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Silfra Diving Tour - Thingvellir National Park

Diving in Silfra fissure Iceland

A diving tour located in beautiful surroundings at Thingvellir National Park. See for yourself why Silfra is one of the world's most unique freshwater sites! Diving doesn't get much better than this!

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We take you where few diving tours in the world can – into the continental rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates! Thingvellir National Park is home to Silfra fissure, an out-of-this-world subaquatic rift.  This is without question one of the best dive tours the world has to offer. If you are a keen dry suit diver, make sure not to miss it!

We also have private version of the tour, Private diving tour in Silfra fissure, which can be customized.
  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    About 5-7 hours

  • Level

    Demanding

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    18

  • Ratio

    1:3

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik / Thingvellir National Park

  • Price from

    39.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Þingvellir national park (Thingvellir)
Silfra fissure
Diving between the continents
Tectonic rift valley
Scuba diving
Included
Guided dive tour in Silfra with a certified PADi® Divemaster
All dive equipment needed
Silfra admission fee
Hot chocolate and cookies

Silfra fissure in Iceland has become widely known in the last few years. Divers agree that this is one of the best freshwater dive sites in the world. Glacier water from Langjökull glacier that has been filtered through the lava field on its 50 years long journey to the fissure is so clear that the visibility is about 100 meters. Silfra is divided into four main sections that we will explore during the tour. The water in Silfra is at a constant 2-4 degree celsius throughout the year but all seasons have their charm under the surface. Silfra is situated in the heart of Þingvellir National Park, the founding place of the world’s oldest parliament and a UNESCO world heritage site. Silfra is an otherworldly scene located in the lava field directly on top of the continental rift valley between America and Europe.

Usually one does not want to be between a rock and a hard place but in the case of Silfra you want nothing more. Experience the weightless floating through the clear glacier water going in between the tectonic plates. The slow current gives one a perfect pace to explore this beautiful area. The fresh water visibility is an unmatched specimen, so wide and long that sometimes it is only limited by the density of the water itself. Depth varies from 10 to 40 meters. Our dive depth is limited to 18 meters by park regulations. This is without question one of the best dive tours the world has to offer. If you are a keen diver, make sure not to miss it!  Be aware that this is a challenging dive where you need to be capable of carrying heavy equipment up to 400m.

Pick up starts 90 minutes before your tour from our available Reykjavik pick-up points. Please note, that picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes so it is important to be ready on time.

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Requirements: Dry suit diving experience in form of either Dry suit certification, or a minimum of 10 logged dry suit dives. You need to have dived in a dry suit within the last 2 years. Your dive guide will ask you to see proof of your certification or logbook before the tour starts.

All divers have to supply their height/weight upon booking to ensure we bring you suitable equipment. For safety reasons all divers need to understand instructions in english and be able to communicate with the dive guide in english.

Age limit: Minimum 18 years old
Weight limit: 50-120 kg
Height limit: 155-200 cm

Remember to bring: Proof of dive certification and documented dry suit experience. Warm long underwear (fleece/wool), warm woolen socks, change of clothing (just in case) and a towel.

Kindly note: We are using top quality neoprene dry suits. However, no dry suit in the world can be 100% guaranteed to stay dry unless it is custom made especially for you. There is a small chance of water entering the suit. Please bring a spare set of clothes just in case.

No Drysuit certification?
Please contact our sales department for further information or if you want to add a Dry Suit Speciality course you can take the 2-DAY DRY SUIT SPECIALTY COURSE & DIVING IN SILFRA for 95.990 ISK.  Available from May-October.

Need glasses? 
Since you are wearing a snorkeling/dive mask to see underwater, there can be nothing in the way of the seal to keep them from filling up with water. That is, you can not wear glasses underneath the mask. You will have to go without them, wear contact lenses or bring your own goggles with prescription.

Directions: If you are meeting us on location, the meeting point is Silfra car park in Thingvellir National Park. Click here for driving directions to where you can park your car (parking “Thingvellir P5”). To meet your guide: Walk 400m back along the road until you reach a smaller car park with all the snorkel and dive vans, and look for your guide. Please be ready in the Silfra car park to meet your guide 15 MINUTES before your tour is due to begin.

For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W

Winter departures: If the air temperature falls below -0°C there is a possibility that the divemaster will change the tour into just one dive due to safety reasons.

Flying home? It is strongly advised to wait a minimum of 24 hours after you last dive before getting on a flight. 18 hours is the absolute minimum. 

