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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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

There aren't too many places where you can see were two of the earth's place have caused a rift. There is plenty of information detailing the history of Iceland's Assembly and then Parliament which shares this location and the views even on a dull day are worth the visit. Tip... Walk back down the designated path in the rift away... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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42 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This national park is worth a stop to check out the natural beauty and geological forces that have created it. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain when we were there, which took away from the enjoyment, but on a clear/less rainy day, I'm sure the walk through the park would be amazing. The scenery is beautiful and you can marvel at... More

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Nottingham
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203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We self driove as part of golden circle route. Stopped here to look at the 2 tectonic plates, take photos and learn more of the hostory. We stayed a couple of hours and thought it was well worth visiting.

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Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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123 reviews 123 reviews
106 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

I recommend starting your visit of Thingvellir National Park at the visitor center for a triple reason : One. Inside you can browse two computer databases, one about the geography of the park and one about its historical significance. The information is well catalogued and interesting but unfortunately we had to queue to consult it. Two. A member of staff... More

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had to walk about 10 minutes to get away from the endless busloads of tourists clicking away and getting back on the bus to "do" the next item on the ticklish. But when we did get away it was great. The actual idea of the geology behind where we were was quite stunning. Our boys enjoyed standing between the... More

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Burgess Hill
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12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Thingvellir is an exceptional place because a) It is where the Icelandic parliament was founded over 1,000 years ago - the oldest in the world. b) It is a rare site where you can see the volcanic activity of the mid-Atlantic Ridge: a place where you can see the American and Eurasion tectonic plates moving apart. c) The national park... More

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SCOTLAND
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

.....this natural location offers you the chance to step back in time, when the Vikings held counsel here..... you can well imagine the scenes of the great gatherings as laws were made and put out for governance. The site entrance is still being developed, presumably to cater for the many visitors coming to this location. Part of the 'Golden Circle'... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
38 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Great trip. Included is a snorkel in Silfra and cave exploring. Excellent day trip from Reykjavik. Very friendly and fun guides. Can't remember name of tour group, but if you search Black & Blue tour, you'll find them.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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30 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

As we drove into the park…there was a large expanse of bare land covered in cairns! It was very magical. Lots of history…Icelandic Parliament was established here in 930! Beauty in every direction and it was a beautiful day!

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San Francisco, California
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is another destination which is part of the Golden Circle Tour. You get to see the shifting tectonic plates here, where the stream cut through. There will be a gradual graded hike if you walk up to the information center. Wear sturdy shoes.

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