Bridge between continents

It probably seems impossible to walk from Europe to North America within a matter of seconds, but Iceland is a unique place where seemingly unimaginable feats are completely real. Midlina, also known as ‘Leif the Lucky Bridge’, is a 15 meter (50 ft) footbridge in the Reykjanes Peninsula spanning a gaping rift between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

The lava-scarred Reykjanes Peninsula lies directly on the Mid Atlantic Ridge, the site where these major tectonic plates are being pulled apart by the Earth’s forces. After crossing the bridge, you can pick up a personalized certificate from the Reykjanes Information Center verifying that the carrier did indeed walk all the way from Europe to America.

On the footbrigde guest will find, on the midway point of the brigde, a plaque reads, “Midlina, In the footsteps of the gods,” and it serves as a borderline between the Eurasian plate and North American plates. The two sides are marked: ″Welcome to America″ and ″Welcome to Europe″. 

The bridge is named after the famous explorer Leif Ericson, who was known for being the first Icelander to set foot in North America over 1,000 years ago. It also serves as a symbol for the connection between two continents, Europe and North America, new world and old.