Thingvellir National Park
World's First Parliament Site
My husband and I traveled around the periphery of Iceland in about 9 days this summer. This shot of the site of the world's first parliament (@ Thingvellir National Park) was taken on the first day of our trip. The Parliament or Alþingi was established at Thingvellir in 930 and the site is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The national park (Iceland's first) was founded in 1930 to protect what remained of the original parliament site and was later expanded to protect natural phenomena in the surrounding area. In the background you can also see the cracks or faults that traverse this region due to the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates. Some of the rift has very clear water and people go snorkeling in those waters (we did not).
By swati verma
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