Sand Origin

Where river Ölfusá meets the Atlantic

Random Sand Fact

Want to cross from Europe to America and back in just minutes? And cross over a motionless river of black lava sand instead of over a sea?

At Iceland’s “Bridge Between Continents,” you can! To clarify –  at least between the American and European tectonic plates.

At a rate of a few centimeters per year, Iceland is slowly being pulled apart. The sand-filled scar of the mid-Atlantic ridge is visible to the eye. And there’s an actual bridge over it.

The black color of the sands under it are remains of basaltic lava. It tells of volcanic activity in the area, but that’s sand under the bridge now…

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