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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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Golden Circle Express Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, null
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Golden Circle Express Tour from Reykjavik

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

The Golden Circle is a collection of Iceland's most famous natural wonders and a must-see for any visitor to Iceland. This express version of the classic ...  Read more

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

From USD $74.35
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 9 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 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 $373.89
Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Ski & Snow
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Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

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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 $377.13
Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik by Jeep, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik by Jeep

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Your day starts at 9am with hotel pickup before spending 8 hours exploring the beauty of Iceland with your guide/driver.  This private full-day tour takes ...  Read more

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

From USD $161.63
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

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

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 $84.00
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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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 $214.42
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Hot Springs Day Trip from Reykjavík, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Hot Springs Day Trip from Reykjavík

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 $105.06
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

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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 $105.00
Golden Circle Evening Express Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Golden Circle Evening Express Tour from Reykjavik

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Explore Iceland’s popular Golden Circle on this 6-hour evening express tour from Reykjavik. Make stops at the Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall and ...  Read more

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

From USD $81.00

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