Hike through Þingvellir National Park

2 miles 50 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Matthew Eaton

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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Camping
Photography
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic
Waterfall

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Go for the history

Scenic enough landscape, but not a stunning vista. What makes Þingvellir such an unforgettable experience for me was learning its long and culturally important history as the site of the Alþing.

Thingvellir in Winter

We visited the park in early November as a family and snow was already on the ground. There are so many beautiful places within the park, easily accessible from the road. Our favorite was Öxarárfoss. The Icelandic wind was intense, but the experience was well worth it.

LOVED it

Super awesome park. Spent part of my 30 hours in Iceland there. Well maintained and beautiful. The waterfalls are amazing as well, not highlighted enough in my opinion.

Gorgeous but crowded

A great way to spend the day in Iceland. Crowded until you get away from the main paths and then it gets interesting. Hike along the lave fields for a lot of excitement.

Something amazing everywhere you look

I spent my summer in Iceland this past year and this place was by far the highlight of my trip! There is something cool to see everywhere you look and the fact you are standing between two continents blew my mind. If you are in Iceland, this is a must see!

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