Thingvellir National Park

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Thingvellir National Park which includes snow, mountains and general coastal views

See rifts where the earth’s continents are moving apart, visit a lava-strewn lake and learn about the political beginnings of Iceland.

Along the line of two tectonic plates, Thingvellir National Park features unforgettable natural formations. Its highlight is the otherworldly Lake Thingvallavatn into which hot lava runs, cooling to make a fertile environment. The area features major stories of Iceland’s past, where politics took hold 1,000 years ago. Trek through the intriguing vegetation of the terrain, which is covered by birch woodland.

Make your way to the visitor center to get an idea of the park’s formation. Learn about the natural terrain through informative films. Interactive displays offer detailed information and video clips of the park’s highlights. Take a free guided tour with a park ranger.

Bring a tent and set up camp in the rolling green meadows. Capture photos of the scenic countryside against a backdrop of mountains. Walking trails range from dirt paths to man-made steps and paved walkways. Discover waterfalls between cliffs and the clear water pools of Silfra and Davíðsgjá. Dive here among colorful fish.

Visit Lake Thingvallavatn to see the steam rising from geysers around it. This is the largest natural lake in Iceland. Peruse more than 150 types of plants rooted in this fertile ground.

The park’s name translates as “Parliament Plains,” in reference to the general assembly that was set up in the 10th century and lasted until 1798. Look around the church that dates back to 1859 and has a 17th-century pulpit.

Learn about the park’s fascinating geological history. Thick glacial ice covered active volcanoes, forming the ridges and mountains of today.

Enter the park for free and pay a daily fee for a fishing permit. The visitor center and its interactive exhibition open daily from morning until late afternoon in summer, and weekends only in winter.

Thingvellir National Park is a 1-hour drive north of Hveragerdi in southwestern Iceland. Fly to the nation’s main transportation hub of Keflavik International Airport just outside Reykjavik. From the capital city, it is just 40 minutes east by car to the national park. Regular buses reach the park from Reykjavik.

Top Hotels Close to Thingvellir National Park

Bjork Guesthouse
Bjork Guesthouse
3 out of 5
Bjarkarbraut, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
The price is $87 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Situated in Bláskógabyggd, this guesthouse is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Laugarvatn Fontana and within 12 mi (20 km) of The Cave People and Brúarfoss. Thingvallavatn ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (40 reviews)
"Very close to activities."

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Bjork Guesthouse
Beautiful house overlooking Lake Thingvallavatn  HG 12365
Beautiful house overlooking Lake Thingvallavatn HG 12365
Bláskógabyggd, Southern Region
Situated in Bláskógabyggd, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Thingvellir National Park and Thingvallavatn. Almannagja is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Schönes Ferienhaus direkt im Golden Circle
"Das Haus ist wirklich sehr schön: geschmackvoll, komfortabel und mit herrlichem Blick auf den See, den wir jeden Tag aufs Neue genossen haben. Mitten im Golden Circle gelegen, kann man von hier aus viel erkunden. Der Vermieter ist sehr freundlich, sympathisch und hilfsbereit. Es war eine tolle Zeit, ..."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

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The Golden Circle Lodge - Luxurious villa with Jacuzzi and Sauna
The Golden Circle Lodge - Luxurious villa with Jacuzzi and Sauna
Bláskógabyggd, Southern Region
This family-friendly Bláskógabyggd villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Thingvallavatn, Thingvellir National Park, and Almannagja. Skalafell Ski Area and Nesjavellir ...
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Heradsskolinn Historic Guesthouse
Heradsskolinn Historic Guesthouse
2.5 out of 5
840 Laugarvatn, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
The price is $79 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Heradsskolinn Historic Guesthouse
Beautiful house overlooking Lake Thingvallavatn  HG 12365
Beautiful house overlooking Lake Thingvallavatn HG 12365
Bláskógabyggd, Southern Region
Beautiful house overlooking Lake Thingvallavatn HG 12365
The Golden Circle Lodge - Luxurious villa with Jacuzzi and Sauna
The Golden Circle Lodge - Luxurious villa with Jacuzzi and Sauna
Bláskógabyggd, Southern Region
The Golden Circle Lodge - Luxurious villa with Jacuzzi and Sauna
Bjork Guesthouse
Bjork Guesthouse
3 out of 5
Bjarkarbraut, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
The price is $87 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Bjork Guesthouse
Laugarvatn Hostel
Laugarvatn Hostel
2 out of 5
Dalbraut 10, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
The price is $95 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Laugarvatn Hostel
Holiday house Þingvellir, wifi,  (HG-00002920)
Holiday house Þingvellir, wifi, (HG-00002920)
Selfoss, Southern Region
Holiday house Þingvellir, wifi, (HG-00002920)
ION Adventure Hotel
ION Adventure Hotel
4 out of 5
Nesjavellir, Selfoss, South Iceland
The price is $364 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
ION Adventure Hotel
Galleri Laugarvatn
Galleri Laugarvatn
2.5 out of 5
Haholti 1, Bláskógabyggd, South Iceland
The price is $98 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Galleri Laugarvatn
holiday home, Laugarvatn
holiday home, Laugarvatn
Bláskógabyggd, Southern Region
holiday home, Laugarvatn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.