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Approximately 8 Hours
Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir is the National Park where the Althing, an open-air assembly representing the whole of Iceland, was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798. Over two weeks a year, the assembly set laws - seen as a covenant between free men - and settled disputes. The Althing has deep historical and symbolic associations for the people of Iceland. The property includes the Þingvellir National Park and the remains of the Althing itself: fragments of around 50 booths built from turf and stone. Remains from the 10th century are thought to be buried underground. The site also includes remains of agricultural use from the 18th and 19th centuries. The park shows evidence of the way the landscape was husbanded over 1,000 years.
See Reykjavík's big three -- Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir -- collectively known as the Golden Circle.
Travel across the Mosfellsheidi heath by coach towards Thingvellir National Park. Walk through the Almannagjá geological fault to the place where Europe's oldest national legislative assembly, the Icelandic Althing, was established in AD 930. It convened here in naturally grandiose surroundings every summer for nearly eight centuries.
Nearby, Gullfoss is reputedly the country's most beautiful waterfall. The volume of water passing over the falls is quite staggering.
A short journey brings you to Haukadalur and the Geysir geothermal area. Here, you'll find numerous hot springs. The Strokkur geyser is the most active. Spouting abruptly every few minutes, it tends to simultaneously startle and thrill rapt observers.
A buffet lunch is served at a local restaurant.
Returning through the Grímsnes region you'll pass through Hveragerdi -- a town known for its greenhouses heated by natural geothermal activity.
Pass through Reykjavík by motorcoach en route back to the pier.
Please note: Participants must negotiate stairs and/or uneven surfaces. It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing in order to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion. Outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Bring gloves, a warm hat and a scarf. Wear comfortable non-skid walking shoes. The guide will walk with the group through the Almannagja Rift as the coach picks you up at a different point from the drop-off. Guests who do not wish to walk with the guide through the rift are responsible for locating the coach and reboarding it on time.