ÍS: Driving Around Þingvatn

southwest2 Driving around Þingvatn (“vatn” means lake) on our way to Þingvellir. [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000.  Click here for more pictures from my late May 2015 Ring Road Trip.]

10 thoughts on “ÍS: Driving Around Þingvatn

  1. Might vatn mean ‘wet’… as in Thingwet, Mywet, and so on, just like Hengifossá is Hengifossaqua, meaning not just the stream but it’s bed and floodplain (such as it is), too, in the German sense of an Au, an irrigated and fruitful waterside meadow? (and there, in meadow, is the ow, the au, the á, the flow, again?) Thanks for making me think of this.

  2. I went to Iceland in the summer, and we did a bit of exploring in Thingvellir. We didn’t drive to close or around Thingvatn, but we did go snorkelling in Silfra. I had never been snorkelling before so I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was such an incredible experience! Love looking through your photos of Iceland!

  3. In English, a ‘þing’ started as a kind of assembly or gathering, usually where less-important matters were discussed (as distinct from a ‘moot’), which devolved to the unimportant ‘thing being discussed. Is there any relationship to that in the ‘Þing’ here in the Icelandic?

  4. Okay, cool. I suppose the German is ‘das Ding’, also.

    So is this ‘thing-lake’ a ‘meeting lake’, perhaps a meeting of lakes or waters or some such thing? Or does it have some other connotation? (No idea what strikes me about this name, but there you have it.)

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