Thingvellir


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Thing·vel·lir

 (thĭng′vĕt′lîr′)
A broad valley in southwest Iceland east of Reykjavik, noted for its rocky chasms formed by the spreading of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It was the meeting place of the Althing from 930 until 1798.
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Stopping at Thingvellir National Park you can explore the enormous rift valley, take in the magnificent views of Lake Thingvallavatn and walk between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates which scar the landscape.
For our second day in Iceland, Haf recommended the "Golden Triangle," a 120-mile drive to the country's three top tourist attractions: Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss.
The Golden Circle Gourmet Food tasting tour is a good option, where you will be able to enjoy a farm-to-table meal of fresh dairy, meats, and fish at a local farm, visiting greenhouses, a classic Nordic turf house to feast on regional specialties like dried fish, smoked lamb and rhubarb pancakes, and making scenic stops at Thingvellir National Park and the thundering Gullfoss waterfall.
The founding document was signed at the Thingvellir World Heritage Property (Iceland) and brought together representatives of the five Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Denmark, including Greenland, Iceland and Norway).
Glancing at the white stone Volca table with a suspended flow of rose gold from her new limited-edition furniture collection, it's not a stretch to imagine Jonsdottir at the age of six, sketching in Thingvellir National Park alongside her artist grandfather, surrounded by the UNESCO World Heritage Site's colossal faults and rugged fissures.
At Thingvellir National Park we saw the crack between the European and American continental plates, where Iceland grows by 2cm a year as the ground splits apart.
First up, he heads to Thingvellir National Park in Iceland to explore a 40,000-mile crack in the Earth's surface.
First up he heads to Thingvellir National Park to explore a vast crack in the Earth's surface.
First up he heads to Thingvellir National Park in Iceland to explore a vast 40,000-mile crack in the Earth's surface.
Right, Alexander |Armstrong in iceland's frozen wastes, with world champion female Viking wrestler, Eva Dogg Johannsdottir and, left, with archaeologist Kevin Martin preparing to snorkel in the freezing water of Thingvellir
Our tour includes the stunning Gullfoss waterfall, the temperamental geysers in the appropriately named Geysir geothermal area, and the historic Thingvellir National Park, where American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly shifting apart.
But the proximity to Reykjavik and South Iceland's popular Golden Circle tourist route (covering national park Thingvellir, waterfall Gullfoss and the geyser field at Haukadalur) was also a key factor.