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Thingvellir National Park

Iceland > The Golden Circle

What is Þingvellir?

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.

Opening Times

Throughout the Year

  • Open Daily: 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Price Information

Entry to Thingvellir

  • General Free

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