Thingvellir National Park is on the World Heritage list for it’s Icelandic cultural relevance and natural significance. Thingvellir means “Parliament Plains” and was established around 930 as the place for major religious and political events. Thingvellir Park is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland. The park literally lies on top of the tectonic plates of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge as is evident in the fissures and faults of the area.
How do you get there? There are many tour buses that stop at Thingvellir National Park on the Golden Circle Tour, but we rented a car and took the tour ourselves. Driving straight from Reykjavik to Thingvellir National Park takes about 45 minutes, however, if you’re planning on seeing the park, make it worth your while and also consider stopping at Geysir and Gullfoss. Per usual, whenever driving on your own accord, add 30 – 45 minutes to your agenda for jaw dropping picture opportunities. Google Map it.
Why should you go? Within the park, visitors can camp, hike, horseback ride, dive, and experience the historical and natural wonders of Iceland. Walking along the iconic Almannagjá fault is the biggest reason to visit. The park is also large enough to drive but first consider picking up a map at the information center.
How much time should be spent there? If you’re planning on taking a quick tour of the area, give yourself an hour and a half at the park.
How much does it cost? It’s free, but costs 200kr ($2) to use the restroom at the visitor center.
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