Book scuba diving tours in Iceland or participate in PADI courses and earn certificates with world-class instructors. Arctic Adventures Diving Center will ensure that your scuba diving experience in Iceland exceeds all expectations. Our guides come armed with many certificates and years of experience. Every diving site  we take you to, from Silfra to Garður, is phenomenal. Learn about and explore underwater Iceland with us. We guarantee memories you’ll treasure forever.

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Diving Sites And Locations In Iceland

If you haven’t yet learned about all of the top spots for scuba diving in Iceland, keep reading. From a fissure separating two continents to the coastal waters of the Atlantic ocean, decide what strikes your fancy and we’ll take you there!

Silfra

Unquestionably the most popular diving location in Iceland, this spot awaits at Thingvellir National Park. Dive in crystal clear glacial water in Silfra fissure with unparalleled 100m visibility.

The underwater landscape of Thingvellir National Park is so unique that it is included in UNESCO World Heritage list. This is no surprise considering that the North American and Eurasian continental plates actually meet in Silfra fissure. Ever wondered what it feels like to touch two continents at the same time when diving underwater? If you’re curious to find out, Silfra is for you.

Silfra Panorama in Iceland

Tours available: 

  • For those who are not yet dry suit certified, 2-day Silfra diving - PADI Dry Suit course is the way to go. 
  • If you already hold a PADI Dry Suit certificate and have your mind set on Silfra alone, join our half-day Silfra diving adventure. 
  • If you are in for a bigger adventure, check out our Tectonic Diving tour for a whole day of diving. Silfra is one of the two featured locations.

Bjarnagjá

This magnificent fissure is located so close to the Atlantic Ocean that it blurs the line between coastal and freshwater diving. Because salt water greatly impacts the ecosystem of  Bjarnagjá fissure, it is home to unique flora and fauna such as pink anemone and lurking eels.

Historically an old crab hatchery, this 18-meter deep lava ravine now shelters an old shipwreck that you get to explore during your dive. Bjarnagjá is isolated on both ends so no waves or currents form there, resulting in a uniquely peaceful dive.

Bjargja Diving in Iceland

Tours available:

  • Explore Bjarnagjá during our Geothermal diving tour, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore underwater geothermal activity in two different diving locations in Iceland
  • If Bjarnagjá alone is what interests you, you can choose it as a location for a half-day Iceland diving tour

Davíðsgjá

A darker and longer sibling of Silfra, Davíðsgjá is a monstrous crack in Lake Thingvellir. Its visibility is dependent on weather conditions but on most days it reaches an impressive 100m. Although often mentioned together with Silfra, this go-to diving site for many locals has promising sights and experiences of its own.

The size of the crack alone will leave a lasting impression. It is simply impossible to take it all in at once. The scale and underground architecture complement each other as you have plenty of space to explore massive lava formations.

Shy dwarf fish use the enormous lava rocks to keep out of sight, but you might be able to swim alongside massive trouts. If you’re keen on diving in locations off the beaten path, Davíðsgjá is your dream come true.

Diving Silfra Fissure in Iceland

Tours available:

  • Combine Davíðsgjá and Silfra into an unforgettable full-day diving adventure with our Tectonic Diving Tour.
  • To explore the depths of Davíðsgjá alone, book our half-day diving tour and choose Davíðsgjá as your tour location.

Garður

This old fishing pier features the highlights of coastal diving in Iceland. Garður is located at the end of Reykjanes peninsula and is rich with marine wildlife. Over 40 species of algae, a great many fish, soft corals, crabs, kelp forests and many more fascinating marine creatures call Garður home.

Since this is a coastal dive, visibility is a lot more limited than in freshwater tectonic fissures. Expect around 3 – 11 meter visibility depending on the season and tides. Still, if you get close enough to the bottom, you are likely to see camouflaged flounders with their eyes curiously poking out.  

