Pingvellir National Park Iceland

Our first stop on the Golden Circle tour in Iceland was the Pingvellir National Park. Pingvellir, translated as Parliament Plains, was the site of the Icelandic legislative assembly between 930 to 1798.

Pingvellir is located 45 km northeast of the capital city of Reykjavík. If you come by car it costs 500ISK (approx £3.60) to park for the day. There’s a charge of 100ISK for the toilets at the Visitor Centre, but entry to the Visitor Centre is free of charge.

We were dropped off at the Visitor Centre and then walked down to be picked up at a parking place at the side of the road.

Close to the Visitor Centre is the Hakid viewpoint.

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As you walk down from the Visitor Centre you can see the Almannayja, the fault line between the European and American tectonic plates.

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You could easily spend all day walking around Pingvellir National Park.

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Hello, I’m Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews.

I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels