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Thingvellir National Park

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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Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, null
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Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 655 Reviews

Hungry for adventure? Journey into the depths of a dormant volcano on this exhilarating 5-hour expedition from Reykjavik. After a hike through the lava fields ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $371.84
Snorkeling Silfra Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Snorkeling Silfra Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 54 Reviews

Enjoy this day trip from Reykjavik to Thingvellir National Park and experience snorkelling between two continental plates - the North American and Eurasian in ...  Read more

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

From USD $268.00
Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Spa Day Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle and Fontana Geothermal Spa Day Trip from Reykjavik

This amazing day tour takes you around the Golden Circle to see three of Iceland’s most famous highlights; the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and ...  Read more

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

From USD $105.00
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

The most iconic historical and natural attractions of Iceland : The Golden Circle combined with the chase of the fascinating natural phenomenon of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $204.80
Golden Circle Super Jeep adventure with snowmobiling, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle Super Jeep adventure with snowmobiling

Super jeep and Snowmobile adventure on the most popular route in Iceland. The Golden Circle includes Thingvellir national park, Geysir and Gullfoss. To add on ...  Read more

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

From USD $397.01
Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik by Jeep, Reykjavik, Ski & Snow
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Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik by Jeep

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 42 Reviews

This private full-day tour takes place on the most popular in Iceland routes and will allow a convenient way for you visit some of unique landmarks which are ...  Read more

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

From USD $154.46
Wonders of Iceland: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Wonders of Iceland: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

One of the most popular tours in Iceland due to the number of experiences you can enjoy all in one day, the Golden Circle and Snowmobile adventure comes highly ...  Read more

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

From USD $618.63
Golden Circle and Off-Road Buggy Experience from Reykjavík, Reykjavik, Ski & Snow
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Golden Circle and Off-Road Buggy Experience from Reykjavík

This tour is the Golden Circle tour plus an added extra. You will get to visit all the iconic tourist spots in Iceland including the Þingvellir national ...  Read more

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

From USD $600.17
Snorkelling at Silfra in Crystal Clear Water between Two Tectonic Plates, Reykjavik, 4WD, ATV & ... 
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Snorkelling at Silfra in Crystal Clear Water between Two Tectonic Plates

3 star rating: Worth doing 12 Reviews

Snorkelling in Iceland is special for more reasons than one. Firstly, Silfra is unique in that it is the only location in the world where you can dive in ...  Read more

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

From USD $302.06
Golden Circle Evening Express Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Snorkeling
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Golden Circle Evening Express Tour from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

This tour allows you to experience an erupting geyser, a spectacular waterfall and a gorgeous National Park, all within the space of a few hours. On this ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00

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