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The Bridge between the continents

The Lava-scarred Reykjanes peninsula lies on one of the world's major plate boundaries, the Mid-AtlanticRidge. According to the continental drift theory, the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are continuously drifting apart with great forces under the gaping rifts. As the plates diverge, linear fractures, known as fissures form due to stresses are created by the tension that builds up as the plates move away from each other.

The bridge between two continents at Sandvík is a small footbridge over a major fissure which provides clear evidence of the presence of a diverging plate margin.

The bridge was built as a symbol for the connection between Europe and North America. One can cross the continental divide on Leif the Lucky's Bridge and take home a personalized certificate at the Reykjanes Information Center as a conformation and a reminder of this spectacluar experience

The Bridge is a popular spot for tourists and photographers as well. It is a unique attraction that you will only find on the Reykjanes Peninsula. It has an rough volcanic landscape and is easy to access via car.

How to get to the Bridge from Hotel Keflavik

 

 

 

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The Lava-scarred Reykjanes peninsula lies on one of the world's major plate boundaries, the Mid-AtlanticRidge