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This is a shot of sunrise (at 11am) over Lake ήingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland. We had beautiful clear weather for our visit, but it was so cold the locks on our rental car froze, and we only got them open after warming the key up in my pocket for several minutes. We were the only people around, so it was a little frightening to think we were stuck out in the cold!

Wikipedia says of Thingvellir:"The valley is one of the most important places in Icelandic history. In the year 930, the Alώingi, one of the oldest parliamentary institutions of the world, was founded. The Alώingi met yearly, where the Lawspeaker recited the law to all of the gathered people and decided disputes as well. Criminals were also punished at these assemblies; to this day, visitors can see the Drekkingarhylur ("drowning pool") in the river, where woman lawbreakers were drowned."

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