Thingvellir and the lake Thingvallavatn are natural and historical gems of Iceland. Almannagjá is a significant geological feature in Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park. A wide fissure or rift valley runs through the national park, dividing the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a divergent border between the two plates, includes this fissure.
Almannagjá is also historically and culturally significant. It is the site of the Althing, the world’s oldest parliamentary institution, which was established in 930. The Althing was an annual gathering of Icelandic chieftains and their followers at Thingvellir to discuss and settle disputes, enact laws, and conduct other important business.
Almannagjá and Thingvellir National Parks are famous tourist sites in Iceland today, drawing tourists from all over the world to enjoy the park’s harsh natural beauty and rich history. The park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, having been designated for its exceptional geological and cultural value.
The pictures in this gallery show Thingvellir and the lake Thingvallavatn in summer, winter and spring. The oldest pictures are from the year 2006 and the newest from the year 2021. You can clearly see the great changes that have taken place in the area. The famous Hotel Valhalla burned to the ground 12 years ago and good facilities have been set up for tourists.
You can click at the top of any image to start the slideshow. Below the gallery is a video taken last year.