For anyone slightly interested in geology the Reykjanes peninsula is like a candy store or a wonderland. This small area is packed with samples of how the planet behaves over time, i.e. over a period of tens of thousands of years. Here you will find volcanoes, mountains and mountain rigs, a variety of lava, hot springs, craters, boiling clays, ravines, rhyolites, fissures, geothermal activity, high-temperature geothermal system and the list goes on.
A bridge where North America and Europe drift apart
The Reykjanes peninsula is not only a spectacular place to see and a great place to understand the ongoing, and everlasting struggle between surfacing magma and the many forces of nature, but also a home of a small part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is the only place where this longest mountain ridge on the planet that stretches from the Arctic to Antarctica is not under sea level. The ridge is where two tectonic plates meet and seem to be in agreement to drift apart. And here you can walk between the two tectonic plates on a bridge where North America and Europe drift apart.
A place to remember if you visit the Geopark
The canyon was formed by this movement and this geological agreement and drifts two centimeters per. year. If you walk the 18 meters long bridge, you are practically walking from one tectonic plate to another. The drifting is so slow that you will probably not feel the drift unless of course the plates decided to take a fight and send us an earthquake. In September of 2015, the Reykjanes Geopark became the 66th Geopark in the world and is a part of the UNESCO program.
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