Please note

The National park charges a small parking fee of 500 ISK for those that choose to meet on location.

This is a challenging dive where you need to be capable of carrying heavy equipment up to 400m.

Diving in Silfra fissure

On arrival to Silfra, dive guides will give a thorough dive briefing. This will include details about diving procedures, signs and signals, national park rules, your equipment, the route, and important information on how to use the drysuit.

Once you’re geared up, it’s time to walk to the entrance and get in the water. Entry is via steps that lead onto a large metal platform. The water will be waist deep as you stand on the platform so you can easily acclimatize to the feeling of the cold water on your face, and have a quick drink of the refreshing water. After each diver has done a weight check with the dive guide, it’s time to begin the dive!

You’ll be taken through each of the four sections of Silfra, and have plenty of opportunities to have a good look around. The first section near the entrance is the Silfra Deep Crack, which is long and narrow as it winds a little to the left and right. This then widens slightly into what we appropriately call the Silfra Hall, which leads to the deepest point at 22m called the Silfra Cathedral. After the cathedral, we turn left into the Silfra Lagoon, which is incredibly beautiful and the final part of the dive. After stepping onto the exit platform, your guide will help you remove your fins and you’ll have a chance to warm yourself up with roughly a 300m walk back to the car park. We can always remove your weights or even your gear if you have trouble walking with your gear on, and you can also have a rest back at the entrance which you will pass on the way back.

Once back in the car park, we’ll take the gear off you and get the hot chocolate and cookies out so you can warm your hands whilst you talk through the dive. The cost of the tour gives you the option of doing 2 dives in the summer (around 30 minutes each), but in the winter if the temperature is below freezing we will only do one longer dive (around 45 minutes) because the cold temperatures are more challenging.

Can I bring my camera on my diving tour?

You can bring a camera, but if it is not waterproof it will get ruined. We recommend a waterproof camera. You can hire a waterproof digital camera or buy a waterproof disposable camera from us.

Where is the meeting point for the diving tours at Þingvellir national park?

If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is at the Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National Park.

For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W.

Note that the National Park charges a small parking fee of 500 ISK.

We kindly ask you to be at the Silfra car park 15 Minutes prior to your tour starts.

Can we do snorkeling and diving at the same time?

Basically, yes. All you need to do is book separate tours for the same time. You will spend most of the day together in the water. But you will have separate guides. You will both take the same route in Silfra and see the same places.

I have no drysuit experience, can I still dive at Silfra?

Yes, we require you to, this will make things much easier and more enjoyable for you.
We do offer dry suit courses and after the course, you will be certified to use drysuits anywhere else in the future.


Note that you need to be able to swim to participate in any of our tours at Silfra.

Are there any weight restrictions to participate in the diving tours?

The general rule is if someone is greater than 2m tall or weighs over 140kg, then they would struggle to get into a suit. But it’s difficult to tell until someone tries on the suit because someone can weigh a lot because they have a lot of muscle. But this is the best rule of thumb we can give.

What is the best way to prepare for the tour?

All relevant information for the tour can be found in our diving handbook.

What are the requirements to dive Silfra?

The age limit for diving Silfra is 18 years old. We also recommend that you are physically fit and healthy, and no smaller than 155 cm/50 kg or larger than 200 cm/120 kg, due to available dry suit sizes. You need to be able to carry your full dive gear for about 250 meters.

I am dry suit certified, but I don't have my card with me. Can I still dive?

We will need to see proof of your certification. If you do not have your card, please contact us well ahead of your tour and we might be able to find you in the PADI online database (if you are certified with PADI). If you show up on the day without your card, we unfortunately will not be able to take you diving.

Will photos be taking during the dive?

The guide will normally not take a camera on the first dive. Silfra can be a challenging dive, and the guide needs to have his or hers hands free in case a diver needs assistance in the water. If everything goes well on the first dive, there is a chance that the guide will take a camera on the second dive. If photos are taken they can be purchased for 3 900 ISK in total for all photos. Talk to your guide on the day if you are interested in photos.

What is the depth and dive time when diving the Silfra fissure?

The maximum depth we are allowed to go to in Silfra is 18 meters. Most of the dive is spent at a shallower depth due to the topography of the site. The dive time is about 30 minutes per dive.

What is the water temperature in Silfra?

The water temperature is 2-4 degrees C (35-37 degrees F) all year round. The water comes from the Langjökull glacier which keeps it nice and cool, and very refreshing!

What kind of dry suits are you providing?

We use high quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three.

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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