|Enormous Gulfoss Falls|
|Cave-like rock formations at Þingvellir (Thingvellir) on the Eurasian Tectontic Plate.|
|Water flows from the falls where the Vikings redirected the river through the cliffs at Þingvellir.|
|Visitors walk through the rift between the tectonic plates.|
North America is on the left and Eurasia is to the right.
|A view of the rift while standing on top of the Eurasian Plate.|
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is the historic site of the first parliament, the summer meetings of the Icelandic cheiftains and their entourages, where laws were reviewed and enacted through group consent. It is also one of the rift zones between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates that are moving apart at a rate of two centimetres a year. The North American cliff face has been pushed upwards in strangely shaped blocks of stone, while the Eurasian side is more eroded and covered with mosses and plants. It is easy to see why the Viking chieftains chose this area for their summer meetings.
I find the rock formations fascinating! I'm certain they will appear in my artwork in the future.