Republic of Iceland

(pronounced "THING-vet-lihr") - National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage site 30-50km (20- 30 mi) east of Reykjavík. 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.  Vatnajökull National Park (VAT- nah-yer-CUDDLE) - Iceland's newest national park was founded on 7 June 2008 and includes the former Skaftafell and Jokulsargljufur National Parks. Vatnajökull National Park is Europe's largest national park at 12,000km², covering about 12 percent of the surface of Iceland. The

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