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Iceland > Pictures and travelogues > Thingvellir and Jökulsárgljúfur National Parks

Pictures from national parks in Iceland: Thingvellir National Park and Jökulsárgljúfur National Park.

Thingvellir National Park in Iceland
Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park in Iceland.

Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance. It is a place where the North American tectonic plate meets the Eurasian plate. It is home to a rift valley and the largest natural lake (Þingvallavatn) in Iceland. The National Parliament (Althing) was established at Þingvellir in 930 and remained there until 1789 so that most major events in the history of Iceland are related to Þingvellir. Iceland was the first democratic country in Europe. 

Þingvellir National Park was founded in 1930 to protect the remains of the parliament site and the natural attractions of the area. It was the first national park in Iceland. It is now one of the most frequently visited tourist sites in Iceland. It is located in Bláskógabyggð in southwestern Iceland, about 50km away from Reykjavik. It is also a world heritage site (UNESCO).

Jökulsárgljúfur National, Iceland 
Asbyrgi canyon in the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, Iceland.

The Jökulsárgljúfur National has been a part of the larger Vatnajökull National Park since 2008. It is located in the north of Iceland. Chaotic canyons and volcanic mountains feature the park. 

Ásbyrgi is a 3.5 km long canyon with cliffs up to 100 metres in height. It lies in the North of the park, about two hours' drive to the east from Akureyri.

The well-known Dettifoss waterfall (see pictureis also located in the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park.

There is a third National Park in Iceland: Snæfellsjökull with a 1446 m high stratovolcano and the glacier covering its summit.


 

Links

Dirk Wuyts, the author of the pictures above
Find here the web site of Dirk Wuyts, the author of the pictures above. It contains many pictures from his trips to various countries in the world, mainly scuba diving holidays with ADC scuba Diving Antwerpen. Site in Dutch.

See also

Iceland > Pictures and travelogues > Landmannalaugar in Iceland
Iceland > Pictures and travelogues > Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and Hvitserkur sea stack

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