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The stop along the Golden Circle that’s perhaps most deserving of its hype, Thingvellir is the site of the world’s first parliament, which began around the year 900. No original structures remain today, but the historic significance is still palpable as you walk through the rift valley along the glacial lake. The area’s gorge-ridden topography also provides proof that Iceland, which straddles two continental plates, is quite literally being ripped apart at the seams. Visitors can scuba dive or snorkel in the crystal-clear fissures that dot the valley, the most popular of which is Silfra.

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Thingvellir

The stop along the Golden Circle that’s perhaps most deserving of its hype, Thingvellir is the site of the world’s first parliament, which began around the year 900. No original structures remain today, but the historic significance is still palpable as you walk through the rift valley along the glacial lake. The area’s gorge-ridden topography also provides proof that Iceland, which straddles two continental plates, is quite literally being ripped apart at the seams. Visitors can scuba dive or snorkel in the crystal-clear fissures that dot the valley, the most popular of which is Silfra.