The crappiest midpoint in Iceland

About the crappiest midpoint you can find in Iceland is the official one. PIC Badly Drawn Dad

About the crappiest midpoint you can find in Iceland is the official one. PIC Badly Drawn Dad

A few years ago some bright individuals in what is known as Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland, the area where Keflavik International Airport and the Blue lagoon are located, came up with the idea of building a sturdy little bridge over a small sandy crevasse and advertise as special attraction for tourists.

Amazingly, they succeeded. This ugly piece of land is now attracting quite a few people. The reason is this is advertised as being the Miðlína, midpoint, of Iceland. No, not the midpoint of the country but the midpoint between North America and Europe.

This ugly piece of land is now attracting quite a few people

This is, in fact, the rift where the tectonic plates of Europe and America meet and tear Iceland apart little by little. True, the phenomenon is amazing and this rift can only be seen on land in Iceland in the whole wide world. Quite special indeed.

Problem is, this is the most horrible place to view this occurrence. It is just a sandy crevasse and has absolutely nothing to do with any footsteps of any Gods as the plaque suggests. That is just made-up bullshit.

Much more amazing are the rifts found in Thingvellir but such places can be found in lots of places as they cross the whole Reykjanes peninsula and extend deep into the country. The most majestic ones usually require you to get up on your ass and make some effort. Which is as it should be for everything worth anything in this world.

That said, we fully recommend a road trip around Reykjanes peninsula. The landscape here might not be very welcoming and winds blow here quite often and hard. But there is something special about it you cannot quite put into words. You´ll know it when you get there.

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