Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir National Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Iceland's first national park is not just a great spot for outdoor lovers but also history buffs—it's one of the top highlights along the Golden Circle and also where Iceland's parliament was formed back in 930 A.D. The park sits atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that separates the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. You can go on a snorkeling or diving tour in the crystal-clear waters of the Silfra rift—the only place in the world where you can swim between two continents. The best time to visit is during summer when the weather is mild and the days are longer. – Tripadvisor
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  • lithlith
    878 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thingvellir National Park - Great Scenery!
    This park has so much to offer! It's only limitations are how much you personally want to walk and explore. There is great scenery throughout, walking paths, rock formations, waterfalls, etc. The visitor's center has food and shopping, as well as free bathrooms. There is a fee for parking that you pay at a self-kiosk in the parking lot.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Di3MN
    Hastings, Minnesota45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    The views were amazing and beautiful! I took lots of photos. You do need at least an hour and a half I'd say minimum. I would have liked 2 hours to spend here, but we were a bit rushed. It is worth seeing and experiencing this.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Alex W
    Richmond Hill, Canada98 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    General visit
    It is our first starting point on the ring road tour. Weather was good so there are quite a number of tourists and vistors. The parkings adequate to accommodate everybody. Then there is the visitor center and a number of toilets available. The views down to the lower plain was interesting as it was formed by the north american plate colliding with the european plate. The cracks and fissures form also allows snorkel diving in one particular spot however there is a long line of divers waiting for their turn.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 17 July 2023
  • dbinhou7511
    Houston, Texas1,615 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History, geology, and beauty
    Beautiful place (even the weather isn't great). This is an important place both from history (the original Icelandic Parliament meeting place, the oldest parliament in the world) and geology (part of the spreading center between Europe and North America). Natural beauty as well.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 29 July 2023
  • R K
    60 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great historical and geological site
    It was an easy walk, even if you are not fit. The view is stunning and there are lots of information boards. Still, it is good to read some of the historic background before you go to really appreciate the site. Parking immediately next to the site, but you have to pay for it. The site itself is free. We were warned for throngs, but even though it was high season, it was not that bad. We were early, though.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • ruthandvern
    Wilton, California16,033 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant history and geology
    This was our final stop on the Golden Circle tour. The clear separation of the Eurasian plate from the North American plate is dramatic. The ever-growing rift valley is awesome to see. Add to that the historic significance to Iceland for the location of the first parliament and seat of cultural events, this was a Must See!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Avux99
    Cheshire, United Kingdom1,734 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thingvellir National Park
    Nice stop off on the Golden Circle, not the best one imo but if you are doing this first as most seem to, it makes for a nice gentle introduction to Iceland’s major sights. I did the three mile hike around the main points of interest finishing with the Oxarafoss waterfall, which again, whilst nice by most people’s standards, isn’t the best that Iceland has to offer. In summary, worth stopping at if you are passing, which you will be doing if you are touring the Golden Circle. Also, you can park at the Vallakrokur car park at the other end of the park from the visitor centre for free.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 September 2023
  • jgold10529
    Portland, Oregon408 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cool Geology
    This is a cool place, especially for the geoplogy buffs as you can see where the tectonic plates are being lifted up as you are at the continental rift. Also a ton of history as the birth of the country was literally there. There is a nice 1 -1.5hr walking loop all around the main area which is nice and worth it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Hgtravl
    Marlton, New Jersey2,824 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Þingvellir National Park was our first stop on our vacation. It was a perfect warm up for the week of countless nature spots and hiking! This is a easy park to hike. Nothing crazy. Lots of open vast nature scenes. We enjoyed the small waterfall and the rock wall you can walk down into. The park itself was very busy but the trails are wide open for big crowds. Cute little gift shop at the top.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • rockobello
    401 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most touristical spot in all of Iceland
    The park can be done in an hour+ as everything is a stone step away from the parking lot. There is the viking made waterfall and you can do the Dead Men walking trek. Nice stuff to see but can get pretty touristical with all the people hanging around. It is the 1st stop when hitting east from the capital so will give you an idea of what is in store for rest of your trip cuz it gets better
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 October 2023
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Faithfultraveler
Halifax, Canada2,122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Þingvellir anglicised as Thingvellir was the site of the Alþing, the annual parliament of Iceland from the year 930 until the last session held at Þingvellir in 1798 (see in pics).

