Þingvellir

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Þingvellir (Icelandic: [ˈθiŋkˌvɛtlɪr̥] (About this soundlisten), anglicised as Thingvellir[Note 1]) was the site of the Alþiing, the annual parliament of Iceland from 930AD until the last session held at Þingvellir in 1798AD. Since 1881, the parliament has been located within Alþingishúsið in Reykjavik.
Þingvellir is now a national park in the municipality of Bláskógabyggð in southwestern Iceland, about 40 km northeast of Iceland's capital, Reykjavík. Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological significance, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. The park lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. To its south lies Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.

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