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Logberg (Law Rock), Thingvellir

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Lögberg, or Law Rock, was a rocky outcrop in south west Iceland, at the location for the assembly of the country's Althing parliament. The original Althing was gathered at Þingvellir, an area of dramatic landscapes which was easily accessible from the populated areas of the south west.
The exact location of the Lögberg is unknown, because of the changing geography of the rift valley over 1000 years. Two possible locations have been identified in Þingvellir, one a flat ledge at the top of a slope named Hallurinn (currently marked by a flagpole), the other in the Almannagjá fault against a rock wall. A site in the Hestagjá ravine has been put forward as ideal.
The Lögberg was the place on which the Lawspeaker (lögsögumaður) took his seat as the presiding official of the assembly of the Althing. Speeches and announcements were made from the spot. Anyone attending could make their argument from the Lögberg. The gatherings were also convened and dissolved from it.
The Lögberg performed its purpose from the formation of the parliament in 930. It ceased to be used in 1262, when Iceland took allegiance to Norway.
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  • Icelanders are immensely proud of their history and the fact that the oldest Parliament in the World met at Thingvellir. Here the clan chieftains sat at a place where the echoes from the cliff edge...  more »
  • A few information boards in Icelandic and English which describe the history of the location from the earliest days of settlement in Iceland. No great evidence of that other than the information...  more »
  • It's all about the tectonic plates and the continental divide. If you are with the tours they explain the history behind this which is interesting. It's a wonderful experience being there and recollecting our social knowledge studied in childhood.
  • Spectacular rock formations at the continental divide. A real interesting place to visit.

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