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Iceland: Fault Lines and Glaciers

October 17, 2015

We embarked on a day trip out of Reykjavik to see some geological marvels. First stop was at Guffloss Waterfall, a real monster.


The sun appeared just as we arrived which made for some great colors. The Hvítá River dances through a hundred-foot deep canyon while doing a jog in its path and the effect is truly startling.




Behind us were some mountains through which flowed a layer of dense fog, I assumed. A closer look revealed something different – the largest glacier I’ve ever seen.


After an hour or so of clambering about the site, mesmerized, we set off for Thingvellir, a unique place in that North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet there. The setting is serene.


Until you start thinking about the forces that created it.


The Icelandic government has thoughtfully made a path between the two plates. A bad place to be caught in an earthquake, I would imagine.



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