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Thingvellir National Park is the first attraction we visit in our trip in Iceland. It is part of the Golden Circle, the most famous (at lease most crowded) tourist attractions in Iceland:
  • Thingvellir
  • Strokkur/Geysir Geothermal area
  • Gullfoss waterfalls

Visitors are impressed by nature and geologic side of the area, but Thingvellir had been declared Unesco heritage due to its hitorical value. Thingvellir means "assembly fields": the first Icelandic national parliament was founded here in 930, you can find more info at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thingvellir.
Let's proceed with a brief description of the main path of the area: it starts next to the information center. There are many wooden footbridges, to avoid issues with underground erosion. Just a sight to Thingvallavatn lake Thingvellir, Unesco world heritage: Thingvallavatn lake, the biggest natural lake in Iceland and then let's walk inside the ravine Thingvellir, Unesco world heritage: inside the ravine! Is is so smooth and regular that cars were allowed to pass on it until 1967. The path turn right toward the lake Thingvallavatn Thingvellir, Unesco world heritage: lake Thingvallavatn, the church Thingvellir, Unesco world heritage: the church and the small graveyard Thingvellir, Unesco world heritage: small graveyard. Now we can proceed to the rift, (very impressive! Thingvellir, Unesco world heritage: very impressive!) until we get the Oxararfoss fall Thingvellir, Unesco world heritage: Oxararfoss fall, a nice waterfall but not so impressive compared to other falls we'll see.

From now on, the path comes back following the rift. We point out some pahoehoe lava fields Thingvellir, Unesco world heritage: some pahoehoe lava fields (typical sign of effusive activity on divergent earth plates) on our way back to the car park.


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