National parks are a location to rest and to get back to the roots of nature. This concept works in almost every country in the world in which national parks create a feeling of welcomeness for nature-loving tourists. Seeking the ultimate relaxation in wilderness, national park visitors all around the world are looking for places in which the stress, the lights and the pollution of the cities and urban spaces are replaced with the calmness, the loneliness and the fresh air.
Meanwhile, Iceland has become famous for wide areas of untouched nature, rough wilderness and beautiful sceneries. Tens of thousands of tourists are attracted each year by the stunning landscapes on the island in the north. This is why it is no wonder that the combination of national parks and the typical Icelandic charm results in the best of both worlds. Proudly, Iceland can present the „Thingvellir National Park“.
Let your soul rest in Thingvellir National Park
Thingvellir is both a village in Iceland and a national park. While of course the village is beautiful too, most tourists visit the place because of the wild nature which can be found here. Thingvellir is located in the south-west of Iceland, approximately 40 kilometers away from the capital Reykjavík, so it can be reached with a car in a short amount of time. Many visitors come directly from the airport to the national park to calm down after an exhausting flight.
The name „Thingvellir“ comes from the Icelandic word for „moot“, combined with the term for “plain“ or „area“. This already suggests how Thingvellir national park looks. It is a great plain area, in which the vikings came together to discuss and to meet up, making the national park not only a location of breathtaking beauty, but also a historic landmark.
Rough nature in Thingvellir
As should already be clear, most tourists visit Thingvellir to gather a look at the unique scenery, which can be found almost nowhere on the planet. As a matter of fact, the national park is located in an interesting spot on the earth if you take a look at the geology and therefore the plate tectonics.
The region exhibits remarkable signs of the movement of the plates on which the surface of the earth is carried on. Scientists talk of a „rift valley“, meaning that the plates drift away from each other. This leads to an increasing amount of so-called rifts and cracks in the ground. The geological structure also leads to an active system of volcanos, which Thingvellir is surrounded by.
The interesting structure leads to a variety of natural sights, including the river Öxará leading into a stunning waterfall at the canyon of Almannagjá.
As a part of the Golden Circle, Thingvellir national parks is amongst the best-known touristic spots in Iceland. You can reach it well and combine your trip with a visit of the great Geysers and the waterfall Gullfoss, making it a cruise which you will never forget. Especially for this route, we offer the tour „Super Golden Circle“ to assist you with having the expedition you dream of!