Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir National Park) is a, as you can see from the name, national park, the status which protects it’s unique geology and natural features. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated so for being the site of the oldest existing parliament in the world, with the first assembly there in 930 AD.
Þingvellir National Park is one of the three stops on the Golden Circle Tour. If you travel to Iceland you will be see numerous tour operators running such tours. On our last visit we went on such a tour, this time round we hired a car and drove the route and visited the sights ourselves. If you are travelling to Iceland in the off-season Winter months car hire is significantly cheaper and for us, worked out cheaper to hire a car than to pay for airports transfers and a tour (more about that in a later post).
For now, take a look at our visit…
Apologies of the quality and discrepancies in the colouring in these photos. The light in Iceland at this time of the year is not kind, with full daylight only really peaking around noon – 2pm. It really makes you appreciate and marvel at the miracle that is the human eye that can appreciate the buttery light, even if cameras hate it.