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Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park one of the three national parks on Iceland. Thingvellir was declared a national park in 1930. Thingvellir is a site of historical, cultural and geological importance. Thingvellir has a high concentration of volcanic activity. Thingvellir is a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be seen in the faults and fissures in Thingvellir. The Parliament of Iceland (Althing) was founded at Thingvellir in 930. The Althing is the oldest parliament in the world. Thingvellir Church is situated in the Almannagjá, the largest canyon in Thingvellir, in this place in the year 1000 the Icelanders accepted Christianity. Thingvallavatn is situated in Thingvellir National Park. Thingvallavatn is the largest natural lake of Iceland, filled with clear and sweet water. Thingvellir was also the site of the proclamation of the Republic of Iceland in 1944. Thingvellir National Park is part of the Golden Circle, a famous tourist route on Iceland, the three major stops are the Gullfoss waterfall, the Haukadalur Valley with the geysirs Strokkur and Geysir, and Thingvellir. Thingvellir National Park gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2004. World Heritage Art: Thingvellir Drekkingarhylur and The Lava Fields of Thingvellir

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Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir is a site of great historical, cultural and geological importance on Iceland. The continental drift between the North American and...

Thingvellir is a site of great historical, cultural and geological importance on Iceland. The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be seen in the faults and fissures in Thingvellir. This fissure zone is running through Iceland. Thingvellir is situated at the northern shore of Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake of Iceland. Thingvellir National Park was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2004.

  1. Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir is a site of great historical, cultural and geological importance on Iceland. The continental drift between the North American and...

    Thingvellir is a site of great historical, cultural and geological importance on Iceland. The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be seen in the faults and fissures in Thingvellir. This fissure zone is running through Iceland. Thingvellir is situated at the northern shore of Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake of Iceland. Thingvellir National Park was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2004.

  2. Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir National Park: Thingvellir Church is situated in the Almannagjá, the largest canyon in Thingvellir National Park....

    Thingvellir National Park: Thingvellir Church is situated in the Almannagjá, the largest canyon in Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir Church was built shortly after the acceptance of Christianity in Iceland in the year 1000 AD. The present Thingvellir Church was constructed and consecrated in 1859. Next to the church is a small cemetery, two of the most famous poets of Iceland are buried here.

  3. Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir National Park: On the right the so called rope lava formations. Thingvellir has a high concentration of volcanic activity. Lava...

    Thingvellir National Park: On the right the so called rope lava formations. Thingvellir has a high concentration of volcanic activity. Lava fields are seen all over. Thingvellir is situated on the tectonic plate boundary of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The North American plate and the Eurasian Plate are separating slowly, at a rate of 2 cm each year, forming rift valleys. The largest rift valley is called the Almannagjá, it is 70 metres wide and 40 metres deep. 

  4. Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir National Park: The Nikulásargjá is one of the rifts in Thingvellir, the rifts of Thingvellir are full of clear,...

    Thingvellir National Park: The Nikulásargjá is one of the rifts in Thingvellir, the rifts of Thingvellir are full of clear, cold water. A popular activity in Thingvellir is diving into one of the water filled rifts. The Drekkingarhylur is the Drowning Pool where adulterous women were executed by drowning. Men who had committed serious crimes were hanged on the the Gallows Rock, the Gálgaklettur. Thingvellir National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage.

  5. Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir National Park was the first national park in Iceland. The park is accessible by car. The gravel roads in Thingvellir National...

    Thingvellir National Park was the first national park in Iceland. The park is accessible by car. The gravel roads in Thingvellir National Park are in good condition. Thingvellir is situated about 50 km from the capital city Reykjavik. Thingvellir is the only place in the world where you can drive between America and Europe. Thingvellir National Park was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 2004, the first World Heritage on Iceland. 

  6. Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir National Park: The vantage point at Thingvellir on the North American Plate. Iceland is divided by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge....

    Thingvellir National Park: The vantage point at Thingvellir on the North American Plate. Iceland is divided by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Iceland is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge rises above the sea level, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge includes a deep rift valley. Thingvellir is situated in the rift valley. Thingvellir is the only place in the world, where you can walk between the continents America and Europe

  7. Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir National Park: Sandey Island is a lava formation in Lake Thingvallavatn. There are two small volcanic islands in Thingvallavatn...

