Silfra Iceland is located within the heart of Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates have been moving apart at the rate of 2 cm per year. Exploring the sub-aqua marine world of Silfra will reveal rock formations which are simply incredible. There are four sections to the fissure: the deep Silfra Crack where you can have your photograph taken between the continents, Silfra Hall which is majestic, the expansive deep blue world of Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon with its amazing level visibility. This dive has a maximum depth of 18 meters.
Silfra is in Þingvatn, the lake at Þingvellir. Although fish seldom venture far into Silfra fissure there is an abundance of colorful marine algae including the famous bright green ‘troll hair‘. The countless shades of jewel-like blue and green which are seen throughout this dive are breathtaking.
Snorkeling in pure glacial melt-water offers a level of visibility which is unrivaled anywhere else in the world. This water flowed from Landjökull (Long Glacier), it has been filtered on its journey through the lava for around fifty years, it is rich with volcanic minerals and is so pure you can drink it.
Visibility is further enhanced by all year round low water temperature of between 2-4 C.
Snorkeling in an underwater canyon in the crystal clear waters of Silfra will take you into a magical and colorful sub-aquatic world. This is absolutely a one-of-a-kind, once in a lifetime experience!
Where is Silfra located?
Silfra Fissure is located at Þingvellir National Park. You need to park in Þingvellir National Park car park P5. You will see the Silfra hut on your way in and you will then need to walk back around 400 m. The distance from Reykjavík is 40 km. If you are traveling from an easterly direction the distance is 178 km from Vík. Other attractions nearby include the Golden Circle. You are already at Þingvellir National Park! Gullfoss waterfall is 70 km and Geysir is 60km.