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First Thursday walk in Thingvellir

By Iceland Review

The summer’s first guided evening walk in Thingvellir took place last night and is offered to visitors every Thursday. Historian Helgi Skúli Kjartansson told walkers about when King Frederick VIII of Denmark visited the national park in 1907.

Kjartansson described the King’s visit as an important milestone in the relations between Iceland and Denmark and compared it to other major celebrations held at Thingvellir, Morgunbladid reports.

Wrestlers Jóhannes Sveinbjörnsson, a triple king of wrestling, and Stefán Geirsson, who earned the second place in the last national tournament, demonstrated Icelandic wrestling to visitors by imitating the wrestling match held to honor King Frederick VIII one hundred years ago.

Historian Jón M. Ívarsson described the wrestling match from 1907 and the wrestlers who participated with special emphasis on the wrestling king Jóhannes Jósefsson.

The evening walks begin at 8 pm at the information center in Thingvellir every Thursday in summer and take two hours. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

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