Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir National Park
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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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Rodders
Sunderland, UK316 contributions
Mar 2023
Geology in action, stand in awe at what you are seeing, two huge tectonic plates moving slowly apart creating this scenery and also many of Icelands earthquakes. A short walk to a frozen waterfall as a bonus.
Written 24 March 2023
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jakegerzimbke
Nottingham, UK17 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Þingvellir national park displays a breathtaking and very varied, interesting landscape with a rich depth of history to appreciate as well. If you're staying in Reykjavík or travelling nearby, definitely make sure you carve out some time to visit this captivating location where the first Icelandic parliaments once gathered in sight of sweeping volcanic plains and mighty peaks.
Written 22 March 2023
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Prabir G
Kolkata (Calcutta), India2,701 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
A. Opening Hours : Open always
B. Entry Ticket: Free entry
C. Location : 70 km from Reykjavik, about 45
                         Minutes drive. 10 minutes
                        walk from the bus stop to the
                        main view point.
D. Travel mode : Part of Golden Circle

      Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is a historic site and national park in Iceland, east of Reykjavík. It's known for the Alþing (Althing), the site of Iceland's parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries. On the site are the Þingvellir Church and the ruins of old stone shelters. The park sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates, with rocky cliffs and fissures.  Iceland is divided by the Mid-Atlantic Rift; some parts of it, such as the Westfjords and Reyjavík, are on the North American tectonic plate, while others, such as Vatnajökull glacier and the East Fjords, are on the Eurasian plate. Iceland is the only place in the world where this rift is above sea-level, and nowhere can you see the edges of both plates as clearly as in Þingvellir. 
     I visited this place on 21st Mar'23 as part of our Golden Circle tour. It was  cloudy weather, very cold and icy wind blowing at 60 km. The ground was icy. We had  to be very careful to avoid slipping on the ice. We had a good view of the geo thermal cracks . The point from where both the plates are visible will thrill any geologist.
 

                     
                       
     
Written 22 March 2023
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Michael D
North Shields, UK91 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Arrived about 9.30 and it was starting to get busy with bus tours. Information boards explain the history of the sight. Amazing views across the landscape
Written 17 March 2023
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fluffievelluto
Henlow, UK427 contributions
Mar 2023
Last stop of the day on a Golden Circle tour and left feeling annoyingly underwhelmed.

Yes we were given some history on the drive through the park, but on arrival our guide didn't give us any information on what to see in the limited time we had available. I think they just expected us to go to the viewing terrace, take a photo and then get back on the bus.

We did take a wander down through the gorge but never saw the waterfall or so many of the other beautiful and interesting aspects I now know the park contains.

So, just make sure you get enough time to fully explore.
Written 15 March 2023
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Roger P
Crewe, UK50 contributions
Mar 2023
Visited as part of Golden Circle Tour. Everywhere was frozen solid but beautiful location with panoramic views. Walking through the tectonic plates was surreal and was the site of Icelands first Viking parliament a siginificant place in the history of the Iceland.
Well worth a visit.
Written 14 March 2023
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Heli K
Lappeenranta, Finland1,497 contributions
Mar 2023
A place where Iceland's democracy begins and a birthplace to Iceland's parliament (AD 930) - the oldest ongoing parliament in the world. Also a place where Icelanders declared their independence from Denmark 1944.
A national park since 1930 and UNESCO world heritage site since 2004.
Here you can walk two continents - America and Eurasia. Place packed with history and wonders of nature. Less than an hour away from Reykjavik and part of Golden Circle route. Also one of the Game of Thrones filming sites.
Written 9 March 2023
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AimeeManny
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom77 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
Stunning place to visit, wish we had more time to explore. We went as part of a golden circle tour which was well organised. We arrived early and there were only a few people there, so we walked around with ease. Would love to go back and to see it in another season.
Written 6 March 2023
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Mdc979
Boston, MA43 contributions
Mar 2023
This is a must-see during the Golden Circle tour in Iceland. Walking between the tectonic plates and the breathtaking views gives you perspective on the age of the earth and how small you are within it. I think it was especially good for my kids to experience this. My seventh grader recently learned about tectonic plates in school, so this was great timing for him to see them in real life.

We walked through the gorge, to the law rock and the waterfall, then walked back the way we came. The path was well maintained and we didn't need any special gear (e.g., crampons) for the walk. You need to pay to park in the building that houses the WCs. Also, the WC has an amazing view on its own!
Written 5 March 2023
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Camulla2005
Qaqortoq, Greenland1 contribution
Mar 2023
Amazing place, without turistshops in the nearby area. There is a path to the valley which helps and by the waterfalls and walls it is just pure wild nature.
Written 1 March 2023
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