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Þingvellir National Park.

On the 10th of July 2009 our beloved hotel at Thingvellir burnt to the ground :(

Þingvellir, our National Park, is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the American and Eurasian continents, making it a very special tourist attraction and for us Icelanders this is the holiest place in Iceland and one of the places we visit the most. The tectonic plates are actually visible here, in earlier days the rift where the plates meet used to be a lot more shallow, but has sunk more and more over the years and it is said that the Vikings might not even recognise Almannagjá rift anymore.

Þingvellir is the only place in the world which has been recognized by UNESCO as a cultural site connected to the Viking culture.

The oldest parliament in the world was established at Þingvellir in 930 by the Vikings and convened there until 1798. For 2 weeks every summer people from all over Iceland gathered in Þingvellir to attend Alþingi, the parliament. Now the parliament is in the center of Reykjavík.

I have added a tip on Þingvellir on my Iceland page.

Þingvellir in winter.

Öxará river runs from Öxarárfoss waterfall and is beautiful both during the winter and summer. It runs into Iceland's biggest lake, Þingvallavatn, where one can buy a licence to catch fish. There is also a camping area at Þingvellir. See my tip on Öxarárfoss for more pictures.

It is believed that between 500.000 to 600.000 people visit Þingvellir every year.

Þingvellir National Park.

Almannagjá is the biggest rift in Þingvellir, but there are rifts all over the place and there is a tradition here in Þingvellir to throw money into "Peningagjá" (peningar=money in Icelandic) and make a wish. The water in Peningagjá is VERY cold, so take care not to fall in. The water is very clear making it a beautiful sight watching the coins sink. There is a myriad of coins in the water. See my tip on Peningagjá for more pictures.

There is Diving and snorkeling in The Silfra rift at Þingvellir, the visibility is 100+ and it is said to be one of the best diving places in the world. So if you fancy diving in between the American and Eurasian continents this is the place to dive. It is the most popular diving are in Iceland and dozens of people go there diving every day. Sadly one tourist died there in June 2010.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful nature and lava formation.
  • Cons:No cons, visiting Þingvellir is always a breathtaking experience.
  • In a nutshell:Visiting Þingvellir is a must when visiting Iceland.
  • Last visit to Þingvellir: Nov 2013
  • Intro Updated Nov 26, 2013
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  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    That's a very good idea, having trees planted by visiting statesmen/women. Much better than just speeches.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Thank you dear Regina for this fascinating description and the photos. It must be a magic place, with so much history and geology!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Aug 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Thanks, Ingrid, yes, this is one of the most magical places here in Iceland in my opinion.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Nice updates here! I think it’s a great idea to have the visiting Heads of State plant a tree instead of just walking up and down in front of a line of soldiers.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Jul 28, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Thanks, Don, yes, especially here in Iceland where we have no army and we need more trees.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Golly, Your country is so beautiful, I just love the scenery here!

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    This is some of the most spectacular scenery I've seen. Your photos are wonderful and good thorough descriptions with history bring it to life. Thank you. I am learning a great deal about your country:)

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Such beautiful countryside. It all looks so magical and beautiful! Nice page!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    What a beautiful place Thingvellir is! Sounds lovely to walk around here on bright summer nights, as you could often do as a teenager.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Fine explanations and photos of this very special place. It’s great that when you were twelve years old you had a job planting trees in Heiðmörk forest. But it’s scary that a big new fissure has recently opened up in Almannagjá Gorge.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    beautiful page Regina! what a beautiful place to visit...i must hunt out my pics of my one day of stunning journey in 2000..and buy a scanner and scan them in - or even better just come back and enjoy Iceland properly!

  • dassi's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2010 at 6:05 AM

    Wow I am impressed :) Great info.

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