Information about Bridge Between Continents

The Bridge Between Continents (Miðlína) is an attraction found on Reykjanes peninsula, not far from Keflavík international airport. This is a short footbridge (15 metre/50 feet long) that crosses a sand-filled fissure, and connects two lava plates. The bridge was built as a symbol of the connection between Europe and America as the fissure clearly shows how the Eurasian tectonic plate and the North American tectonic plate are gliding apart.

Iceland is located right on top of the meeting point of these two tectonic plates, and the country itself is full of large fissures and canyons that scar the country alongside the edges of the tectonic plates. The plates are constantly edging apart, creating both earthquakes as well as volcanic activity, and this increases Iceland's size by about 2 square cm each year.

Visitors are urged to cross the bridge, and symbolically walk from Europe to North America in a matter of a few seconds. Only symbolically though, as the meeting point of the two tectonic plates is not that small in size.

The bridge is found by road 420, on the eastern side of Reykjanes peninsula, about an hour's drive from Reykjavík.

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Bridge Between Continents

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Hvalneskirkja

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Keflavík

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Eldey

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Selatangar

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