Visitor centre

From the exhibition Heart of Iceland taken by Magnus Elvar Jonsson
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From the exhibition Heart of Iceland taken by Magnus Elvar Jonsson

Continental drift

The continental drift is portrayed in the exhibition.

Lögrétta

Our old law council comes to live and guests learn about the role and history of the law council.

The image of Þingvellir

How has Þingvellir been seen by Icelanders and travellers through the ages?

Inside the Visitor center, which is located at Hakid by P1, is the park´s interactive exhibition Heart of Iceland. As the guests go through the exhibition they not only get informed but experience the national park´s rich history and nature. Go through and get to know the park in 40-60 minutes.

The guest lounge is located right next to the viewing platform at Hakin, where you walk down to Almannagjá.

An introductory video about the exhibition can be found here.

The exhibition is instructive as well as giving visitors the opportunity to experience Thingvellir in the past.

Opening hours

September - April

09:00 - 17:00

Between Christmas and New Years

  • 24. december
    09:00 - 12:00
  • 25. december
    CLOSED
  • 26. december - 30. december
    09:00 - 17:00
  • 31. december
    00:90 - 12:00
  • 1. january
  • 11:00 - 16:00

Verð á sýningu

Adults 1000 kr.
Children (17 year old and younger) Free
Senior citizens 500 kr.
Disabled Free
Groups (10+) 800 kr. per person
Students (18+) 500 kr. per person

BREEAM completion certification

The visitor center at Haki has a complete certification of BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). BREEAM is a British environmental certification system. The building has received BREEAM certifications both during the design period and after the building was built.

Þingvellir National Park Visitor Centre

Be welcome to our Visitor Centre. 

The completion certification confirms that the building meets eco-design standards according to the internationally recognized BREEAM certification system. No comments or deviations were made and Hakið received three stars out of five possible and the final score was 59.9% - "Very Good" - as the goal was set. EFLA thanks Thingvellir National Park and the State Construction Agency for their cooperation and sincerely congratulates them. The certification assesses many different aspects such as:

  • Environmental management during construction and operation
  • Good accommodation that includes e.g. for soundproofing, indoor air quality and lighting
  • Good energy efficiency and water saving
  • Selection of environmentally friendly building materials
  • Waste management during construction and operation
  • Maintenance of ecological quality in the immediate environment
  • Minimization of various types of pollution from construction e.g. is regarding drainage and light pollution

The goal of BREEAM eco-certification is to design and build buildings that have less environmental impact, are healthier for users and require less maintenance than traditional buildings.

You can read more about outreach in a pdf file.

Red Dot certification

The exhibition "The Heart of Iceland", located in the visitor center of the national park at Thingvellir, won two Red Dot Design awards in 2019. The exhibition received an award for "information design" on the one hand and also for "interface design and user experience". The exhibition has about 10 interactive stations and offers an interesting journey through the history of Thingvellir National Park and a unique insight into the nature of the place where all the senses are activated.

From the exhibition Heart of Iceland taken by Magnus Elvar Jonsson