The vikings of Iceland



My first card from Iceland came from Arnold who was on a trip there. ­čÖé

It pictures a viking festival at┬áAlmannagj├í,┬á├×ingvellir (how do I read this?! :D).┬á├×ingvellir ┬áis a place in Bl├ísk├│gabygg├░ in southwestern Iceland, near the peninsula of Reykjanes and the Hengill volcanic area. ├×ingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. It is also home to ├×ingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.

Parliament or Al├żingi was established at ├×ingvellir in 930 and remained there until 1798. ├×ingvellir National Park was founded in 1930 to protect the remains of the parliament site and was later expanded to protect natural phenomena in the surrounding area. ├×ingvellir National Park was the first national park in Iceland and was decreed “a protected national shrine for all Icelanders, the perpetual property of the Icelandic nation under the preservation of parliament, never to be sold or mortgaged.”┬á├×ingvellir is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.