Sunday, December 18, 2011

Þingvellir in winter, part 3

The Þingvellir house belongs to the government and is used for public receptions and as a summer house by the Prime Minister. It is not open to the public except on rare special occasions. Designed by Guðjón Samúelsson and built in 1930, it is built in a style imitative of the wood-gabled turf houses of the 18th and 19th centuries. The rightmost two section were added onto the house in the 1970s. Here seen in winter:



On the left you can see part of the roof of Hotel Valhöll, which burned down in 2009:

Here is the view towards the lake.
All three photos are taken from the same spot in the rim of the Almannagjá rift.


And here is an interesting rock formation in the Almannagjá. How many trolls can you see?

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