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If you follow the path from the lookout over the lake down toward the AlÞing, keep walking toward the parking lot across the valley a bit and you'll cross over the Peningagjá (The Money Chasm). Here in this deep fissure you'll see thousands of glistening coins in the crystal clear waters. It's somewhat of a tradition for visitors to throw loose change into the water from the bridge that crosses over the fissure. It's said that if you can follow the coin all the way down as it falls through the water, your wish will come true.
However, with the prices in Iceland, I suggest you look for the smallest coin possible before you toss it in. Gotta save some bucks!
Updated Jun 13, 2007
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I was in Iceland in April and I can assure you that you want to come prepared for the weather. It was quite cold for much of my time here and the day that I did the Golden Circle tour was also a wet and slightly windy one, so I was really glad that I had a wind and waterproof jacket.
If you're doing the Golden Circle with a group, a pair of cross-trainers or any good athletic shoes will be sufficient, but if you're on your own and are looking to hike around Þingvellir National Park, I'd recommend a pair of good hiking shoes.
Photo Equipment: Be prepared with all of your best camera gear to capture the sights here. If there weather is wet like it was for me, you should also be prepared to keep your camera gear dry. Cloths for the lenses, plastic for the body, etc.
Updated Jun 17, 2007
Certainly one of the best ways to see this amazing National Park is to hike it. There are many things to see like the lake, waterfalls, fissurs of the land, historical buildings, wild flowers, rivers and streams, interprative centers etc. A trip to this park should include some time for hiking around and see what's to be seen. It is all so beautiful.
Equipment: Be sure to pack a warm jacket and longer pants if you're wearing shorts. The weather in Iceland is unpredictable and can change dramatically in the course of an hour. A good pair of hiking shoes is ideal, but I had a pair of cross trainers and they were sufficient.
Updated Sep 7, 2005