Just four visitors were counted by wardens at Þingvellir National Park on February 18, 2021, according to an article on the park’s official website. On the same day last year, 3,322 visited the popular Almannagjá, a gorge between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
“Today four tourists visited Þingvellir,” the article reads. “One walked into the fog in Almannagjá and disappeared from sight. Two travellers from France and one from Belgium peeked through the window of Þingvellir Church and had a good chat with the park warden that was on site. They were finishing a four-week trip around Iceland that started with the traditional quarantine. They praised the country and nation and enjoyed travelling around the country and being almost entirely alone on their trip.”
Þingvellir is not only a site with geological significance, it also has historical importance. From 930 AD to 1798, it was the meeting place of Iceland’s Alþingi (parliament). The park lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the mid-Atlantic ridge. From Almannagjá, visitors can also see the largest natural lake in Iceland, Þingvallavatn. Þingvellir was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.