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Thingvellir National Park Tours

This rocky, hilly volcanic landscape in the southwestern countryside was made Iceland’s first national park in 1928, and a UNESCO site in 2004. A deeply significant cultural site for Iceland, this is where Althing, a historic open-air assembly of Icelandic representatives, was held from 930 to 1798. Ruins remain of 50 rock-hewn attendee booths, symbols of a medieval-era Norse political practice that persisted here well into the 18th century.

Althing was Iceland’s initial version of Parliament, and reflected the governmental style of Iceland’s early Norwegian settlers. In the ancient Norse culture, individual chieftains ruled disparate geographical areas but worked collaboratively with other chieftains to create a balance of power; this collaboration required annual face-to-face gatherings of chieftains and their extended clans. These gatherings would last two weeks or more, accompanied by temporary dwellings and markets, as well as entertainment like storytelling, feasts and sports tournaments.

By the year 930, the public land of the Thingvellir region had been chosen for this purpose, as it was deemed accessible from much of the country, which is full of (then-insurmountable) obstacles like huge mountains, glaciers and wide rivers. While communal gatherings here ultimately strengthened the Icelandic culture, the power of the Althing system eroded over time, proving ineffective at keeping more influential chieftains in check. The country was folded into the kingdom of Denmark in the late 1300s, kicking off a long period of decline that included the Black Plague and other deadly diseases; Danish imposition of the Reformation and later, a crippling trade monopoly; and many violent volcanic eruptions.

Though it evolved to represent the voices of an increasingly feudal system of land ownership, the Althing continued to be held at Thingvellir until 1798, when it was moved to the growing capital of Reykjavik. Within two years, it would be dissolved by royal decree, but re-established in 1848; it was this fateful move that prompted Iceland’s eventual autonomy as a sovereign state with its own flag and government.

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Snorkeling Silfra Tour From Reykjavik, Reykjavik, null
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Snorkeling Silfra Tour From Reykjavik

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Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure is a once in a lifetime experience, you don’t want to miss. We offer daily tours where you get ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.79
Small Group Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Hot Springs Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Half-day ... 
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Small Group Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Hot Springs Tour from Reykjavik

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Combine the popular Golden Circle sightseeing tour with a relaxing trip to the phenomenal Secret Lagoon natural hot springs. Soak in the unique and natural ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.91
Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik

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The Golden Circle is the most visited and popular day trip in Iceland. It includes some of the most spectacular attractions in Iceland, including Thingvellir, ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.00
Golden Circle Express Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle Express Tour from Reykjavik

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The Golden Circle is a collection of Iceland's most famous natural wonders and a must-see for any visitor to Iceland. You will see the famous erupting geyser ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $58.64
Premium Small-Group Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Premium Small-Group Golden Circle Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Enjoy a more premium experience of the Golden Circle: With a maximum group size of 18, this tour provides a more intimate experience, more flexibility and ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.90
Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik

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This private full-day tour takes place on the popular Golden Circle of Iceland route and is a convenient way for you visit unique landmarks which are truly ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.86
Small-Group Silfra Drysuit Snorkeling Experience from Reykjavík, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Small-Group Silfra Drysuit Snorkeling Experience from Reykjavík

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Snorkel in between two continents at one of the top diving sites in the planet! Silfra is located in Iceland’s National Park, Thingvellir, and is a fissure ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 3 to 5 hrs

From USD $160.00
Small-Group Snorkeling Experience at Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park, Reykjavik, ... 
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Small-Group Snorkeling Experience at Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park

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Discover the underwater wonderland that glitters beneath the surface of Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park on this 2 hour snorkeling tour. Accompanied ...  Read more

Location: Keflavík, Iceland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.77
Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Spa Day Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Snorkeling
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Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Spa Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Journey around Iceland's famed Golden Circle on this 9-hour guided tour from Reykjavík. See three of Iceland’s natural highlights: Gullfoss waterfall, ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

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See the iconic, historical, and natural attractions of Iceland on this 10-hour tour. Travel on the Golden Circle to Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $277.21

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