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The Golden Circle is a 300 kilometre route to the three most popular natural attractions in Iceland: the Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss Waterfall and Žingvellir National Park.

We went there on our first day in Iceland. We were lucky with the weather - it was cold but sunny, no wind and the fresh snow looked fantastic. The roads were black.

Žingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological significance. The park lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. To its south lies Žingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.
Žingvellir is associated with the Althing, the national parliament of Iceland, which was established at the site in 930 AD. Sessions were held at the location until 1798. (Wikipedia)

The Icelandic alphabet is notable for its retention of two old letters which no longer exist in the English alphabet: Ž, ž (žorn, modern English "thorn") and Š, š (eš, anglicised as "eth" or "edh"), representing the voiceless and voiced "th" sounds (as in English thin and this), respectively. The Icelandic signs look strange with these two letters.
The names seem also very difficult but when you divide them and understand the parts, it is not so bad. Eyjafjallajökull is the famous volcano. Jökull means glacier. Eyjafjalla is now easy :).


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