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Before our Parliaments, before the High Courts – there were Things.

Things – from the Old Norse word þing, meaning assembly - were an early system of justice and administration.

 When the Vikings and early Norse settlers arrived in a new place they brought with them their customs and legal systems. Things were where political decisions were made, laws upheld and disputes settled. They acted as meeting places and were often the focus for trade and religious activity.

Things are found throughout the Viking world. This website explores the history and legacy of some of these fascinating sites, focusing on the Viking sea roads westwards, from Norway to Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Shetland, Orkney, the Highlands of Scotland and the Isle of Man – countries and areas which are partners in the EU Northern Periphery Programme funded THING Project.


Thing sites in Northern Europe

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law speaker at  Thingvellir

Árni Eiríkur Bergsteinsson plays the role of "Lawman" with fellow living history members from Hafnafjordur Vikings at Thingvellir national park,for Thingsitestv.

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28th April 2015 17:17

Þjóðgarðurinn á Þingvöllum / Thingvellir National Park

Það er heldur hryssingslegt veður á Þingvöllum þessa dagana en þrátt fyrir það vinna vaskir menn að yfirborðsfrágangi við salernishús og tengingu við nýju bílastæðin sem opnuð voru í fyrra. Þetta verk hófst í haust en hætti þegar að vetur konungur gekk í garð í nóvember. Það er fyrst nú að hægt er að halda áfram með framkvæmdina. Það er Suðurtak sem er aðalverktaki við framkvæmdina en verktakinn Guðlaugur Valgeirsson sér um hellulögn og frágang. Hönnun hefur verið í höndum Landslags ehf. og Glámu Kím. Despite foul and cold weather at Thingvellir these days work and construction is being carried out near the Visitor Centre at Hakid. Last summer a new parking lot was constructed but landcaping of the pedestrian access to the visitor centre wasn´t finished. The project literally got snowed in last November and first now in late April the contractor is ready to finish it.

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The THING Project has teamed up with the folk over at geocaching.com to create an official Thing Sites GeoTour.

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