Þingvellir National Park - UNESCO Heritage Site - Hotel Rangá

Þingvellir National Park – UNESCO Heritage Site

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Þingvellir (Thingvellir), 50 km (31 miles) to the east of Reykjavík, is the national shrine of Iceland. Iceland’s most historic site, and one of the country’s most beautiful places, it is also part of The Golden Circle tour. The oldest existing parliament in the world first met here in AD930. The Alþingi parliament met here every year to enact laws, including the law passed in AD1000 to introduce Christianity into the island. Thingvallavatn is the largest lake in Iceland, 83 km2 and over 100m deep. Þingvellir National Park is now a protected UNESCO national heritage site. 

FAQ about Þingvellir National Park

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Þingvellir National Park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, because this is the site of the world’s oldest existing parliament. It is also where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are drifting apart. You can walk on these two continents in Þingvellir National Park

The entire Þingvellir region is located on the rift valley created by the Eurasian and North American plates drifting apart. You will notice it quite clearly in Almannagjá.  

Yes, together with Gullfoss  waterfall and Geysir, Þingvellir is part of the famous Golden Circle in the South of Iceland. 

Distances from Þingvellir National Park

It takes approximately 1 hr. 30 min to drive from Hotel Rangá to Þingvellir. 

It takes approximately 45 min to drive from Reykjavík to Þingvellir. 

It takes approximately 1 hr. to drive from Gullfoss waterfall to Þingvellir. 

It takes approximately 50 min to drive from Geysir to Þingvellir. 

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