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Hike through Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir Visitor Center, Iceland

based on 12 reviews



2 miles

Elevation Gain

50 ft

Route Type



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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Hike through Þingvellir National Park Reviews

This is a nice stop if doing the loop, but we did not spend too much time here. The history is cool and there are trails around to walk, but if done again I would skip this stop.

If the idea of this being a rift between two tectonic plates isn't enough, the landscapes around here are really interesting. Large rocky boulders, babbling brooks, waterfalls, a geothermal spa. And if you're brave enough - scuba diving!

Although the specific location is of great historical/political significance for Iceland (the national assembly of Iceland was founded there in 930AD and continued to operate there till 1798), for us as travelers the geological greatness of the place was what excited us. This is the peak of the middle-atlantic ridge - the border between the northamerican and eurasian tectonic plates and (I think) the only place where this is visible from us in the surface. Walking there, it was like being acrobat between the two continents - jump a little bit on the left and you are in america, a little bit on the right and you are in europe!

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