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Before entering the National park of Þingvellir, depending on which route you take, we took the route from Mosfellsdalur (north-east of Reykjavík), there is a scenic platform, view-spot, with breathtaking view of Þingvellir and the lake.
You can walk from there down the trail and into Almannagjá, the great fault. Well, you could, now they have temporarily closed it off as they found a big rift beneath the road (see my tip). There are a lot of toilets there (since April 2011 there is a charge for using the toilets) and an Interpretive center, which is very well made, see the pictures from inside the center. There are large TV monitors and touch-screens in different languages, making the history of Þingvellir come alive. I recommend going there, the whole show takes ca 40 minutes, but you can chose which ones you want to watch by touching the screen. Admission is free and it is open from 9-17 o' clock from 1st of April - 1st of November. You can get more information on the Interpretive center on Interpretive center There is now a small tourist store here as well.
On the walls are writings of known Icelanders about Þingvellir - it is all in Icelandic.
In the ceiling you will see what the sky looked like above Þingvellir in 930 - when the first parliament was established.
On one of my Northern light tours the bus stopped here and we waited for 2 hours in the hope of seeing the lights. More and more busses arrived and I think in the end that there were 4-5 busses on this spot all of them on Northern light tours.
This view-spot is called Hakið and there are now (November 2010) talks about fee collection to Hakið, no to the national park itself, only to Hakið. Nothing has been decided yet though. Sometimes there are up to 15 busses on the parking lot (which is not that big) and they are have added even more toilets. They now charge a fee of ISK 200 for using the toilets.
Address: Þingvellir, South-Iceland
Directions: If taking the north-east road from Reykjavík on road 36 then turn right just before entering The National park of Þingvellir. If leaving The National park then turn left for the view-spot.
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