Ŝingvellir (pronounced Thingvellir) National Park has been a national park since 1930, and since 2004 UNESCO World Heritage site.
This is also one Iceland`s most important historical sites. The parliament was founded here in 930 AD, and assembled each summer until the end of the Old Commonwealth in the 13th century.
The Rift Valley is situated on the tectonic - Eurasian and North American - plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. At Ŝingvellir they break apart and the land between subsides. The drift activity is fairly constant, about 2.5 cm a year in an east-west direction. The junction of the plates is more clearly visible here than anywhere else in the world. The two plates are constantly diverging, causing fissures and gullies through the zone.
During the last glacial period, a layer of ice, more than a 1000 metres thick, covered the land. Despite the cold, there was widespread volcanic activity under the glacier. Some of these volcanic eruptions managed to melt through the glacial shield and ended in lava flows. The lava collected murky glacial run-off water south of the Ŝingvellir depression. All the water from the north drained through the lava and re- appeared below as clear spring water. Others melted only a cavity under the ice and formed palagonite mountains or long palagonite ridges.
The river Oxara flows in the eastward part of the Rift Valley into the lake Ŝingvallavatn and its underground water network extends as far as Langjökull glacier. It has beautiful deep blue water and large brown trout can still be seen during the autumn spawning season.
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mohammad_H (6600) 2012-04-27 0:18
Eye-catching and pleasant plain covered with snow even in the icy river. Winter. Colors of the sky and clouds adds to the beauty of the image. All detail was well documented.
Have a nice day
mkamionka (24559) 2012-04-29 0:35
very interesting effect. The composition seems simplistic yet works very efficient. I like the variety of white color tones resulting in the almost 3D effect. The river adds a lot of interest here and I believe it would be even more interesting if you would cut away the uniformly colored sky and show more of the interesting foreground.
jadir (128) 2012-05-04 19:01
bela foto,exelente captura.obrigado por compartilhar