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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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Farmington, Connecticut
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141 reviews 141 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This was described to us as a forest, not the kind we were used to in New England. Beautiful place, clear water that you can see many feet to the bottom. There are people actually scuba diving in the pools because they are so clear. There is a small church and some bridges to cross over and look into the... More

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NB, Canada
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Both from a historical and geological point of view this is a magical place. Site of the oldest parliament in the world, it is also set in a rift valley between two tectonic plates--plus the Icelandic President's summer home is here. Problem is that our tour stopped for only 20 minutes--not nearly long enough to do justice to such a... More

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Vancouver, B.C.
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236 reviews 236 reviews
107 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We spent a couple of hours here, starting at the lookout and visitor centre at the top. The viewpoint gives a good overview of the valley. There are signs to explain the significance of the spot, both historically and geologically. There is a gift shop and toilets here. (This is the first time I've ever seen pay toilets with credit... More

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Edmonton, Alberta
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Stopped here as part of the Golden Circle Tour through Reykjavik Excursions. Spent an hour in the area, and we felt rushed at the end to finish up. There's a lot to see, including amazing rock formations, a stream with huge trout fish, and two waterfalls. There are also trails to follow to enjoyed nature. Yet another reason to head... More

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Annandale, Virginia
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29 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We started at the top lookout by the information building and arrived at apparently the same time as a number of buses.. it was very crowded and hard to get a good view, or position at the railing. If you happen there when there are buses, just wait a while.. they don't stay long and then you'll have the place... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

this place is just awesome. had the pleasure of seeing this place in middle of 2014, and this sight is just awesome. when you are in Reykjavik, you HAVE TO visit this place, its maybe a 30 or 40 minute drive, and so worth it. take a good walk, jump between the continents :-) or just enjoy the solitude of... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Not only is this place of great historical importance to the history of Iceland, but geologically (the rift valley marks the crest of the mid-Atlantic Ridge) it is quite significant. Although I am not a scuba diver - the nearby lake (silfra) has amazing visibility and is unique in that one can touch the European and North American plates in... More

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The best light for photography in Iceland is around sept 15th to oct 15th. Þingvellir is a complete set of scenario, huge set, best enjoyed in good light and clear air or lightly cloudy. I do not recommend the Cafe/shop in Thingvellir. It's a better idea to bring something with you. Take your time, see the powerful forces of nature... More

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Bridgewater, Canada
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Stopped here as part of the Golden Circle tour. Beautiful scenery especially in the fall when we visited. The water was so clear you could see several meters to the bottom, stunning. Didn't get to spend as much time here as I would have liked, so I would definitely return again in the future. High recommendation.

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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148 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Þingvellir National Park is an area of great importance in Iceland and one of the attractions on the Golden Circle Tour. The National Park is set in a rift valley where the Mid-Atlantic ridge runs through separating the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The National Park was declared national property in 1930. Lake Þingvallavatn also marks the boundary between... More

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