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Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir is one of the national parks that are on the northern shore in Iceland. Furthermore, it is one of the oldest existing parliaments in the world, which makes it important in Icelandic history. Þingvellir is also labelled as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir is important because of its history yet it is also famed for its unique geology and natural features. The Almannagjá canyon is found here between two tectonic plates, which provide a visual display of continental drift. Tourists love coming to Þingvellir to fish and scuba dive.

Various fish and other water creatures are found in Iceland’s biggest lake, Þingvallavatn, since the regular influx of groundwater allows the condition of the water to remain good. This lake is said to be home to the largest brown trout and chair that is available in the world.

Þingvellir National Park

Travelling to the National Park

There are several ways to get to the national park, which is about forty-five km northeast of Reykjavik.

First, you have to get on road no. 1 and head north to leave Reykjavik. Once you have passed the town of Mosfellsbaer, you will then take the first exit on your right when you reach the roundabout. This will put you on road no. 36 heading towards Thingvellir. This is the main route to reach the national park, and during the winter season, it will be clear for driving.

Alternatively, if you are visiting during the summertime you could head towards Hveragerdi/Selfoss on road no. 1. Once out of Reykjavik, turn left on road no 431 and follow it until you get to road no 435. This road will allow you to see some scenic areas of Iceland such as the Hengill volcano, where you can see amazing views of Lake Thingvallavatn. When you get down the mountain, you will want to make a left turn on road no 360 and drive approximately 11 km and turn right onto road no 36. This road will carry you about 8 km and then you will see the visitor’s center of the national park.

Þingvellir National Park

When taking this route – road no 435 – remember that it is closed during the winter because of snow. You should always make sure you check the conditions before driving this route too.

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Camper Iceland – Camper Rental in Iceland

Tourists love traveling around Iceland in campers. This is because when you travel this way you are able to see a lot more of what Iceland has to offer for a reasonable price and it cuts down on the amount of planning that you have to do.

Camper Iceland

Keep in mind Hotels are usually booked as soon the spring season begins. Therefore, finding an available hotel means you have to book months before your trip.

Below you will find eleven reasons to rent a camper van when in Iceland.

  1. It saves you money from having to rent a car and pay for an overpriced hotel.
  2. Iceland allows tourists to park their camper vans anywhere for one night.
  3. You are able to meet other friendly people.
  4. Iceland’s weather is always changing; therefore, you want to make sure that you are mobile and ready to go at the drop of a hat. Imagine how horrible it would be if it started raining while you were asleep in your tent and had to pack up the tent and remain wet inside of your car.
  5. You can enjoy nature without having to deal with the hassles of having tents.
  6. If you have children, a campervan allows them to be able to experience more activities, so they do not tire out and become fussy during the drives
  7. You can go anywhere you want and sleep wherever you want
  8. Iceland has roads made of asphalt, which is ideal for any type of camper.
  9. You do not have to plan your trip. You can just go wherever your heart desires.
  10. You have great views at all times since Iceland does not have many trees.
  11. You save money by having access to be able to cook instead of eating out every day.

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Closing Thoughts

Iceland is a beautiful place for you to experience nature at its finest. For some tourists it is an expensive place to visit yet if you rent a camper van (Camper Rental Iceland), even a luxurious one (Campervan Iceland), you will find that you will enjoy your trip to the fullest and you will have saved yourself a lot of money too.

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Iceland’s Two Wheel Experience

When you experience Iceland on two wheels, you will find it to be rewarding yet challenging. However, exploring Iceland via bike is the best way to see all of the beauty of the country. Keep in mind that the weather can change at any time and sometimes the distances are long. However, if you are a bike enthusiast, you will find that you enjoy riding on the Ring Road, which is one of the well-known highways that cover the country. Alternatively, if you want to be really challenged you could try some of the paths in the highlands, which feature the beautiful Kjölur.

Cycling Iceland

Things to Keep in Mind When Cycling Iceland

When you are not in the urban areas, you will find that there are not many bike paths, which means you will be sharing the road with motor vehicles. The terrain will be hilly and the distance between the urban areas is long, so you need to have the things you need to make basic repairs. Additionally, having a map, GPS and communication equipment is necessary.

Always have protective clothing. You should be prepared for rain and wind so your clothing should be water resistant and warm. Gloves are also necessary because the temperature can drop unpredictably, especially when you go in higher altitudes.

Cycling Iceland

If you plan to travel to the highlands, expect gravel roads, as many of the roads there are not paved. You should not travel alone and sometimes you will run into unbridged rivers. These rivers should never be crossed unless you have taken safety measures. It is recommended that you have a fully equipped bike with shock absorbers.

Cycling Iceland

Lastly, keep in mind that Icelandic nature is fragile. Bikes can cause damage to the environment. Therefore, you need to stay on the path and whenever you need to cross a sensitive spot, pick your bike up and carry it across. In addition, someone needs to know your plans in case of an emergency. You should also write your name in the guestbook before leaving.

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The Mystery behind the Snaefellsjokull Glacier

The first national park to become established in Iceland was the Snaefellsjokull National Park. It stands at the foot of a volcano and a glacier and it happens to be the only park that reaches from the seashore to the top of the mountains.

Snaefellsjokull Glacier

There is no surprise that the Snaefellsjokull Glacier is the main attraction of the National Park. It is undeniably beautiful and the active volcano stands 1,446m high, which was the setting for “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.

This glacier is said to be one of the seven great energy centers of the earth and it is believed to have numerous mysterious powers. When at the top you can see the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Westfjords on the north side. Additionally, you can see well over the Snaefellsnes Mountains to the east. Tourists can book excursions on the glacier from the village Arnarstapi.

Arnarstapi

If you are looking to explore the wonders of the ocean, coastline and the beach, the Snaefellsjokull National Park is ideal for you to visit. Those who have an interest in marine life usually love it here; however, those who are interested in geology such as volcanology will have a great experience here too. You can take advantage of bird watching because the coast and lowlands are abundant with birdlife.

Access and Services 

Services in the area have improved since travelers were greeted by Axlar-Bjorn and found themselves in the Iglutjörn pond. All you have to do is get on Road 574 and you will arrive at the National Park and the nearby nature reserves. Additionally, the staff is always ready to serve you in any way that they can in addition to answering all of your questions and concerns. Lastly, guide tours can be booked so you can see all of the hotspots.

Snaefellsjokull Glacier

Unfortunately, there are no camping grounds near the National Park, however, hikers and cyclists can stay one single night in their tent if they desire. Arnarstapi, however, does have a campsite available and there are various hotels and restaurants available in Hellnar and Búðir. If you venture out to other nearby areas, you will find accommodations and food too. You can have access to swimming pools, supermarkets and more in the nearby villages.

If you are planning a visit to Iceland, make sure you schedule a trip to the Snaefellsjokull National Park.

 Snaefellsjokull National Park.

Travel Guide Iceland Team – Reykjavík (Iceland)