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Thingvellir National Park, Iceland. Open daily


Accessibility:

Please see https://guidetoiceland.is/travel-info/iceland-in-a-wheelchair-adventures-accessible-to-everyone

and https://www.thekkingarmidstod.is/english/ about Sjálfsbjörg (The National Association of People with Disabilities in Iceland) which has the stated goal of “working to create [a society in which] the disabled enjoy full participation and equality” and regularly conducts surveys on museums, pools, and other public places, making recommendations for country-wide improvements.  

Brief description:

Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is a historic national park in Iceland, north-east of Reykjavík, known for the Alþing (Althing), the site of Iceland's parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries, and the Þingvellir Church and the ruins of old stone shelters. The park sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates, with rocky cliffs and fissures like the huge Almannagjá fault.

Address:

Thingvellir National Park 801 Selfoss, Iceland

Email:

thingvellir@thingvellir.is 

Phone:

+354 482 2660, and its Visitor centre phone number: +354 482-3613

Website:

https://www.thingvellir.is/en/

Directions:

Approximately 45 km northeast of Reykjavík: Take road no. 1 heading north out of Reykjavík. After driving through the town Mosfellsbær take the first exit to the right at roundabout onto road no. 36 to Thingvellir. This route follows the main road to Thingvellir and is ploughed most days during the winter.

Another option in summertime out of Reykjavik is to take road 1 towards Hveragerdi/Selfoss on the south coast.  Just after leaving the Reykjavik city limits turn left onto road 431 and follow it onto road 435 (Nesjavallaleid).  This road will follow the pipeline delivering hot water to Reykjavik from the Nesjavellir power plant in the Mt. Hengill area. The road crosses the Hengill volcano providing great views of Lake Thingvallavatn coming down from the mountain on the north side.  When coming down the mountain turn left on road 360 (Grafningsvegur) and drive  about 11 km along the banks of Lake Thingvallavatn until turning right onto road 36.  Follow that about 8 km until reaching the visitor center at Thingvellir National Park at Hakid (Fraedslumidstod).

Note that this road (435) is closed in winter and only open from May-September depending on snow conditions.  Make sure to check conditions before driving it.

From Geysir and Gullfoss.
Take road 35 onto road 37 to Laugarvatn.  At the roundabout on the outskirts of the town of Laugarvatn take the first right exit onto road 365 followed by road 36 to Thingvellir..

From the Borgarfjordur area in the west.
There are two options which are only open in the summertime and some restrictions might apply for rental cars.

Driving road 50 in Borgarfjordur turn on to 52 in Lundarreykjardalur valley and drive east and turn right on to road 550.  From Husafell take road 550 over Kaldidalur to Thingvellir.

The coordinates for Thingvellir (Hakid viewpoint) are : 64° 15,327'N, 21° 7,691'W

Make sure to check road conditions before driving in Iceland on the Road Administration maps.

Opening Times:

24 hours daily. The Visitor centre is located near the park´s main viewpoint at Hakid, where a footpath leads down into the great Almannagjá fault. Information about the National park is provided at the visitor centre and there is a small cafeteria and a souvenir shop. Opening hours for Visitor centre: 09:00 - 18:00 (but check venue website for openings over Christmas).

Exhibition admission charges:  Adults 1000,  Children (under 18) Free,  Seniors (+67) and students Free,  Disabled Free,  Groups (10 +) 800 per pers.

Visitor centre phone number: +482-3613

Transport:

Please see https://www.icetra.is/  and https://visitreykjavik.is/city/public-transportation on Public transportation (called Strætó in Icelandic). Reykjavík has an excellent bus system with regular services to and from all the city’s major towns and attractions. For information, access to their convenient destination planner and free travel app,  visit strætó.is. For a map of services please see http://www.publictransport.is/

If you choose to explore Reykjavík by bus you might also want to consider investing in the Reykjavík City Card. The card gives you 24, 48 or 72 hours unlimited travel on the city busses as well as admission to major attractions and discounts at shops and restaurants.

Amenities:

There is a small cafeteria and a souvenir shop at the Visitor centre