Difference between revisions of "Þingvellir National Park"
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Þingvellir was the original site of the Alþingi, arguably the world's oldest parliament, founded in the year 930.
North American and Europe have been drifting apart – metaphorically – for many years. It's been happening here – literally – for ages. Iceland sits at the juncture of the North American and European continental plates, which are moving apart at a speed of a couple centimeters per year. Þingvellir straddles that fissure, and the landscape is cracked like the surface of a huge piece of brittle rubber that's being pulled in opposing directions.
Flora and fauna