Coastal Diving Gardur in Iceland

Tours available:

  • Garður is part of our Coastal diving tour, the perfect opportunity to discover Iceland’s best ocean dive sites

Explore Garður during a half-day Iceland diving trip

Kleifarvatn

A monument to geothermal activity in Iceland, this lake is one of the most remarkable diving locations. Although the smell of sulfur is not the most pleasant greeting, what lies underwater definitely makes up for it.

Bubbles that form under the lake’s floor and rush up to the surface, intense rock vibrations caused by the pressure from underneath, and many more unbelievable experiences make Kleifarvatn an exceptional dive spot.

Kleifarvatn Scuba Diving in Iceland

Tours available:

  • One of the two locations included in our Geothermal Diving tour is Kleifarvatn. Book the tour for an entire day of discoveries!
  • If it’s Keifarvatn alone that you’d like to explore, consider a half-day diving tour at this lake.

Fisherman’s Crack

This dive takes place in Lake Þingvallavatn, famous for its fissures and unique ecosystem. The lava rocks in this lake are young and porous, creating hideouts for fish and water full of minerals. The bottom is covered in vegetation and there are multiple cracks that ripped open on the sides, one of which we will explore in-depth during our dive.

Fishermans Crack in Iceland

Tours available:

Fisherman’s Crack is available as a half-day diving tour location or is used as a substitute during other tours if weather conditions don’t permit visits to the primary sites.

Abandoned Jetty

Weave your way through the pillars of an old shipping pier in Hvalfjörður (The Whale Fjord). Starfish and sea snails are in mass force, but the true beauty here is the macro life. Many nudibranchs nest in the large leaves of kelp that have grown around the pier like ivy.

Abandoned Jetty Scuba Diving Thingvellir National Park

Tours available:

Abandoned Jetty is available as a location for a half-day diving adventure or can be used as a substitute location during other tours due to weather conditions.

About Diver Training And Padi Certification In Iceland

PADI is an internationally recognized diver training organization. By obtaining PADI certificates, you prepare to tackle the challenges presented by different waters.

For the most part, PADI Open Water and Dry Suit certifications are enough if you want to book a diving tour with us. But with so many PADI specialty courses and levels out there, why not turn your recreational dives into a learning experience? You can combine some of the most spectacular diving spots in the world with a new scuba diving certificate!

Here at Arctic Adventures Diving Center, we can offer any PADI training and certification you’d like to obtain. Keep in mind that most PADI courses have a minimum requirement of two participants or more. Consider requesting PADI training together with your diving buddy. After all, it’s even more fun when you get to share this experience with a friend!

Read more about our PADI courses and get in touch with our team at dive@adventures.is to start planning your new adventure.

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meet our guides

Nick

Nick

"Captain Light"

Nick got nicknamed Captain Light because he also leads the famous Northern Lights hunts in winter. Growing up as a diver in the Red Sea, Nick soon realized teaching and guiding divers was a passion to be shared. He also worked as an oil and gas diver, so he simply cannot leave a single rock, shell, wreck or cave unexplored! Having been a part of the Arctic Adventures family for over 4 years, Nick knows the ins and outs of top diving spots around Iceland and is ready to plan your next diving adventure.

Kuba

Kuba

Aquaman

Kuba is our resident adventure man. He dives under ice, drives super trucks, snowmobiles on glaciers, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! A true explorer, Kuba will take you on even the most extreme diving adventures as long as you are ready for them.

Becca

Becca

Miss Media

Becca is our diving/social media selfie queen. Arriving in Iceland as a diver from the UK, she demonstrated mad skills in her dry suit and soon developed into an exceptional diving guide. Plus, she is an all-round selfie guru of Iceland’s hot spots, so great pictures are guaranteed.

Eliska

Eliska

Queen of the North

Coming from the Czech Republic, Elsika has made Iceland her home and loves to dive. She is a true explorer. Every day Elsika is in search of a buddy with whom to discover a new diving location in Iceland. Always with a smile on her face, Eliska will make your diving tour a happy experience even on a cold and rainy day.

