Diving in Silfra (Þingvellir National Park)
PARTNER TOUR – HANDPICKED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU
Dive between two continental plates in the bluest and clearest water you’ll ever see. A must do for all divers.
Enjoy this amazing underwater world with clarity that can’t be matched anywhere and swim between two of the biggest continental plates on the planet. You need to be an certified diver to enjoy this activity.
If someone in your group is not a certified diver they can still join you by doing the Silfra Snorkeling Day Tour.
Pick up included
Shorter if you use your own transportation
1-4 divers per diving guide
Participants must be:
be at least 150cm tall
be at least 45kg
be at least 14 years of age
be a certified diver at the level of PADI Open Water or equivalent
bring proof of their diving certification
be physically fit
be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit
not be pregnant
Your SCUBA dive certification card
suitable clothes for the weather of the day (to wear before and after tour)
Free hotel pick up and return in Reykjavík
2 guided dives
all necessary equipment
hot chocolate and cookies during the dive break
entrance fee of ISK 1.000,- into Silfra
Pick up and transportation
Pick up is offered from your accommodation in Reykjavík and is included in the price but you will be driven to Þingvellir National Park where Silfra is located. During the drive to Þingvellir the guide will tell you about the unique geology and cultural history of Silfra and the national park.
Arrival in Þingvellir
Upon arrival your guide will give you a detailed briefing of the dive site and the most important aspects of dry suit diving. The guide will then assist you setting up the dive equipment which is high quality BARE and Buddy brand Scuba Equipment and Apex regulators.
The Diving Experience
The tour include two dives where each dive will take about 30-40 minutes with a break in between. Maximum depth is 18 meters. In the winter, if temperatures drop below 0°C, to ensure your safety and comfort you do one extended dive for 40-50 minutes.
During your dive you will explore the four main parts of Silfra: Big Crack, Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and the Silfra Lagoon.
You will float through Big Crack, Silfra’s narrowest section and where the continental plates are so close you can almost touch them.
The fissure then widens into Silfra Hall. Here the full spectrum of Silfra’s colours and clarity become all the more apparent. At this point if you look at just the right angle you can see all the way to Thingvallavatn, over 150m away. Near to the opening to Thingvallavatn we will enter the Silfra Cathedral; as the depth reaches 23m you feel like you are flying over the boulders and glacial silt. Your dive will finish in the Silfra Lagoon.
Comments from previous guests
“Silfra Dive. Cold but worth every second”
We were in iceland only for the weekend. But this was on my father and I's must do list. We were told it would be cold and they were great and helping us into dry suits and explaining everything very well. Even though they tell you the water is only 1 degree celsius that is hard to imagine (and I am from Canada) So getting in was cold and a bit disorienting. I did well as I have snorkeled a lot. But my father had more difficulty. So I recommend this if you are a strong swimmer and comfortable snorkeling. The water is very clear and it is an extremely cool experience. I am very glad I did it!
“Awesome dive at Silfra”
My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Iceland touring the ring road. My scuba dive with dive.is at Silfra was the highlight of the trip for me. The dive crew were very seasoned, and did a good job showing me how to use a dry suit for the first time. Being from Florida, I was apprehensive about diving in the cold water, but the suit made it very comfortable. Silfra is an awesome dive experience and if you are certified, this is a must see if you go to Iceland.
“Unbelievable place to dive”
When my friend and I were planning a spur of the moment trip to Iceland and found out there were dive opportunities in Iceland we were intrigued. When we found out the diving takes place in between the continents we were thrilled. Going with Dive.Is was great. Everyone we dealt with was professional, and they were very accommodating when we needed to make a last minute change to the day we were diving. Patric gave a great orientation to diving in a dry suit (a first for me). The dive was gorgeous and words can't describe what it's like - so different than my previous dives but absolutely a worthwhile, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
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