Thingvellir Travel Guide

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Thingvellir Overview

Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is the National Park where the Alpingi - an open-air assembly, which represented the whole of Iceland - was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798, locaked on the banks of the lake Pingvallavatn (the largest lake in iceland). Over two weeks a year, the assembly set laws - seen as a covenant between free men - and settled disputes. The Alpingi has deep historical and symbolic associations for the people of Iceland.The property includes the Þingvellir National Park and the remains of the Alpingi itself: fragments of around 50 booths built of turf and stone. Remains from the 10th century are thought to be buried underground. The site also includes remains of agricultural use from 18th and 19th centuries. The park shows evidence of the way the landscape was husbanded over 1,000 years. Þingvellir is considered a large lava field in Iceland, situated right on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the European and North American plates are moving apart. Truly a place worth seeing.

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