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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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Cleveland, Ohio
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

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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Wendover, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
23 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It was nice to go with the Golden Circle tour in December to learn the story of this place. Our return visit in the summer was very nice.

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This National Park, which is a World Heritage Site, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates come together is well worth a visit. It is a very good lesson in how SMALL we are all and how, and how, the forces of nature will long prevail after we are all long gone. The forces here are pulling the continents... More

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maryland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

we walked the entire area, couldn't take in enough. imagining all the different times and people, seeing the church, the graves of the poets, the council area... it was very cool to see the place of such historical significance

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our party of six with a day off a cruise ship made a short stop at Thingvellir National Park as we headed to Guysir and Gullfoss. To say we didn't allow sufficient time is an understament. You need time to absorb the history of Icelands first parliament, you need to stroll around the vast site and imagine the how the... More

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Mount Holly, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The first Icelandic Parliament was held here in 930 AD and in subsequent years. This area also is the site of the Great Atlantic Rift which separates the European and American tectonic plates. These move apart about 1 inch per year and is the only place not below water where this can be observed.

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Singapore, Singapore
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Site of iceland's first parliament and the midpoint of the north american and eurasian plate! It's so amazing to stand between the american/eurasian plate! The rock formations are simply amazing. Part of the golden circle (thingvellir/geysir/gulfoss) route that is a MUST for all tourist. Simply drive out of reykjavik on Road#1, then turn into Road#36 after passing mosfellsbaer (it's clearly... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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36 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Very impressive to imagine what role this spot has played in the history of democracy. And equally impressive to see the Eurasian and American plates being pulled apart (if you watch carefully... :-)). It's a bit overcrowded with touringcars and such...

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