The Þingvellir National Park has a special status which is inseparably tied to certain places within the national park retaining their natural character, partly for
the sake of nature itself, and partly due to the important events which took place as Þingvellir, traces of which have been left behind in the earth.
By its management the national park administration seeks to protect this special value, so that it will not be diminished although many visit and enjoy it. The society of present and future reaps most benefit from the national park when a reasonable compromise between conservation and utilisation is achieved. The purpose of conservation is to ensure the possibility of equivalent future use.
The main principle of the national park’s management is that nature not be disrupted beyond what has already occurred, unless the impact on the special value of the site is insignificant, and the change is conducive to utilisation relevant to the unique aspects of the national park. When the impact of management decisions relating to the balance of conservation and utilisation is unclear, conservation has priority.
In its services to visitors, the park places emphasis on outdoor activity and instruction on nature, history and the heritage sites which typify the national park beyond other places. All man-made structures, organisation and management of the national park shall embody respect for its special status.