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. The Bridge between Continents or Midlina 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. These major tectonic plates drift apart by the Earth’s forces, few centimeters each year. After crossing the bridge you can pick up a personalized certificate from the Reykjanes Information Center. It verifies that you did indeed walk all the way from Europe to America. Or at least between the two tectonic plates…
In the footsteps of the gods
On the footbrigde you 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 Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson. He was the first Euopean to set foot in North America over 1,000 years ago, according to the Sagas. It also serves as a symbol for the connection between two continents, Europe and North America, the new world and the old one.
How to get to the Bridge Between Continents
The Bridge Between Continents is located in the eastern-most end of Reykjanes peninsula, on road 420. The attraction is popular and included in many tours of the area. The bridge is about an hour’s drive from Reykjavik.
GPS: 63.868275 N, -22.675482 W