According to the continental drift
theory, the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates shift
and drift apart in an endless clash of awe-inspring forces under the
gaping rifts and chasms at the tip of the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland
and elsewhere in the drift zone or the Icelandic Graben.
It actually is the continuation of the Mid Atlantic Ridge.
Over 1,000 years ago, the first Europeans to sail to
America were Bjarni Herjolfsson, a native of Hafnir on the Reykjanes
peninsula, and Leifur Eiriksson "The Lucky". Their long and dangerous voyages were
made in open longships.
The first white man who was
born in north America was Thorfinnur karlsefni Snorrason. He
moved to Skagafjordur in north Iceland.
legends from the late 15th century, a
nobleman on board on vesel to Iceland
(Ingjaldsholl) was no
other than Christopher Columbus, who had undertaken this
trip to study the journeys of Nordic seafarers to North
America. He spent the whole winter to do so.
Today, however, you can follow in the footsteps of those early explorers
by crossing the continental divide on Leif the Lucky's Bridge, and take
home your own personalised certificate as a confirmation and a lasting
reminder of this
SOUTHWEST ICELAND SAGA TRAILS
Bridgee beetween two continent are Sandvik
summer of 2005, Sandvik became the main location for filming
Clints Eastwood’s film the “Flags of our father”.
About 7km south of Hafnir by road 425