Thingvellir (Þingvellir) is a historic national park and UNESCO cultural site where in the year AD 930 vikings founded the Icelandic parliament as the open-air assembly Althing.
Althing is believed to be the oldest parliament in the world. Thingvellir was inscripted on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List
in the year 2004. We start our tour at hakið viewpoint with excellent views over the national park and the great lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest natural lake.
We walk down from the viewpoint through Almannagjá canyon which leads down to the old open-air assembly Althing, respresenting the whole of Iceland for two weeks every year from it’s founding days in 930 to 1798.
Drekkingarhylur is a deep pool which was used for executions by drowning in the middle ages. Many of the condemned were women charged with adultery.
Öxarárfoss is a beautiful waterfall on the river Öxará. The pool at the base is covered with rocks and the surrounding cliffs can become very icy and scenic.
Peningagjá (Money fault) is a water filled chasm both crystal-clear and deep and a popular diving location. After the chasm was bridged in 1907 people started throwing in coins. This all started with King Christian Frederick who threw in the first coin during his official visit to Iceland creating the popular trend that lasts up to this day.