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“Centrally located and worth a short stop”

Parliament House (Alpingishus)
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Golden Circle Day Trip by Minibus from Reykjavik
Ranked #74 of 182 things to do in Reykjavik
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

While the building itself (builtin 1881) is underwhelming, the site of the world's oldest Parliament is definitely worth a visit for those who are interested in learning more about Iceland's politics and history. While much of the building is off-limits to guests who are not on a guided tour, there is a small but beautiful garden that is open to the public. You can also take a free ~30-minute tour of the entire building, just by going to the website and asking to set up a tour in advance. My friends and I found the tour very informative, and enjoyed our visit to the building.

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Reviewed 6 June 2014

After hearing and reading all about the impressive history of the world's oldest parliament in Þingvellir, I was somehow expecting the Alþingi to have a "wow" effect.
Well, it doesn't.
First of all, it's mostly closed to the public (with the exception of a small garden).
Secondly, it does not stand out as a unique nor distinguished building. It's just a dark brick building, dating back to 1881.
Having said that, you're bound to pass by it during your walk in downtown Reykjavik, so you might as well know where the Icelandic parliament resides.

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

I became interested in the current Parliament House after seeing the location of the former Parliament House in the 9th century (first stop of the Golden Circle Day-tour). Learning that the current Parliament House is located in Reykjavik, I was excited to visit it on my last day in the city.

I was disappointed to find out that it is not opened to the public. People I asked did not know which building it was (perhaps they're tourists too like me!) and there was no sign at the building which I presumed to be the current Parliament House.

Lesson learned: Don't waste your time finding or locating it since is it not opened to the public.

Thank LolaGo1
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

A nice place to spend a moment or two while touring the city. It's nice that it's accessible to all from the outside but you can't go in. Helpful to know a some history beforehand to make it a little more special.

Thank TravelingSuz
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

The parliament sitting in the middle of the city, with no fences and a nice little park outside. It is a far cry from Westminster. This building was heartwarming as well as nice to look at....read the message on the Cone of Civil Disobedience outside...really struck a chord. If only all nations could think like Icelanders about the accountability of politicians!

Thank AsparagusLady
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