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Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is an enormous geologic rift between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. The rift has created the scenery, including Iceland's biggest lake "Þingvallavatn" (Thingvallavatn). It is situated about 40 kilometres east of Reykjavik. The area is a nationalpark and an Unesco world heritage site.

Þingvellir and lake Þingvallavatn are surrounded by four active volcano systems, the Hengill, Hrómundartindur, Hrafnabjörg and Prestahnjúkur.

 


The stamps are showing the view from Drekkingarhylur (Drowning pool) towards Þingvellir, looking south across the lake Þingvallavatn. The mountain range in the background is the Grafningsfjöll.

Iceland 1947. The lake Þingvallavatn.
Flying boat Saro Lerwick over the lake Þingvallavatn.

The stamp shows the Lake Þiingvallavatn from the southwest towards the northeast.

Mt. Skjaldbreidur is an extinct shieldvolcano. One of the most well known of its kind in Iceland. It is a clear landmark and easy to know on pictures due to it´s symmetrical shape.

 

Mt. Hrafnabjorg is a well known table mountain just on the east of the main assembly site at Thingvellir.

The cracks and faults around the lake Þingvallavatn, of which the famous Almannagjá canyon is the largest, are where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. The only outflow from lake Þingvallavatn is the Sog River. 

Iceland 1949, Þingvellir, Allmannagjá canyon.
In the Allmannagjá canyon you can find the waterfall Öxarárfoss

 

Iceland 2013, "A ravine in the lavafield at Þingvellir".
Painting of Eggert Laxdal
The stamp was issued in the series "Icelandic Visual Arts IV". 

 

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