Hakid View-Point and Oxararfoss Waterfall

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Thingvellir (Þingvellir in Icelandic) National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park was established between 1928 and 1930 to protect the remains of a historical parliament site. It was later expanded to protect the area's diverse nature. At the Visitor Centre in Thingvellir, you'll find parking and an interesting and well managed walk which ends at Oxararfoss waterfall - for a great introduction to Icelandic geology. It is one of the most popular stops on the Golden Circle tourist route in Iceland There's an incredible view point known as Hakid that looks across the plains at the start of the walk. Very quickly, walkers find themselves walking through the a gorge caused by the Almannagjá fault - which marks the boundary of the Mid-Atlantic Rift. The Mid-Atlantic rift is the dividing point between the North American and Eurasian plates. The waterfall by Icelandic standards is fairly small (20m), but a great photo-opportunity. The walk is fairly gentle and should be manageable by most, and took us a couple of hours max (with a 2 year old child) round-trip. At the visitor centre, you'll also find a cafe selling drinks, snacks and tourist gifts, as well as toilet facilities (with a magnificent view!). Don't forget to pay for parking - which you can do online using your license plate.
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