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Located in the heart of Þingvellir National Park, Almannagjá is a valley with historical significance and unique geological features. Find out everything you need to know when visiting this iconic sight.

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Rock walls of Almannagja in Thingvellir National Park, Iceland on a clear summer day

Rock walls of Almannagja in Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

What is Almannagjá Gorge?

Almannagjá is a valley located in Þingvellir National Park that holds both history and highlights Iceland’s relationship with the underground tectonic plates. It marks the boundary on the Mid-Atlantic Rift, the space between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

Although the rift runs through the entire country, there is no place where you can see it quite like at Almannagjá. The gorge is eight kilometers long (five miles) and is easily explored on a hike; the trail is paved, making it easy to walk throughout this area. From your hike, you can also choose to walk to Öxarárfoss, which is right at the end of the path.

Öxarárfoss Waterfall at Almannagjá Gorge, Iceland

Öxarárfoss Waterfall at Almannagjá Gorge, Iceland

Where is Almannagjá?

Situated in Þingvellir National Park, Almannagjá is a stop on the famous Golden Circle - a circular sightseeing route that includes some of Iceland's top attractions. Its location within the national park makes it easy to combine with other stunning natural wonders. Driving the 48km directly to the gorge from Reykjavík takes only around an hour.


How to get to Almannagjá?

Almannagjá is pretty straightforward to access if you're coming from the capital, Reykjavík. The drive takes less than an hour and involves only a few main roads to reach it. If you are heading on a self-drive tour, head north on the R1 when you leave the city and then take Route 36 after passing Holt.

One of the easiest ways to get to the gorge is to book a Golden Circle tour. This takes you to all the famous spots, including Almannagjá. By going on a tour, you’ll discover everything you need to know about these famous spots, as well as have a friendly face to ask any questions.

Almannagjá, Golden Circle, a landscape in winter

Almannagjá, Golden Circle

Geological Significance of Almannagjá

Almannagjá is a geological marvel. Spanning eight kilometers, it is a segment of the North Atlantic Rift and one of the only places in the world where you can see the tectonic plates meet on land. Almannagjá was created by the gradual drift between the plates, which has given this area its distinct look. Around the gorge, you can find other evidence of geological activity, including ravines that fill with crystal-clear water. One of the most famous is the Silfra Fissure, which is a diving and snorkeling site between the tectonic plates.

History of Almannagjá

The significance of Almannagjá goes beyond its geological features; it encapsulates centuries of political and cultural heritage. The gorge and the national park in which it is located, Þingvellir, are steeped in Icelandic history. In fact, the gorge is the location of one of the longest-running parliaments in the world. Along these rocks, historic gatherings of the Alþing, Iceland's national parliament, started in the year 930 AD. From the rocks above Almannagjá Gorge, new laws would be read out, and debates would take place.

Accommodation near Almannagjá

Check out some of the accommodation options near Almannagjá.


  • Hotel Grimsborgir by Keahotels
  • ION Adventure Hotel
  • Borealis Hotel


  • Hásteinn
  • Cabin Agnes

Guesthouses and camping sites

  • Lake Thingvellir Cottages
  • Iceland Lakeview Retreat
  • Brú Country Estate
  • Ljosafoss Guest House
  • Héraðsskólinn Historic Guesthouse
  • Úlfljótsvatn Scout and Adventure Center

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