Halli

Halli

Resident Viking

Our resident Icelander Halli loves to dress in orange, so it’s impossible to lose him underwater. On top of sharing his top level expertise in diving, Halli will have you smiling and laughing at all the tales and sagas of his country’s great history.

Diving safety and regulations

Important Warning Sign

Most people are able to get certified and go scuba diving as long as they are in reasonably good health. There are a few health regulations you need to meet in order to safely scuba dive in Iceland.

To join us for a dive on one of our tours, you need to:

  • be at least 18 years old and understand instructions in English
  • have a PADI Open Water and Dry Suit certification, or Open Water certification and a logbook with 10 logged drysuit dives in the last two years.
  • provide a health certificate if you’re over 60 years old.

Fitness:

The approach to and return from some of the diving sites is approximately 200 meters. You need to be able to walk that distance while wearing full equipment.

Silfra Walking Diving Equipment Thingvellir National Park

You are not allowed to go scuba diving in Iceland if you have or have had any of the following conditions:

  • Inability to perform moderate exercise (swimming 500m and walking 600m)
  • A heart disease, heart surgery or heart attack
  • A lung disease
  • Pneumothorax (collapsed lung), chest disease or chest surgery
  • Head injury that resulted in loss of consciousness in the past several years
  • Thrombocytopenia or other blood disorders
  • Colostomy or ileostomy
  • Epilepsy or conditions resulting in a sudden loss of consciousness
  • Obesity

Note: Pregnant women are not allowed to go scuba diving.

You are allowed to scuba dive if you have the following conditions and a doctor’s note (in English) affirming you’re fit to dive:

  • Higher or lower blood pressure than normal
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Asthma (mild to severe)

Please familiarize yourself with scuba diving safety regulations in more depth by reading our instructions for diving safety & requirements.

More About diving in Iceland

  • Iceland’s freshwater dives are considered the best in the world
  • Silfra Fissure in Iceland has the best underwater visibility in the world at 100 meters
  • Silfra dive site is open to divers all year round
  • Water temperature at Silfra is around 2-3 C
  • Iceland’s cold waters require dry suits when diving
  • You can get PADI Dry Suit certified in Iceland in just 2 days
  • Coastal diving tour allows you to sea dive in the Atlantic Ocean
Silfra Snorkeling Diving Sign Road Thingvellir National Park in Iceland

Best time to dive in Iceland:

Diving adventures are available year-round. Freshwater diving locations in Iceland like Silfra Fissure or Lake Kleifarvatn stay at consistent temperatures throughout the year. For example, Silfra is a steady 2-4 °C in all seasons. While that may sound chilly, with a dry suit you’ll be ready to hit the water. Diving in Silfra as well as other locations in winter ensures fewer tourists and great visibility.

FAQ

You need to join a guide in order to have the proper supervision and safety equipment. If you’re dry suit qualified, we recommend joining our Silfra scuba dive tour.

Yes, you can at Silfra! Silfra Fissure is one of the only places in the world where you can swim and dive beneath two continental plates. Some parts of the fissure are so narrow that you can reach out your arms and touch both continents at once.

The most popular spot to see when scuba diving in Iceland is Silfra Fissure. Under the water, explore valleys, seaweed forests and geological formations. Out of the water, you’ll also see the tremendous beauty of Thingvellir National Park. You can also see remote spots of North Iceland and East Iceland when scuba diving in less-known parts of Iceland.

This depends on where you’re diving and what group you’re joining. For example, our diving tour of Silfra Fissure lasts 5 hours altogether including instruction and walking to the diving point.

Yes, diving at Silfra is incredibly safe. But as with all adventure tours, and especially with diving, safety precautions must be taken. Learn more about diving safety and requirements.

When going on a dry suit dive, it’s incredibly important to bring the following with you:

  • Base layer: thin wool, fleece or synthetic thermals (no cotton).
  • Wool, fleece, or neoprene socks
  • A spare set of clothes and socks to change into
  • A towel (your hair, face, and hands will get wet)

We cannot provide you these base layer clothes and socks so be sure to pack them.

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