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Iceland Landmarks and National Parks

  • ?ingvellir National Park (pronounced "THING-vet-lihr") - National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. 30 to 50 km (20 - 30 mi) east of Reykjavik. Interesting for a number of reasons: Not only is it the original site of the longest running parliament in the world (the name literally means 'parliamentary fields'), it's also where the North-American and European continental shelf plates are being torn apart.

  • Vatnajokull National Park (VAT-nah-yer-CUDDLE) - Iceland's newest national park was founded on June 7th, 2008 and includes the former Skaftafell and Jokulsargljufur National Parks. Vatnajokull National Park is Europe's largest national park at 12,000 km 2 , covering about 12 percent of the surface of Iceland. The park is home to Iceland's highest mountain, Hvannadalshnukur, largest glacier, Vatnajokull, and Europe's largest waterfall in terms of volume discharge, Dettifoss.

  • Sn?fellsjokull National Park (SNY-fetls-yer-CUDDLE) - Located on the tip of the Sn?fellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland, this park is home to the ice-covered volcanic crater that was the setting for Jules Verne's book Journey to the Center of the Earth .
Source: Wikitravel.org .