Protection & management

Thingvellir National Park was designated by a special law on the protection of the area, passed by the Alþing on 7th May, 1928.

According to the law text, Þingvellir by the river Öxará and the surrounding area shall, from the beginning of 1930, be "a protected national shrine of all Icelanders".

The law says that the boundaries of the preserved area shall be marked by the Almannagjá fault to the west and the Hlíðargjá and Hrafnagjá faults to the east, while to the south the demarcation is a direct line from the highest point of mount Arnarfell to the Kárastaðir farm and to the north a line from mount Ármannsfellstraight east across the lava field to Hlíðargjá.