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Walking with the vikings

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Hidden : 10/7/2006
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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It is said that the earth's circle which the human race inhabits is torn across into many bights, so that great seas run into the land from the out-ocean.






Thingvellir (Icelandic: Þingvellir. "Þing": parliament, "vellir": plains) is a place in the southwest of Iceland near the peninsula of Reykjanes and the Hengill volcanic area. It is famous for two reasons:
- As one of the most important places in Icelandic history. In the year 930 the Alþingi, one of the oldest parliamentary institutions of the world, was founded. The Alþingi met yearly, where the Lawspeaker recited the law to all of the gathered people and decided disputes as well. In the year 999 or 1000 the Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Orthodox Christianity the official religion of Iceland. After the conversion it is said that, upon returning from the Alþingi, Þorgeir then threw his statues of the old Norse gods into the waterfall that is now named Goðafoss ("Waterfall of the Gods"). At this historical place, the independence of the Republic of Iceland was proclaimed on June 17, 1944.
- As a national park (since 1928) because of the special tectonic and volcanic environment. The continental drift can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults which are traversing the region, the biggest one, Almannagjá, being a veritable canyon. This causes also the often measurable earthquakes in the area. Þingvellir is situated on the northern shore of Þingvallavatn, the biggest lake of Iceland. The river Öxará traverses the national park and is forming a waterfall at the Almannagjá, called Öxaráfoss. Together with the waterfall Gullfoss and the geysirs of Haukadalur, Þingvellir is part of the most famous sights of Iceland, the Golden Circle. Þingvellir is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The cache is plastic box. Located on the peninsula. The west side of the small forest. On the north side of the stone.The cache is easy accessible from south.

The best way to go to the cache is from the bridge over Nikulásargjá, better known as Peningagjá ("penny canyon"), as it is littered with coins at its bottom. Throw in a coin, make a wish, and watch the coin carefully; legend has it that if you can see your coin hit the bottom it will come true.

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