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The marvellous picture by Kasia from yesterday has inspired me to show this one. You can see here the charming small church and the modest Iceland Prime Minister residence here.
This area is of great significance and Unesco Heritage place.

The geological traits are fascinating here.

Iceland is divided by the Mid-Atlantic Rift; some parts of it, such as the Westfjords and Reyjavík, are on the North American tectonic plate, while others, such as Vatnajökull glacier and the East Fjords, are on the Eurasian plate. Iceland is the only place in the world where this rift is above sea-level, and nowhere can you see the edges of both plates as clearly as in Țingvellir.

As you enter the park from Reykjavík, you descend a steep cliff into a valley. Looking upon the face of this cliff is to literally look at the edge of North America. If you drive through the park, you will ascend on the other side adjacent to another wall; this is Eurasia. The valley in between, in which Țingvellir is contained, is the rift valley.
The tectonic plates move apart at approximately 2.5 centimetres a year and have done for millenniums.

I hope you will like it. Two similar views will follow in Workshops.

In case you wonder what is it this white thing, it is SNOW. :).

Better see in a large format.

holmertz, Besal, jean113, ikeharel, jhm, PaulVDV, worldcitizen, jemaflor, ChrisJ heeft deze opmerking als nuttig gemarkeerd

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