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Lake Þingvallavatn lies in a rift valley that extends north from Mt. Hengill and within one hour drive from Reykjavík. The lake is situated on the Mid-Atlantic rift and covers a staggering 84 square kilometres, making it the largest natural lake in Iceland. Þingvallavatn lies within Iceland’s oldest national park. The Þingvellir park is very popular for filming, due to its closeness to the capital and the variety of shooting locations within the area. It is a freshwater lake with depths up to 115 meters. The water is crystal clear, making it one of the world’s most sought-after diving places.

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There are good roads leading to Þingvallavatn from every side. In a few places, smaller gravel roads take you closer to the water, and numerous parking lots of various sizes are situated around the lake for easy access.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Guide required
Not allowed to visit without a guide

Services nearby

Close to Reykjavík and Selfoss, so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are in abundance. Nearest hospitals are both in Reykjavík and Selfoss.
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The area is owned by the government, so a government permit is needed. Around the lake, there are vacation homes, which play a role in where you can film and set up basecamp. You will need a park ranger with you while shooting in this area.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government
Þingvellir is a national park.
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Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Basecamp and facilities

This location offers many possibilities for basecamps, tech bases and easy access for equipment. Around the lake, there are many small roads that lead to it and many small to medium parking lots. Near the more popular park attractions, there are a few bigger lots that can be used as big basecamps and there are a few camping grounds within the park, with running water and basic facilities. There are two visitor centres in the park, with most to all basic facilities. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

The lake springs from a lukewarm source, which means that it is always at 2°C-4°C, so swimming, diving or other activities would need to be planned and supervised by a safety team. The lake is extremely dangerous because of the cold temperature of the water.


The area is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions. There are park rangers in the area that can assist you. It is also a popular fishing spot and a camping ground.

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