    Thingvellir National Park: Sandey Island is a lava formation in Lake Thingvallavatn. There are two small volcanic islands in Thingvallavatn called Sandey en Nesjaey. Sandey en Nesjaey are the result of a volcanic eruption of thousands of years ago. Lake Thingvallavatn is frozen over in the winter. Despite the cold temperatures, the lake has a rich vegetation.

  8. Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir National Park: Thingvallavatn is the largest natural lake of Iceland, it is filled with crystar clear and sweet water....

    Thingvellir National Park: Thingvallavatn is the largest natural lake of Iceland, it is filled with crystar clear and sweet water. Thingvallavatn is known for the presence of the brown trout, the three-spined sticklebacks and four species of the Arctic char. Thingvallavatn is a rift valley lake, the deepest point in the lake is about 114 metres. Lake Thingvallavatn lies partially within Thingvellir National Park.

  9. Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir National Park: The Öxarárfoss waterfall falls down from the North American Plate, the Öxarárfoss falls in...

    Thingvellir National Park: The Öxarárfoss waterfall falls down from the North American Plate, the Öxarárfoss falls in the Almannagjá, the rift in between the North American and Eurasian Plates. The River Öxará runs through Thingvellir and is forming the Öxarárfoss waterfall, the waterfall is about 20 metres high. The Parliament of Iceland was founded on the banks of the River Öxará in In 930.

  10. Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir National Park: The small Thingvellir Church in Valhallarvegur, in this spot the Icelanders accepted Christianity by...

    Thingvellir National Park: The small Thingvellir Church in Valhallarvegur, in this spot the Icelanders accepted Christianity by law, There has been a small church in Thingvellir since the acceptance of Christianity in the year 1000 AD. The present Thingvellir Church was constructed in 1859, a new tower was built in 1907, the tower contains three bells, the third bell was added in 1944 when the Republic of Iceland was proclaimed on the Parliamentary Plains at Thingvellir.

  11. Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir National Park: The Penningagjá is one of the rifts in Thingvellir, the rifts of Thingvellir are full of crystal clear,...

    Thingvellir National Park: The Penningagjá is one of the rifts in Thingvellir, the rifts of Thingvellir are full of crystal clear, cold water. Diving is permitted in two rifts in the park, the Silfra and the Davíðsgjá. Davíðsgjá is situated at the bottom of Lake Thingvallavatn. Thingvellir is situated in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian Plates.

  12. Thingvellir National Park - þingvellir National Park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. Thingvellir is part of the Golden Circle. The Golden...

    þingvellir National Park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. Thingvellir is part of the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle is a famous tourist route on Iceland. The three most important stops are Thingvellir National Park, the waterfall Gullfoss and the Haukadalur Valley with the geysers Strokkur and Geysir. Thingvellir is the most important historic site in Iceland.

  13. Thingvellir National Park - Camping is only permitted in two areas of Thingvellir National Park, at Leirar and Vatnskot. The North American and the Eurasian plates...

    Camping is only permitted in two areas of Thingvellir National Park, at Leirar and Vatnskot. The North American and the Eurasian plates are gradually pulling apart, creating no man's land, called the Almannagjá, the camping site is situated in the Almannagjá, so you are camping neither in America or Europe. The Almannagjá is the largest fissure in Thingvellir National Park and looks like a canyon.

  14. Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir National ParK, the first national park of Iceland: The Parliamentary Plains. Thingvellir was declared a national park in 1930. The...

    Thingvellir National ParK, the first national park of Iceland: The Parliamentary Plains. Thingvellir was declared a national park in 1930. The Parliament of Iceland, the Althing or the Alþingi, was founded at Thingvellir in 930. The Althing is the oldest parliament in the world.  Thingvellir was also the site of the proclamation of the Republic of Iceland in 1944. Thingvellir is a national park of historical, cultural and geological importance.

  15. Thingvellir National Park - Thingvellir National Park: Magnificent lava formations near the Lögberg, the Lögberg means the Law Rock. Until 1118, the laws...

    Thingvellir National Park: Magnificent lava formations near the Lögberg, the Lögberg means the Law Rock. Until 1118, the laws of Iceland were not written down, but were earned by heart by the Lawspeaker of the Althing, he was chosen for a period of three years to proclaim the laws at the Lögberg. Nowadays, the flag of Iceland marks the spot where the Lawspeaker of the Althing stood.