Hike through Þingvellir National Park
Iceland › Þingvellir Visitor Center
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Þingvellir National Park is an area of Historic and Geologic wonder for Iceland. It is an area where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge surfaces from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and the European and North American tectonic plates meet. You can hike along this boundary line and be in two continents at one time!
From the visitor center there are several trails that lead into the countryside. Take the obvious trail down the ramp and into the gap where you can explore the beautiful terrain, waterfalls and historic sites. You could easily spend an entire day hiking around and having fun. Don’t forget to extend your arms side to side in the gap to touch both North America and Europe at the same time!
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- Rain jacket
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1st Stop On The Golden Circle
Our first full day here in Iceland, we set out on a day trip from Reykjavik. Þingvellir National Park is a great first stop. You could spend all day hiking and exploring different trails within the park, although we chose to press on down the road. Grab a free map at the visitors center. There is a small fee to pay for parking, and a fee for the restrooms. There are free restrooms and a little cafe 3 km further down the road. The views of the lake and surrounding area are amazing, hiking through the tectonic plates was cool, and there is so much history. We were very lucky to catch it on a morning with low wind and blue skies!
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