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Touching Two Continents at Thingvellir National Park

Steaming geysers, soaring volcanoes, vast sweeping landscapes

In a place so widely celebrated for its beauty, how do you know where to begin?

First, you ask the locals. And Thingvellir National Park, the place decreed in 1928 as a “national shrine for all Icelanders” is held up above all the rest as a crowning example of the unique appeal of the country’s extraordinary landscape.

Þingvellir, as it’s written in Icelandic, means “assembly field”, and it takes its name from the national parliament of Iceland, the oldest in the world, which was founded there in the 10th century. Thingvellir National Park lies northeast of the capital Reykjavík, and stretches out for nearly 36 square miles, containing glassy lakes and fast-flowing rivers, crashing white waterfalls and awe-inspiring canyons. So significant is the park to the people of Iceland that it has been likened to a church, “a pilgrimage destination.”

Hire a car in Reykjavík to drive there in under an hour, and you’ll struggle to disagree

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road in thingvellir national park