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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Until you start thinking about the forces that created it.

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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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