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“Serene park with beautiful walks” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir, Iceland
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Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Located 31 miles east of Reykjavik, this is Iceland's most historic site and one of its most scenic landscapes.
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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“Serene park with beautiful walks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We visited here and were taken by its tranquility and beauty. The buildings are the site of Iceland's first Parliament. The Icelanders gathered here hundreds of years ago.
There were brown trout spawning in the rivers and many paths to explore. Oh and do check out the toilets...what an amazing view!!

Visited October 2013
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Mountain View, California
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“Wish we had more time there”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We did this as part of a Golden Circle tour, and we only had time for one stop and no hiking. We stopped at the top of the cliffs and walked around for 15 minutes. I really wish we had had more time to spend and understand not just the spectacular scenery, but also the historical significance. But even our one stop was memorable. The rift caused by the spreading North Atlantic ridge is amazing, like a huge crack in the earth.

Visited October 2013
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Just amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This was part of our tour and I wish we had more time to explore. The fissures created by the two tectonic plates sliding past each other were just unbelievable. The force and stress that is represented here is just awe inspiring. It just lets us know how little we are in the scope of time.

Visited October 2013
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Ridgefield, CT
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“A very important part of Iceland's History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This Pingvellir National park is in a rift valley and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is part of the golden circle tour or can be visited alone. In the viking times, it was the setting for Iceland's Open air parliament and festivals are still held here. Some of the key features are the Law Rock, the Pingvellir church and cemetery,the Pingvallavatn natural lake,the Almannagja deep cliff lined gully where the North American and European plates drift apart about 11 inches a year and the Oxararfoss falls that were created when the river was diverted in 930 AD to provide water for the assemblies...it was also an area where executions took place.

Visited September 2013
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“Interesting geology and history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Great scenery, with the fissure between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates, where they are pulling apart. You can walk between the two. There is lots of history here, as well as geology. The first parliament was started here, in 930. A very worthwhile place to stop. Interesting shop too.

Visited September 2013
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