Þingvellir is now a national park in the municipality of Bláskógabyggð in southwestern Iceland, about 40 km (25 miles) northeast of Iceland's capital, Reykjavík. 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.

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.

Also, see pics of our drive just before arriving and heading out to the next site on the Golden Circle route.
Written 22 June 2024
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Katjamir
Espoo, Finland86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
If I only could rate this with 6 stars, I would. This place is amazing!! Visited here in the autumn and did not realize how amazing all the colours of autumn would be! In the national park they really poped out! So extreamly beautiful! The geology did blow me away too. So glad we rented a car to get around so we could explore the park for as long as we liked. This is really precious and something to cherish.
Written 9 June 2024
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Jen M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
What a gorgeous park in Iceland. This is a must see. It’s just perfect for families, or solo like me. Couples (could be romantic). I would not leave Iceland until you see this national park!
Written 5 June 2024
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hallidayny
New York City, New York140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Awesome experience. Clear cold water. Felt close to the Earth and the majesty of creation. Was scared but I am glad I did it. Could see into a true abyss. We had a lovely excursion. Really memorable.
Written 20 April 2024
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Jane B
Guildford, UK437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Another must see really, walking between the huge columns between the American & Eurasian tectonic plates is quite something. Bought a lovely Christmas decoration in the gift shop. There's a nice small waterfall at the end near the bottom car park.
Written 10 April 2024
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shell
Barwell, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Me and my family came here in January and wow, what a view and it was just amazing walking in between the tectonic plates. Very surreal moment. The history is just incredible. A must see and we thoroughly enjoyed coming here. Totally recommend.
Written 4 April 2024
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA1,475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
One of the main reasons to visit Iceland is to explore the natural beauty of our planet. A visit to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) will take you on such a journey. Thingvellir National Park is the place to go when you desire to disconnect from a fast paced world of internet and social media. A visit to the National Park allows one to simply enjoy the beauty and awe of nature. Thingvellir has an excellent visitor center that allows you to learn about the park’s history and some of the prominent people who have visited.
In addition, Thingvellir is the only park in which one can see Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet on land. Also, if you are a diver don’t miss an opportunity to dive between plates at the Silfra Fissure. It is said that here you will find some of the clearest water in the world. There is also a snorkeling opportunity however, you must be prepared to wear a dry suit and you must be a swimmer. If you cannot experience these two activities no need to worry because the park is immensely beautiful on land as well. Enjoy the wonders of geology as you visit Thingvellir National Park. Once again I will say Iceland is a true bucket list destination.
Written 2 April 2024
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Lizzie49Colin
Skibbereen, Ireland81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Stunning views and walks, beautiful waterfall. Parking 1 has a fee ( 5 euros ) but close to visitor centre with café, toilets. Parking 2 has a fee and will bring you close to the waterfall if you are short in time. Parking 3 ( my favourite) discovered by accident. No fees, will bring you on a small passage that will lead you straight to the waterfall. Only thing wear hiking shoes as the ground is snowy and icy but that way is quieter and fun for teenagers. Possible with small children but watch out for icy patches. Also beware of pick pockets reported recently. Watch cash and phones in your pockets.
Written 28 March 2024
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CINDYROSE720
Denver, CO1,355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
2024-March. There were lots of parking spaces.

It's a beautiful photo opportunity!

There's a little shop with souvenirs and food.

We only spent about 30 minutes here. We just hiked for a few minutes and took pictures.

There's a restroom.

Enjoy your trip 😊
Written 27 March 2024
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Alessandro Z
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
there is no information about the cost of the parking and how to park. Every parking in Iceland has a clear indication about it, but there is nothing in P1 at Thingvellir. Almost a scam, because then you receive a parking ticket with 3000 ISK fine. Shame on you
Written 27 March 2024
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