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Þingvellir is a place in Bláskógarbyggð in southwestern Iceland, near the peninsula of Reykjanes and the Hengill volcanic area.

 

Þingvellir National Park was founded in 1930 to protect the remains of the parliament site and was later expanded to protect natural phenomena in the surrounding area. Þingvellir National Park was the first national park in Iceland and was decreed "a protected national shrine for all Icelanders, the perpetual property of the Icelandic nation under the preservation of parliament, never to be sold or mortgaged.

Parliament or Alþingi was established at Þingvellir in 930 and remained there until 1789.

 

Þingvellir is the site of a rift valley and home to Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.

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Taken on July 16, 2009