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Iceland’s historical open air assembly, Alpingi, is situated in its national park, Thingvellir. This was established back in the year 930 and was utilized until 1798. It’s located alongside Iceland’s largest lake, Pingvallavatn. Some of the assembly’s functions to name were setting laws, settling disputes and easing out freemen of the country. Even today Alpingi holds great significance for Icelanders.
The land now consists of remains of the building, about 50 booths made up of stone and turf and numerous remains from the 10th 18th and 19th centuries are buried deep down in the Earth. The scraps left behind serve as proof regarding how the park was maintained back when it was alive and functioning.
Þingvellir is located right above the Mid Atlantic Ridge where the European and North American plates seem to be in continuous motion. This is the reason why people also call it the lava field which is yet another reason why tourists should visit this wondrous place.
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In 1891, a suspension bridge was constructed over the river, Olfus. Olfusa is one the largest river in Iceland. This was the beginning of establishing a new town Selfoss. In 1944, this bridge got disintegrated and a new one was build up soon after the incident. With the advent of co-operative shops and dairy business, the town started flourishing in 1930. Selfoss was given its municipal rights in 1978.
It is often called as the capital of southern Iceland. Main occupations of this town include agriculture, small-scale business and tourism. The beauty of Selfoss makes it an attractive place for tourist. It has the capability to provide all the necessities to tourists. People around the world keep on visiting this place the whole year. Selfoss is 57km away from the capital of the country.
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Graphic showing average weather in Thingvellir National Park in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)
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