along a coastal drive. Others found us mounting random hills (okay, mostly the guys) and walking on thin ice. The main roads are smooth to drive on, and some roads and sidewalks branching out from Reykavik are heated by geothermal energy to melt ice (not that we even realized, but we read about it). But if you steer off the beaten path, you may find yourself well in several inches of snow or gravel.