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“like driving along a ski slalom!”

Thingvellir National Park
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Iceland Golden Circle Tour in from Reykjavík
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located 31 miles east of Reykjavik, this is Iceland's most historic site and one of its most scenic landscapes.
Reviewed February 9, 2013

we took a detour through the park on our way back from the south coast to the airport - after a very snowy few days, the roads were like glass and we met barely a soul on our trip! we didn't have time to stop, but the journey was spectacular and we truly felt like we were skidding our way through a ski slalom.

would definitely return but felt quite glad we had seen it all in its snowy splendour!

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

The site may not be exactly what you expect - but it is very impressive nonetheless and is full of history as well. Would describe it as a must see in order to fully appreciate the background it brings to ICELANDIC history, May not be the most exciting thing you can do in ICELAND - but well worth doing.

1  Thank OMNISCIENT_ONE
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Enjoyed a walk in this park where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. It was were the first Icelandic parliament meetings took place in 870. Small bookshop and vivitors centre with toilet facilities

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Þingvellir National Park is one of the main stops on the popular Golden Circle route. We visited on our Golden Circle tour with Iceland Guided Tours. Þingvellir is the site of the oldest parliament in Europe, established in the year 930. It is also located on the crest of Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are separating. Due to its historical and geological significance, it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since its a national park, it's pretty big, but probably the most popular area is near the assembly site. Lögberg, the law rock, was were the assembly met and where the exact spot is believed to be, there is a flag pole. Just north of the assembly site is Öxarárfoss waterfall and there are a network of trails to get around to the various sites. There are several rifts here and with bridges providing a way to cross and get a good look at them. Peningagjá (the actual name is Nikulásargjá) is called the money rift, because people throw coins in. The water is so clear and the visibility so good that you may be able to see a coin reach the bottom, 25 m in some places. South of here is Slifra, another rift near Þingvallavatn lake where people dive in the rift. Unfortunately, we didn't have time, but rift diving sounded like a lot of fun, although very cold. The visitor center is off route 36 just above the assembly site. A viewing area called Hakið is located here and provides for great views of Þingvallacatn and the rifts. There used to be a trail leading down to Almannagjá rift from here, but a hole opened up in the trail and it's closed for safety reasons. The day we visited, it was raining and so we didn't get to spend as much time here as we could have, but it was a really beautiful and interesting place.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Thingvellir is often visited as part of a Golden Circle tour which takes in the big sites of south-western Iceland. If there are a number of you, it may be worth hiring a car rather than doing an organised tour. There are a number of entrances to Thingvellir and a number of car parks. Signage within the site is limited but following the paths will show you the main sites. If you can, try to locate and park at the visitor centre which will give you an orientation before you start walking around. There is a helpful overview map and toilets at the visitor centre. In addition to being the site of the first parliament, it is also the site of the meeting of two tectonic plates which are slowly drifting apart. Nothing can quite prepare you for the stunning scenery which we experienced in January – with low sun and snow-capped mountains. Spectacular!

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