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a VirtualTourist member from Copenhagen

South Iceland

What's the name of this?

It might sound stupid, and I'm sorry if it does, but what is the bridge on the 3rd picture from "Leisure activities" of this link bluelagoon.com/Clinic/Leisur...

I ask because I've searched for "the rift" and "Gjáin" and I haven't found that bridge anywhere else.

Thanks in advance.



8 Answers


answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

It's on the Reykjanes peninsula and spans two tectonic plates. Named 'Leif the Lycky' bridge, it was built in 2002 and named after Leif Eriksson.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reykja...

icelandadventure.com/platebr...

community.iexplore.com/plann...




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Leif the Lucky bridge, not Lycky!!!




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Delft

Google Map coordinates are 63.868321, -22.675470




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Copenhagen

So then that bridge isn't the same as "the rift" ("Gjáin")?




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

The rift, surely, is the gap between the two tectonic plates which the bridge itself spans?




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Reykjavík

This is purely for tourists.

The rift valley is several kms wide (between 10kms-25kms)
If in Þingvellir for example, you would have to drive for a few minutes to go from on continental plate to the other on... Sounds a lot less "touristy" than "here I'm America and if I step here I'm in Europe"!!!

hi.is/~oi/geology_of_thingve...




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Copenhagen

I think I got it :)

Does any of you know how to get there by public means from Reykjavik? Without using a tour company.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Delft

The only way I can think of is to take the bus to the Blue Lagoon, and then hike ten kilometers.





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