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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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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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400 reviews 400 reviews
280 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This park is just stunning. We were pretty much the only ones there in January when it was a semi snowscape. We had an excellent guide and the history and geology of the area is amazing. We were there 4 hours and the time flew by - would like to see it in the summer in warmer temperatures. You are... More

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England, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing place to visit - history and incredible scenery. As a family (5 including 3 boys aged 5 to 13) we spent the best part of a day walking and exploring. The walk along the footpath is easy going - we then walked to the centre of the plain and were totally alone ! Here you could... More

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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Visited Thingvellir in 1970 and just had to go back to see it 40 years on. Certainly not disappointed as it still has that magic and awe inspiring feel to it but the sheer number of tourists have made it a bit less remote and it has lost much of the serene atmosphere of years past. The continents have moved... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

When you learn about rifts and tectonic plates at school it is fairly meaningless. A trip to this park brings it all to life as you can see great crevices in the earth and the wide rift itself. The lake sits in the dip completing the picture. It is all enhanced by the geysers, waterfalls and sharp rising stone walls... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We only had a half day there......would recommend more time. But it was spectacularly beautiful location in Iceland.

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97 reviews 97 reviews
49 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This park is on the loop of the golden circle, which I consider the must-see for anyone who come to Iceland. The park has its interesting history - both Iceland politics and global geography - you should read them elsewhere. It is an easy walk around in a truly beautiful park, with lots of odd-looking rocks, vast green fields, a... More

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Albany, New York
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54 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Thingvellir is definitely a top tourist attraction and it can get busy---but it's 100% worth the time, and you can easily spend many hours here looking around. They have a free tour you can take daily around 10am starting from the church (check at the information building to verify the time/starting point). The tour is a great way to learn... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Take optional scenic route 35 on your way to the park. It is worth seeing. The Almannagja precipice is a nice walk with a beautiful waterfall in one side and a walk up to the top of the precipice on the other side. The view from the lake is good from this point. There are some solidified lava marks for... More

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111 reviews 111 reviews
50 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The falls are just a fairly short stroll, about 15 minutes back and forth from the viewing platform and are very nice. A bonus is that a lot of people that just come for the viewing platform on the busses don't go there, so its fairly quiet.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We visited and my partner graciously indulged me time to enjoy 2 scuba dives in the lake. The scenery is simply fantastic and the lake pristine and superb. There is no life that I could find in the lake but the geology is breathtaking. 1 note. Make sure you are a competent dry suit diver and expect to dive in... More

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