Thingvellir National Park

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Thingvellir National Park
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Located 50 km east of Reykjavik, this is Iceland's most historic site and one of its most scenic landscapes.
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates5,263 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is a stunning national park.

We paid a small amount to park - 750 krona - and then walked about 4 kilometres or so around a spectacular gorge, waterfall and canyon before stopping for a coffee and great lookout over Iceland’s largest lake.

There was also a stunning small church and clear river running once on lower ground.

Well worth a visit…
Written July 2, 2021
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bskramer
The Villages, FL343 contributions
May 2022
Of all the places on our scheduled itinerary of Iceland, Þingvellir National Park was at the top of my list. As a teacher of social studies and geology for 36 years, I was excited to see a famous rift valley that I had talked about many times with students. Þingvellir National Park is well known as a place where you can clearly see the continental drift between the Eurasian and North American continental plates. On the day we visited the park as part of a tour of the Golden Circle, there was a light misty rain falling. It did not interfere with our visit, but visibility was not as clear as I had hoped. Nonetheless, it was exciting to see the cracks and faults of the continental plates. We approached the park from the Eurasian side and then drove down into the rift valley. A short distance later we ascended the North American plate. The lake Þingvallavatn dominates much of the rift valley. Our major stop was the Þingvellir Tourist Information Centre. From this location, there were great viewpoints from the North American side of the valley. At the Centre there were a number of trails that could be walked between faults and escarpments. It was very exciting and scenic. Fortunately, by the time we reached the Information Centre the weather had cleared. Overall, we spent an hour here, but we could have used more time. One item we missed was the famous Almannagjá fault. It is located near the Information Centre, but was too far for us to walk in the limited time we had available. There were restrooms, food, and souvenirs at the Information Centre. This is also a must-see stop on a tour of the Golden Circle simply because it is such a unique, scenic area of great geological importance.
Written May 31, 2022
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terrythy
Bristol, UK238 contributions
Mar 2020
At the upper car park approaching from the West, there's a great view point, a visitor centre, toilets, a small cafeteria and a souvenir shop ... But this car park is using plate recognition technology to force anyone entering to pay £5 just to use the toilet!

While at the other entrance coming from the East, the car parks and camp areas and the Thingvallakirkja church are all free to park at, but while they have no facilities, they have free access to the gorge via stairs and bridges between the two plates.

So, here's my review:

Apart from the novelty value of walking between two tectonic plates and being able to technically cross between North America and Europe on foot in a few seconds, the main reason the tour busses stop here is fundamentally underwhelming compared to the National Park itself.

The area is gorgeously grand, imposing and beautiful - The lake is worth every glance and can be circumnavigated with multiple viewpoints. In my book, the entire area earns the title of "National Park" and the quite uninteresting geological cleft in the rock at its centre is only worth the hour it takes to walk along.
Written March 7, 2020
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JamieJW
Quakertown, PA2,007 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Þingvellir is a Icelandic national park about 40 km northeast of Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik. The drive from Reykjavik to the park is a pleasant drive with amazing scenery.

Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological significance, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. The park lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. To its south lies Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.

Þingvellir National Park was founded in 1930, marking the 1000th anniversary of the Althing. The park was later expanded to protect the diverse and natural phenomena in the surrounding area, and was designated as a World Heritage Site in 2004.

The views over looking the valley and lake are spectacular. There is no charge to enter the area or trails and the parking is free. Worth the trip outside Reykjavik for the day.

