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Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir National Park, Iceland

July 24th, 2019

2.9 miles
260 vertical feet
Total Time: 1:31

Starting elevation
656 feet
Max elevation
656 feet

Rating: 7/10

Directions: From Reykjavik, take route 1 north, then route 36 to Þingvellir National Park.   View Driving Map



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Expect to share this trail with a lot of people. We started at the viewpoint of the lake, then followed the paved trail downhill into the rift. The rift is clearly visible as you walk through it; you're on the boundary between the North American and Eurasion tectonic plates.

Þingvallavatn

Looking across the river

At one point you walk over a wooden boardwalk which had to be built after the ground opened up in 2011. For the most part you're walking over a solid gravel path, though.

Boardwalk over the fissure that opened up in 2011

Path through Almannagjá fault

Almannagjá fault

Almannagjá fault

We continued downhill and had views across the river to a church. The trail continues next to the Öxará river. Eventually we turned left to visit Öxarárfoss, a small waterfall with a viewing platform and tons of people milling about, taking pictures and climbing closer to get a better view.

Þingvellir church and other buildings

Þingvellir church across the river

Öxará river

River

River

Öxarárfoss

Öxarárfoss

Öxará river

After the falls, we doubled back and continued along the trail until we climbed to reach a viewpoint near another parking area. A group of people were apparently starting a Game of Thrones themed tour here.

Almannagjá fault

We turned around and returned to the trailhead to complete the short mostly out-and-back hike.

Path along the fault

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