Between two continents

Category: Places


Photo and caption by Erin Ainsley Lough

In Iceland, you have the opportunity to dive between the divergent tectonic boundary of the American and Eurasian plates. The two continental plates slowly drift apart 2 cm per year. I wanted to capture the true essence of how clear and pure the water is. The reason for its sublime clarity is due to the many years the water has traveled to get there. Its journey from melting ice glaciers, to the lava fields, to its final destination of Thingvellir Lake, it could take a total of 50-100 years. You are submersed in physical history as you literally float between two continents.

Location: Silfra crack, Thingvellir Lake, National Park Thingvellir, Iceland


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