Written August 8, 2021
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Victor K
Hong Kong, China448 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This is perhaps the best place in the world to observe the demarcation of two tectonic plates, namely Northern American Plate and the Eurasian Plate. We parked our car at the Thingvellir National Park Visitor Centre. Pay about 900 ISK for the parking which is good for parking in any carpark of the national park for that day. Clean and large WC is provided here and fee is included in the parking. No other entrance fee is needed. Get a map from the visiting centre. At the observation terrace outside, you can observe the elevated stone wall behind which represents the American Plate and the other side of the lake in front which is about 7 km away which represents the Eurasian Plate. We walked from here to Oxararfoss in about 25 minutes and then went down to the Silfra snorkeling point where we saw snorkellers finishing off the cold pond. Snorkelling is allowed only for people participated in registered tours. From here we proceeded back to the Visitor Centre. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for this.
Written May 18, 2022
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Nimmy37
Chester, UK239 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
The final stop on the golden circle tour and very interesting as not only does it house Iceland’s largest lake but also where two tectonic plates have separated. The views are amazing and a lovely end to a perfect excursion. There is a cafe and gift shop and toilet facilities should you need them. Wrap up warm in the winter months as it is a windy place which made it bitterly cold.
Written January 29, 2022
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NomadicTraveller7
Fuerteventura9,860 contributions
Jun 2021
This may be the first place that you will visit after you arrive in Iceland and it is unlike most of the sights and places, such as waterfalls and glaciers that you will visit. For a start, it is the most historically significant place in Iceland, being the place where Iceland’s clan chiefs from all over Iceland gathered in 930 to decide how Ireland should be united and governed.

What makes it different from the glaciers, waterfalls and mountains is that it is where the North American and Eurasian continental plates are physically moving apart creating a 40-metre fissure lined with volcanic basalt columns, while extending for more than 15 kms.

This geological phenomenon can be immediately seen from the magnificent lookout close to the Visitor Centre. The lookout sits on the edge of the North American plate. Below is where Iceland’s first parliament met. It is worth continuing down through the boardwalk and gravel path to walk in the middle of the fissure. Continue on for more than a kilometre to the path and climb to Oxarfoss, a 20-metre-high waterfall. Allow at least an hour, perhaps 1 ½ hours for your visit. Note that as some have said, this attraction may be a bit underwhelming at the end of an Iceland trip rather than at the beginning.
Written August 15, 2021
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Travel_Addict_Cyprus
Michigan984 contributions
Jun 2019
We visited Þingvellir National Park on the day that we did the rest of the Golden Circle sites (Gullfoss, Geysir, Kerid Crater) and Bruarfoss. As one of the Golden Circle attractions, it can be crowded, but still very much worth visiting.
Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage site of historical, cultural and geological importance. Walk down the Almannagjá gorge to the small but pretty Öxaráfoss waterfall. You can also walk to the Þingvellir Church and Lake Thingvallavatn.
(Tip: vatn=lake foss=waterfall)
We enjoyed our visit to Þingvellir National Park and I recommend it! Numerous spots for photos.
Plan at least 2 hrs here, but you can spend more if you have the time.
Written February 19, 2020
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atravelingvegan
Provo, UT241 contributions
Sep 2021
First of all, keep in mind there is a fee per car that you pay inside the restroom/visitor's center here. It's digital machine, you'll need your car license plate to pay. It's a nice visitor's center with restrooms (no other fee to use them other than entrance fee). There are a few pathways you can take here to view the beauty of Thingvellir, with the uniqueness of the water cutting through two tectonic plates. I hear you can snorkel between them, though I didn't partake. The pathways are fairly smooth, but can be full of puddles if it's recently rained. A few of the side paths have small inclines with rocky steps, so do be cautious there. If you're taking the "golden circle" route, definitely stop at Thingvellir and check out its beauty!
Written September 29, 2021
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Owen Thesaints
Kent613 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We parked just before car park 2, thus avoiding having to pay. From here it was an easy climb to view the Oxarfoss waterfall, a reasonably forceful waterfall with water plunging some 20 metres. The climb to see a view point just before car park 3 was over more rugged terrain than the rest of the paths, which were either crushed cinder or wooden boardwalks. The walk through the chasm along the tectonic plate boundary was interesting, with impressive rock walls on both sides. There were plenty of interpretative panels throughout the site which explained its history in considerable detail, including the ‘law rock’ - the supposed position of the first Icelandic parliament. Good views could be had from the viewing platform beside the cafe - we could gain a perspective of the extent of the park. It was a gentle stroll back to the car along broad board walks, crossing numerous bridges.
Written June 13, 2022
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