Información acerca de Sandvík & Puente Continental

The Bridge Between the Continent at Sandvik is on the Reykjanes Peninsula.Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo by Josef Knecht

Sandvík, by the southwest tip of the Reykjanes peninsula, is a popular destination for travellers, best known for being home to the Bridge Between the Continents.

Explore this location while on a self drive tour in Iceland.

The Bridge Between the Continents

This bridge symbolically crosses the Mid-Atlantic Rift, the valley in between the North American and Eurasian Tectonic Plates. Iceland is the only place where this rift can be seen above land, and was created by a volcanic bloom beneath it that started 16 million years ago and continues today.

The valley runs right across the Reykjanes Peninsula, a short way along the South Coast, then intersects the island via Þingvellir National Park, the Highlands of Iceland, and the Lake Myvatn Area. This makes places such as the Westfjords and Reykjavík in North America, and the Eastfjords and Vatnajökull National Park in Europe.

The rift is several kilometres across, and thus the bridge at Sandvík is symbolic; though you are walking in the direction of the rift, you are not really crossing the continents. The experience, however, is a fun way to imagine the geology of the country, and an educational experience for young ones; there are many signs explaining the forces at work here.

Reaching Sandvík and the Continental Bridge

Sandvík is often visited on tours of the Reykjanes Peninsula, and can be reached within an hour’s drive from Reykjavík. It is also conveniently close to Keflavík International Airport, so a perfect first stop for arrivals who rent a car.

This is particularly the case due to the aforementioned wealth of information on site, not just on the rift valley but on Iceland more generally.

Other sites of interest on the Reykjanes Peninsula include the Seltún Geothermal Area, the cave of Leiðarendi, Kleifarvatn Lake and, of course, the Blue Lagoon. The region is a beautiful but stark volcanic wasteland well-worth exploring more closely for those with the time; it is often only seen by travellers on the transit journey between the International Airport and the capital.

 

Servicios cercanos Sandvík & Puente Continental

Todos los servicios en 50km radio

Puntos de interés cercanos Sandvík & Puente Continental

Búri

Buri, in the Leitahraun lava field on the Reykjanes peninsula, is widely considered to be the most spectacular lava tube in Iceland. Explore this are...

Ver

Gunnuhver

Gunnuhver is the name of an impressive and colourful geothermal field of various mud pools and fumaroles in the southwest part of the Reykjanes Peni...

Ver

Faro de Reykjanesviti

Reykjanesvíti is the oldest lighthouse in Iceland, located on the tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula. History of Reykjanesvíti Lighthouse Reykjanesví...

Ver

Piscina de roca de lava de Brimketill

Brimketill is a coastal rock pool on the Reykjanes Peninsula, renowned for its differing beauty between the seasons and its folklore. Folklore at B...

Ver

Laguna Azul

La Laguna Azul es un balneario geotérmico que se encuentra en la península de Reykjanes en el suroeste de Islandia. Es la atracción más popular de I...

Ver

Svartsengi

The Svartsengi Power Station is a geothermal powerstation on the Reykjanes peninsula. Its energy, as of 2007, measures at 76.5 MW, with about  475 l...

Ver

Hópsnes

Hopsnes (a.k.a. Thorkotlustadanes) is a small peninsula in Grindavik in Southwest Iceland. Many ships have stranded at Hopsnes and can be seen from t...

Ver

Grindavík

Grindavík is a fishing town on the southern side of Reykjanes Peninsula. It has a population of approximately 3,300 people. Explore this region on...

Ver

Miðnesheiði

Miðnesheiði is a heath on the Reykjanes peninsula. Keflavik airport is located on this heath, as well as the abandoned American military base. In 195...

Ver

Eldvörp

Eldvorp is a crater row of scoria and spatter cones located northwest of Grindavik on the Reykjanes peninsula in Southwest Iceland. The area has ext...

Ver

Puente entre continentes

Wikimedia, Creative Commons, Photo by Chris 73 The Bridge Between the Continents is a bridge on the Reykjanes Peninsula that connects the North Ameri...

Ver

Hvalneskirkja

Hvalneskirkja is a beautiful stone church in Hvalnes on the Reykjanes peninsula, built in the years 1886-87. The church's altarpiece is a remake...

Ver

Njarðvík

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Marek Slusarczyk. Njarðvík is a town located on the Reykjanes Peninsula in the southwestern part of Ice...

Ver

Aeropuerto Internacional de Keflavík

Keflavík International Airport (KEF) is Iceland’s only international airport and the port of arrival for the vast majority of visitors to the countr...

Ver

Keflavík

Keflavík (meaning ‘Driftwood Bay’) is a town in southwest Iceland, positioned along the Reykjanes coast, 47 kilometres (29 miles from Reykjavík. I...

Ver

Reykjanes

Reykjanes is a peninsula in South West Iceland, characterised by immense lava fields, volcanoes and heightened geothermal activity. One of the best...

Ver

Eldey

Eldey is a small island southwest of the tip of Reykjanes, and situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (see continental drift). Another island was formed f...

Ver

Sandgerði

Sandgerdi is a village on the Reykjanes peninsula, covering the western shore of Midnes to the northernmost part of the peninsula, Gardskagi. Sandge...

Ver

Selatangar

Photo from: The Ruins of Selatangar.  Selatangar is the ruins of a coastal fishing station in Iceland. It can be found in the south of the Reykjanes...

Ver

Ögmundarhraun

Photo from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Reykholt Ögmundarhraun is a lava field on the southern side of the Reykjanes Peninsula, which was formed b...

Ver