Thingvellir National Park
Þingvellir means assembly fields. In the year 930 AD, Iceland´s historic democratic parliament, one of the first in the world, was founded here. Most Icelandic people regard Þingvellir as a sacred place. Around the year 1000 AD the great Law Speaker, Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði Þorkelsson, declared Iceland´s peaceful conversion to Christianity right here at Þingvellir. A unique compromise was arrived at which made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. Pagans were still permitted to worship the Norse Gods in private and the disaster of what could have been a violent civil conflict was avoided.
A flag marks the Law Rock where the Law Speaker or Chief Goði stood to proclaim the law in the olden days. You will be able to stand in the spot where history was made – what a magical photo opportunity! Those pictures will make you the envy of all your friends.
The geological processes which shaped the land at Þingvellir National Park are every bit as remarkable as the great historical events which took place there. Since 2004 Þingvellir has been listed on UNESCO‘s World Heritage List for its geological uniqueness and historical significance.
The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet here. They have been slowly drifting apart creating the dramatic and rugged rift valley which runs through this site. This is one of very few places on earth where you can take a walk between two continents!
Can you afford to miss this very special and atmospheric place?
Where is Thingvellir located?
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is in South Iceland, just 40 km from Reykjavík. You just need to follow Highway 1 (the Ring Road) through the little town of Mosfellsbær before turning to your right onto the road numbered 36. From Borgarnes, if you take the shortest route along Highway 1 and then the road numbered 52, the distance is around 89 km. There many interesting places nearby, a few of which are Gullfoss (70 km), Geysir (60.3 km), Fontana Spa/Laugavatn (29.1 km) and Selfoss (40.3 km).