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Almannagjá gorge, located within Þingvellir National Park is an awe-inspiring beautiful narrow valley. Part of the North Atlantic rift system, the Almannagjá is a geological wonder that must be visited during your Iceland trip.

Where Is Almannagja Located?

This stunning narrow valley is a part of the Þingvellir National Park and is at the tip of the tectonic plate of North America and Europe. The Mid-Atlantic Rift is the boundary between North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Almannagjá gorge is eight kilometers long, and you could enjoy a scenic hiking challenge with a rewarding view of the Öxarárfoss waterfall within. There is no better way to explore the location than going on an Almannagjá hike.

Gorge Between Two Tectonic Plates in Iceland

Almannagja gorge at Thingvellir National Park, in Iceland


How to Get to Almannagja?

If you are planning to take on a self-driving tour to Almannagja, you could rent a car from the capital city of Reykjavík. It will take you less than an hour to reach the destination. Start by taking Route 1 and take the first exit on the right to Route 36 at Mosfellsbaer, you can access the Thingvellir National Park from the west entrance.

Valley at Thingvellir National Park in Iceland

Almannagja gorge of North America and Europe tectonic plates, Iceland

Geology and History of Almannagja

This eight-kilometer-long gorge is geologically known to be a part of the North Atlantic rift system. It stretches all the way up to the south pole in the Atlantic ocean. The tectonic plates are gradually drifting away and have resulted in the formation of Almannagjá. Geological studies conducted here indicate that the North American tectonic plates pulled west, and after a lot of pressure, the edge broke free of the continent in an earthquake. It is indeed a remarkable feature, unlike any other landmark in Iceland.

The gorge and Thingvellir National Park have been an integral part of Icelandic history and the judicial system. Thingvellir National Park, where the Almannagja gorge is located was the venue for the world’s longest-running assembly/parliament. It is believed that the lawmakers would read out the laws to the people of Iceland on the rock above the Almannagjá gorge. As punishment for women who committed adultery, the lawmakers would drown them in the Drowning Deep Pool, Drekkingarhylur.

Almannagja Gorge and River in Iceland

Almannagja gorge and river in Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

Things to Do Near the Almannagja

One of the best things to do while exploring the Almannagja gorge is to take a walk between the tectonic plates. This is one of the best things to do in the Golden Circle itself. Almannagjá canyon shows the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates.

Oxarafoss waterfall is another popular attraction that must be experienced firsthand. It's beautiful to see the waterfalls between the lush green grass and rocks filled with moss. Enjoy the great trails and go on an Almannagjá gorge hike. Almannagjá, the Game of Thrones location from season 1 to 4, is as beautiful as it was on screen, and you'll immediately recognize it.

Places to Stay Near Almannagja

Looking for places to stay near the Almannagja gorge in Thingvellir National Park? These are our top five stay recommendations:

  • Borealis Hotel
  • Laugarvatn Hostel

  • Heradsskolinn Guesthouse

  • Golden Circle Apartments

  • Hotel Grimsborgir

Interesting Places Near Almannagja

Oxararfoss Waterfall in Iceland

Oxararfoss waterfall near Almannagja gorge in Iceland

Thingvellir National Park where Almannagjá is situated has numerous sites to explore. Some of the interesting places to visit near Almannagja include:

Locations near Almannagja