"Þingvellir National Park in South-Iceland." Top 5 Page for this destination Iceland Things to Do Tip by Regina1965
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Now this is one of my favourite places in Iceland and I go here often as it is close to the capital.
Þingvellir National Park is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the American and Eurasian continents, making it a very special tourist attraction and for us Icelanders this is the holiest place in Iceland and one of the places we visit the most. The tectonic plates are actually visible here, in earlier days the rift where the plates meet used to be a lot more shallow, but has sunk more and more over the years and it is said that the Vikings might not even recognise Almannagjá rift anymore.
There used to be a hotel here but sadly it burnt down on July 10, 2009.
Þingvellir is the only place in the world which has been recognized by UNESCO as a cultural site connected to the Viking culture.
The oldest parliament in the world was established at Þingvellir in 930 by the Vikings and convened there until 1798. For 2 weeks every summer people from all over Iceland gathered in Þingvellir to attend Alþingi, the parliament. Now the parliament is in the center of Reykjavík.
I have made a special page on Þingvellir with a lot more tips on what to do there and many pictures as it is my favourite and very special. Do pay it a visit. There is diving and snorkeling, fishing, a lovely waterfall, Peningagjá rift filled with coins, a hotel, an Information center, camping, a church, the largest lake in Iceland and a lot of interesting walks.
In March 2011 a big hole was discovered in Almannagjá rift, and a fench was put up to keep people from falling in. It is believed that this hole developed during the earthquakes in 2000 and 2006, but we don´t know this yet. It is just lucky that nobody fell in and hurt themselves as this is on the path where every visitor walks when visiting Þingvellir.
Address: Þingvellir, South-Iceland
Directions: Þingvellir is 49 km from Reykjavík if you drive on road 36 straight to Þingvellir. The other route is by the south-coast - turn left on 35 before you reach Selfoss and left again on 36 which then takes you to Þingvellir.
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