Horseback riding

For centuries, the Þingvellir area has been a stopping place for people travelling around the country on horseback.

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Routes to different parts of the country cross at Þingvellir, with the road through Uxahryggir and Kaldidalur leading to the Borgarfjörður inland and to Western-Iceland, while the road passing by Gjábakki leads to the east, to the rural districts of Southern-Iceland.

The Skógarhólar horse camp has long been a resting place for horsemen passing through
Þingvellir, providing sleeping-bag accommodation as well a grazing and stables.

Two designated horse trails run through the National Park. Starting at Gjábakki, a path takes you across the Hrafnagjáfault to the Skógarkot farm site, along the Skógarkotsgata trail. From Skógarkot you can then choose two paths to Skógarhólar.

One leads on along the Skógarkotsgata trail into the Stekkjargjá fault and up by way of Langistígur. The other path takes you north to the Hrauntún farm site and across the Sandskeið flat to mount Ármannsfell, and from there to the west along the National Park fence to Skógarhólar.

Both routes are particularly scenic and a highly recommended choice for people on horseback. Horse riding is not allowed on the automobile roads in the national park, because of the heavy traffic and frequent blind spots. Similarly, riders are not permitted to pass through the assembly site or the Almannagjá fault.

Safe travel in Iceland
Travellers should prepare well for each trip and know its trail and route conditions.
The THING Project
The THING Project is based on the Thing sites that are the assembly sites spread across North West Europe as a result of the Viking diaspora and Norse settlements.
World heritage
Thingvellir was accepted on the World Heritage list for its cultural values in 2004 at World Heritage Committee meeting in China.
Protection and management
Thingvellir National Park was designated by a special law on the protection of the area, passed by the Alþing on 7th May, 1928.