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Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir, Iceland
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: National Parks, Historic Sites, Geologic Formations
Activities: Hiking
Description: Located 31 miles east of Reykjavik, this is Iceland's most historic site and one of its most scenic landscapes.
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Pinckney, Michigan, United States
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78 reviews 78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This was the first stop on our Golden Crescent tour. An interesting National Park, we did rather enjoy learning about how the formation of the Icelandic Parliament took place here. There are very interesting lava formations and you can see where the earth separated during earthquakes that occurred in the past. There are some boards with written commentary if you... More

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merseyside
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I visited this park while on the Golden Circle Tour and so only had a limited time to look around. I've just got to go back sometime. It was stunning, and you could see inviting trails leading off, waiting to be explored. Some footpaths and viewing areas were still under construction, which is why I have rated it as very... More

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Auburn, Michigan
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64 reviews 64 reviews
37 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Pingvellir was an unexpected surprise. There are wonderful viewing points of the area and the informational signs gave me a great history lesson about the area.

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Orono, Maine
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Before arriving in Iceland, I didn't even know it was possible to see tectonic plates. However, this world heritage site allows you to see earth in the rawest form. The entire national park is stunning. I would have spent hours exploring the area. Most of the popular part of the park is very easily accessible for all, and the walk... More

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Allentown
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

If you have a chance to rent a bike on a sunny day, the road around the lake is hilly but very scenic. A stop at the Parliament area where the continental plates meet is stunning as well.

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London, United Kingdom
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165 reviews 165 reviews
42 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Thingvellir is the area where one can see both American and European tectonic plates that, per the information provided, are drifting apart with ~2cm/year speed. There is a lot of walks, including quite steep one from the bottom of the valley to the European side - the only road from America to Europe. The park is also a site of... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We loved driving and walking through the park. Oxararfoss was beautiful and the Thingvellir Church was pretty, too. We snorkeled the Silfra Fissure and just loved the every-changing scenery of the park. Down side? Watch out for those black flies!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Location really does double duty for geology and the origins of consensus building among the early Icelanders. Iceland is growing as the plates move apart. Beautiful scenery. But read Njal's Saga to get the bloody history of folks paying a fine for taking revenge.

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a beautiful area of Iceland and it is well worth going beyond the traditional Golden Circle areas like Gullfoss and Geysir to fully appreciate all that Iceland has to offer. There are so many contrasts in scenery, with new things popping up at almost every turn, from lakes, mountains, fir trees to churches standing on remote peninsulas -... More

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sarasota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We had a great time here. I want to teach the grandchildren, things that they are going to learn about in school. It's amazing that you can actually see and touch, the Mid Atlantic ridge here.

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