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Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

Free admission
801 Selfoss, Iceland

The Basics

Thingvellir is where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet and, as the plates continue to pull apart, they create new geological wonders. Highlights include the hike to the Oxararfoss Waterfall, the views in Almannagja Gorge, fishing in Thingvallavatn Lake, and snorkeling at Silfra.

Thingvellir is also the birthplace of Iceland’s parliament, and you can visit the remains of the former parliament sites. Visit as part of a Golden Circle excursion or on a multi-day tour of Iceland’s natural attractions. For more flexibility, hop-on hop-off tours are excellent options.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Reykjavik

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FANTASTIC! A “MUST DO” TOUR
Christen_H, Jun 2021
Small-Group Snorkeling Experience at Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park
The entire operation was beautifully orchestrated. The experience was a “once in a lifetime” gem. Our Guide, Byron was absolutely fantastic, he instilled confidence from the moment we met. The equipment was top notch, none of us were the least bit cold or uncomfortable. Five PLUS stars to Artic Adventures!
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Not to be missed!
Aoife_B, Mar 2020
Small-Group Snorkeling Experience at Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park
A wonderful experience! Our guide Nebo was great and we didn't get wet with the great suits. Super fun!
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A once in a lifetime experience
Melissa_L, Jan 2019
Small-Group Snorkeling Experience at Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park
It was a new and different experience. Apollo, our guide was great. The whole team in fact was wonderful from helping get into and out of the suits. The cookies were wonderful as well!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plan to spend a whole day at Thingvellir as there’s much to see and do. There's also a small on-site café.

  • You can visit the park for free, but drivers must pay to park vehicles.

  • If you want to fish in the park, you’ll need to get a permit at the service center.

  • If you want to stay longer than one day, book a spot at the on-site campground, which has bathrooms, showers, washing machines, and outdoor grills.

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How to Get There

Thingvellir National Park is located about 28 miles (45 kilometers) northeast of Reykjavík, just off Route 36. The roads and trailheads inside the park are clearly marked, and there are plenty of scenic stops where you can park and enjoy the views. There is no public transportation to the park, so the easiest way to get to Thingvellir is by renting a car or booking a Golden Circle tour that includes transportation.

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When to Get There

Thingvellir is one of the most visited parks in Iceland, and it gets crowded during the summer. In July and August, visit first thing in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the masses. Fishing season runs from early May through mid-September, and northern lights viewing is best in late fall and winter.

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Iceland’s Golden Circle Tour

The Golden Circle Tour is a popular sightseeing loop from Reykjavik through Iceland’s southern uplands. This 190-mile (300-kilometer) route includes many of Iceland’s most scenic sights, such as Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and the Haukadalur geysers. You can see the Golden Circle in a day with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, or drive yourself and explore at your own pace.

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Thingvellir National Park