Management plan 2004-2024

 

IMGP5592.jpgIn June 2004  the Þingvellir Commission published its management plan 2004-2024.  In the
management plan the factors emphasised are broadly similar to those of the prior management plan of 1988.  As before, the most important objective is to safeguard the nature, historical area and heritage sites of the National Park for the future, while also making preparations for visitors, whose numbers may be expected to rise steadily.

The management plan is based upon a vision for the period until 2024. The  situation in the current year in the main fields is summarised, and this is followed  by an exposition of the principal objectives which must be achieved in order to  make the vision a reality.  In the 1990s, systematic development of facilities and services commenced; it is  fair to say that this was a prerequisite for the national park to be able to receive a fast-growing number of guests in recent years, without serious consequences.

The management plan stresses the importance of further planning and monitoring, in order to make better use of the existing infrastructure and facilities, and to expand these factors without more encroachment on nature than  has already taken place. In addition, emphasis is placed upon visitors having access to education on the unique interplay of history and nature to be found at Þingvellir.

The policymaking work involved extensive consultation with visitors to the national park and many stakeholders. This provided a veritable mine of information on the attitudes and ideas on which the management plan is based;  the policymakers have striven to reflect the main messages of this consultation in the management plan.  The management plan is accompanied by an operational plan, which will be renewed every five years. The intention is that the effectiveness of management of the national park be evaluated in tandem with the renewal of the operational plan.

The management plan can be downloaded here.

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.