Lava caving and Snorkeling in between tectonic plates
The Black and Blue – a day tour from Reykjavík
This summer I am setting on a mission to take on every adventure that comes my way and as a part of it taking on quite a few Arctic Adventures trips that I have been wanted try out. As I began I decided to start by going snorkeling in between the tectonic plates at Silfra and visiting my first lava cave.
This sounded like the perfect way to start an adventurous summer in Iceland and boy was I right!
It was amazing!! Everything about this trip made me love my little island, even more, which I did not even think was possible. I started by visiting the cave and I didn’t really know what to expect I mean it is a cave. I was not expecting much more than a black little cave and not much to see but, it was a really fun!!
I got to know a lot about the volcano activity in Iceland and how all of these caves all around the island have formed, it was very fascinating and the guide was super knowledgeable. The cave itself is called Leiðarendi, which means the end of the road, and there is a good reason for that name which I got to see on the tour. During some parts of the tour, you have to crawl under and between the lava rocks and other parts giants could fit. We were also offered to turn off our headlights and when we did, the guide told us a scary story and I am usually not one to get scared but when I was in 100% darkness it was a whole different story. It was such an adventure and I would most definitely recommend to a friend.
Now on to the snorkeling at Silfra.
I could talk about my snorkeling experience for hours it was that much fun, I mean you are floating between two continental plates and are in the clearest freshwater snorkeling and diving spot in the world.
Silfra is located in Þingvellir which is a national park, this fissure has the clearest water you will ever see, it has been filtered through the underground lava rocks for over 100 years and has a visibility of 100-150 meters if anyone were to come to Iceland they should with no doubt go snorkeling or diving in Silfra, nothing compares to it, it is a once in a lifetime experience.
Snorkeling at Silfra fissure is an activity like no other. It's the only place in the world where you can snorkel or dive in between tectonic plates. Instagram is filled with great captures from this place, we gathered a few.
Snorkeling in Silfra fissure takes you in between tectonic plates. It is actually the only place in the world where you can do so. Find out more.
I went on the lava caving tour with my two Belgian friends, it was so cool! We got all the equipment we needed from our guide who was very helpful. Everyone was picked up at their accommodation then we went to the volcanic area.
When the driver dropped us near the glacier, our glacier guide provided us with all the equipment we needed. We were given glacier crampons to put on our hiking shoes so we wouldn't fall or slide about. We, also, were given ice axes for additional support.