Thingvellir National Park in Iceland

Iceland is still volcanically active and you can easily see rifts and fissures in many areas of the country. In some regions the land is literally drifting apart.  

Those big fissures and rifts can be found in several places in Iceland and the nearest ones to Reykjavík are in Þingvellir National Park and at Reykjanes peninsula

When you go to Þingvellir you will clearly see the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian plates in the cracks and faults that traverse the Þingvellir region. 

The biggest crack is called Almannagjá, which you can walk trough. There you will be walking between two continents.

Þingvellir is mainly famous for two reasons.  

It is a UNESCO world heritage site and the most important place in Icelandic history, because in the year 930 AD the Alþingi - which is one of the oldest parliamentary institutions in the world - was founded there. 

Secondly, it has been a nature reserve since 1928 due to its unique tectonic and volcanic environment.

Thingvellir National Park in Iceland

It´s really majestic to stand among those big massive cliffs or walls and imagine that our land and earth is constantly moving and tearing apart.

That makes us humans really small and a great reminder of how we should always respect our nature wherever we go, and think before we put our feet down. Some of the rifts are full of extremely clear water which make the scene even more spectacular and serene.

Öxarárfoss waterfall in Iceland

The park as a whole is a true gem and beautiful in every way with a very peaceful atmosphere.

It´s beautiful in all seasons and I recommend a walk around it to enjoy the tranquility and the mossy rifts that I have described here and so much more.

There is also a relatively small but a beautiful waterfall located in the upper corner of the park. Its name is Öxarárfoss like the river it falls from. 

There are walking paths through the park so it's easy to walk around and find your way through the whole park.

Thingvallakirkja church in Iceland

I could write so many pages about Þingvellir but I just wanted to give you a little insight into what it's like.  

As you can see in my pictures it's quite extraordinary and grand but peaceful at the same time. You should definitely go and explore it. 

Don't forget to check out the tiny lovely little church which is open during summertime from 9am-5pm.  

It would also be great to hear your story and experience about Þingvellir National Park.   


See also: 

Golden Circle Tours

Top 9 Detours on the Golden Circle

National Parks in Iceland

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