Sunday, 18 January 2015

Þingvellir National Park - Guide to National Park Thingvellir

Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park has a rich history, stretching all the way back to 930. That was when the open-air assembly known as the Althing was established. The annual meeting of the assembly would run for 2 weeks, with laws made and disputes settled. The Althing ended in 1798, but its history still resonates with Icelanders today.


The remains of the Althing can still be found in the park. Around 50 booths made from turf and stone are among the remains. It is also believed that a number of artifacts from the 10th century may be buried underground. There is also evidence of agricultural work that took place in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is quite easy to see how the land was worked over the past 1,000 years.

This is a place that is of international importance, as proven by a massive amount of research that has been conducted in the area over the past few decades. Lake Þingvallavatn is one of the main attractions of this must see geological marvel.


Thingvellir Church

The church at Þingvellir is called Þingvallakirkja, and is open to visitors on a daily basis from 9am to 5pm, from the middle of May through to early September. There are other periods when it can be visited, the full details of which can be found by contacting the Information Center.

Reservations tel. (+354) 482 2660 Email: thingvellir@thingvellir.is


Camping

There are two areas of the park that welcomes campers from June 1st to September 1st.

A short 5 minute hike from the Information center is where you Leirar, while the other campground is in Vatnskot, by Lake Þingvallavatn. There are 4 campgrounds to be found in Leirar: Fagrabrekka, Syðri-Leirar, Hvannabrekka and Nyrðri-Leirar.

An old abandonded farm on the shores of the lake is home to the Vatnskot camp ground. Those looking to camp or fish in this area need to obtain permits from the Information Center before doing so. Children 13 and under can stay overnight for free. If your group is made up of 10 or more adults, you can get a 15% discount when paying the full cost of permits when reserving.

Hiking Trails

There are hiking trails to be found all over the National Park. Many of these fan out from the Althing and pass through the abandoned farms of Hrauntún, Skógarkot and Vatnskot. The remains of the latter can still be seen.

While the majority of the trails are reserved for walkers, the old bridle paths of Langistígur, Skógarkotsvegur and Nýja-Hrauntúnsgata are open to those looking to explore on horseback.


How to get to Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park is about 45 km northeast of Reykjavik, and there are a number of different roads that lead to the park.

Traveling From Reykjavik: From Reykjavik, head north on the No.1 road. Once you pass through the town of Mosfellsbær, you will then take the next exit to the right at the roundabout that leads to No. 36 to Thingvellir. This is the main road that runs into Thingvellir, and it remains open and ploughed through the majority of winter.


Information Center

The Þingvellir National Park Information Center is close to the camping grounds in Leirar. It remains open from 9 am to 5 pm, May 1st through September 30th.

The history and general information of the National Park can be found here, as can maps that clearly show all of the marked trails. Road conditions are routinely posted, as is information about other areas of interest in the National Park.


There is an excellent bookstore in the center. You will also find a cafeteria that is open daily from April 1st to October 31st, and on weekends during the winter months.

Jóhanna Rós & Kolla
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Friday, 9 January 2015

Best Apps for Iceland Travelers

Iceland was able to have approximately 900,000 visitors in 2014, which is more than double the number of people who live there. If you are planning to visit this remarkable country during 2015, you will want to make sure that you have the apps that we are discussing today to make your trip more enjoyable.

Best Apps for Iceland Travelers

112 App

This is the official app for emergency service in Iceland. With this app, you can send an SMS to Icelandic emergency services while using the GPS location before dialing 112.

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This app should be installed on your phone prior to arriving and you should use it to check in. When used properly it can make sure that you are safe and secure during your trips by allowing emergency services to have your basic information at all times.

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Iceland Travel & Tourism Guide

The Iceland Travel Guide app ensures that you know about all of the things that you need to know about the country free.

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Suggestions have come from locals, tourists, techies, artists, and photographers, to ensure that you have a great visit in the country.

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It is recommended because it allows you to plan all of the things that you want to make sure that you do while in town (Android & iOS iPhone/iPad).

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Iceland Road Guide

This app is actually based on the book Iceland Road Guide, which has been travelling with tourists for the past 40 years.

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However, the app is an improved version of the book and it includes texts, figures, photos, and maps, which makes navigating the country easier.

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Vedur

This is the best Icelandic Weather app currently on the market. It features the best radar maps, local forecasts, and weather predictions available.

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Now you can be aware of the weather at all times from your phone.

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Happy Hour

Happy Hour is your key to making sure that you get the best deals on your drinks when in Reykjavik.

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This innovative app tells you when Happy Hours takes place and it even suggests places that are the closet to your current location. Iceland alcohol can be expensive, so if you enjoy having cold Icelandic beers you will want this app to be your best friend.

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Kolla, Iceland24
© 2015 Iceland24, January 2015