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  • MarcSantaCruz
    Kensington, California266 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful waterfall in national park
    This is a smaller but still beautiful waterfall in Thingvellir National Park. It's a short walk from the lower parking lot, though there are some rock steps. It is worth the time to see if you are in the national park.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 October 2023
  • Bandit-One
    Lucerne, Switzerland10,043 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful waterfall
    If you started at the visitor center at the southern carpark, then you will walk along the American-Eurasian tectonic plates gap for about half a mile. An easy, flat but very rewarding and beautiful walk with wonderful landscape, views and rock formation. A reason why it was chosen for some scenes of "Game Of Thrones". At the northern end you will find Öxarárfoss. Not the biggest, but one of the most beautiful falls here in southern Iceland. With the "wall", the river and the lighting it makes it look really magical. Like out of a fairytale. It's just stunning. Even though a popular spot, even though easy to reach (there's another carpark very close) it didn't feel crowded. We came in the late afternoon when many folks already left and when the lighting with the setting sun made it just a perfect scene. The park is a UNESCO heritage site that holds many historical claims. þingvellir means “Parliamentary Plains,” and as the name suggests, the location was the stage for the earliest Icelandic assemblies. The man-made waterfall was created by early Icelanders to create a water source for horses attending the early parliament assemblies. So it's not just a place of beauty, but of historically importance. Definitely a must-see.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 November 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful falls at Thingvellir NP
    Very easy to access by car, parking (payable) almost in front of them. From parking there's a wooden path (with some steps) up to them. You can proceed along that path to the right entering the gorge, and further hike where you'll see the splitting American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 November 2023
  • Monica B
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Waterfall
    We were actually headed to Pingvallakirkja but i detoured down this road and unknowingly stumbled upon an opening for parking and saw people walking up a trail— which then led to the waterfall…the trail, steps and hike aren’t bad, less than a mile. About a handful of people at a time but we went after 5pm so not overly crowded at all. A little misty from afar and not too cold. Beautiful site! And def worth stumbling upon but it’s en route of the golden circle! See for yourself :)
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 June 2024
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Monica B
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
We were actually headed to Pingvallakirkja but i detoured down this road and unknowingly stumbled upon an opening for parking and saw people walking up a trail— which then led to the waterfall…the trail, steps and hike aren’t bad, less than a mile. About a handful of people at a time but we went after 5pm so not overly crowded at all. A little misty from afar and not too cold. Beautiful site! And def worth stumbling upon but it’s en route of the golden circle! See for yourself :)
Written 1 June 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Very easy to access by car, parking (payable) almost in front of them. From parking there's a wooden path (with some steps) up to them.
You can proceed along that path to the right entering the gorge, and further hike where you'll see the splitting American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
Written 23 November 2023
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland10,043 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
If you started at the visitor center at the southern carpark, then you will walk along the American-Eurasian tectonic plates gap for about half a mile. An easy, flat but very rewarding and beautiful walk with wonderful landscape, views and rock formation. A reason why it was chosen for some scenes of "Game Of Thrones".
At the northern end you will find Öxarárfoss. Not the biggest, but one of the most beautiful falls here in southern Iceland. With the "wall", the river and the lighting it makes it look really magical. Like out of a fairytale. It's just stunning.

Even though a popular spot, even though easy to reach (there's another carpark very close) it didn't feel crowded. We came in the late afternoon when many folks already left and when the lighting with the setting sun made it just a perfect scene.

The park is a UNESCO heritage site that holds many historical claims. þingvellir means “Parliamentary Plains,” and as the name suggests, the location was the stage for the earliest Icelandic assemblies. The man-made waterfall was created by early Icelanders to create a water source for horses attending the early parliament assemblies.

So it's not just a place of beauty, but of historically importance. Definitely a must-see.
Written 23 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nadina P
New York City, NY526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Friends
I didn't know about this waterfall--I stumbled upon in on my Golden Circle tour, and I couldn't be more pleased. This and Seljalandsfoss ended up being my two favorite falls, even above Gulfoss. It's also very accessible; there's a wooden path to get to it, and I saw people walking around in fashion boots and sneakers. Definitely go see this if you can!
Written 6 November 2023
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MarcSantaCruz
Kensington, CA266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is a smaller but still beautiful waterfall in Thingvellir National Park. It's a short walk from the lower parking lot, though there are some rock steps. It is worth the time to see if you are in the national park.
Written 12 October 2023
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Aina H
Levanger, Norway202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A nice little waterfall in a amazing place. Easy access from the place you park your car. They have build a path to walk on all the way to the waterfall, very shirt distanse.
Written 3 October 2023
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Sarah M
Kentucky283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Really pretty water fall, doesn’t have the height of other Iceland falls, but encountered very few people along the walk. If your already going to Thingvellir National Park then add this to your to do list,
Written 26 August 2023
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lithlith
Michigan878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
This is a lovely waterfall to visit in the Thingvellir National Park. The distance to get to it depends on where you park in the national park. While it's not a super large waterfall, it is still nice and you can get some great photos as it's not overly crowded with people like some of the other major waterfalls in Iceland.
Written 16 July 2023
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Sharlene
Cheshire, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
Oxararfoss is a lovely waterfall and situated in pingvellir national park it is a easy 15 minute walk from the car park if you park at the main oxararfoss waterfall car park.
This was our first stop and wow!
Written 2 July 2023
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dan j
Port Coquitlam, Canada810 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
This is a little introductory waterfall to get you ready for what is to come once you get to Gullfoss, a little appetiser if you will. Easy walk up to the falls.
Written 16 June 2023
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