Sigurður Vigfússon 1880


An archaeological dig by antiquarian Sigurður Vigfússon in 1880 was the first in Thingvellir.

A pioneer of Icelandic archaeology, he went to Þingvellir specifically to excavate the ancient parliamentary site. He spent nearly four weeks on the site, carrying out excavations and various other investigations of old structures.

Sigurður Vigfússon's excavations were important and quite extensive, witness the fact that he made excavations in six of the area's best-known remains,  Circular structure on Spöngin, turf wall at  the west  of  Spöngin, ruins in the grassfield at Þingvellir farm, Njálsbúð, Snorrabúð and at Lögberg  which is now generally believed to be the site of Lögberg (the Law Rock).

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.