Generally the first stop on Iceland’s Golden Circle route, Þingvellir (pronounced ‘Thingvellir’) is a breathtaking park located on a rift valley that separates two tectonic plates.This UNESCO site is the only place in the world where you can see two different plates - the North American and the Eurasian plate - quite so clearly, and above sea level.
It’s also where Europe’s first ever parliament was situated, from the 10th to the 18th century. In fact, the word ‘Þingvellir ’ translates to ‘fields of parliament.’
The scenery here is incredible and vast. Look out for wide vistas, incredible geological formations and a pretty waterfall.
You can make a quick trip to Þingvellir to snap a few photos, or spend longer trekking through the landscapes and exploring all the nooks and crannies.
Travel tip: Entry to the park is free, but you'll have to pay to use the toilets and for parking if you drive there.
Throughout the Year
Entry to Thingvellir
Thingvellir National Park