Rain doesn't deter tourists from visiting Þingvellir

Tourists at Öxarárfoss at Þingvellir.

Tourists at Öxarárfoss at Þingvellir. Mbl.is/ Eggert Jóhannesson

Þingvellir, the historic site of Europe's first parliament, or althing, is also one of the most magnificent areas of natural beauty in Iceland. Thousands of tourists visit Þingvellir every year. 

It's also the place where the tectonic plates of North American and Eurasian tectonic plates come together in a unique way, which you can also see by the numerous crevasses that form the landscape. 

No single place epitomizes the history of Iceland and the Icelandic nation better than Þingvellir by the river Öxará. At Þingvellir - literally "Parliament Plains" - the Alþing general assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. Major events in the history of Iceland have taken place at Þingvellir and therefore the place is held in high esteem by all Icelanders.

Today Þingvellir is a protected national shrine. 

The weather, however, was not so fantastic yesterday when Morgunblaðið photographer Eggert Jóhannesson passed by. These patient tourists were happy to stand in line in the rain to pay for their parking. 

Tourists waiting in the line for the parking meter.

Tourists waiting in the line for the parking meter. mbl.is/Eggert Jóhannesson

Eggert Jóhannesson

Tourists walking in Almannagjá, a famous crevasse.

Tourists walking in Almannagjá, a famous crevasse. Eggert Jóhannesson

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Exchange rates

USD USD 106.65 EUR EUR 124.20
GBP GBP 139.04 DKK DKK 16.67
NOK NOK 12.95 SEK SEK 11.97
CHF CHF 106.80 JPY JPY 0.95
ISK price of selected currencies, according to the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Iceland. Updated daily.