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Diving in Iceland - Deep Into the Blue

Diving in Silfra

Diving doesn't get much better than this! See for yourself why Silfra is one of the world's most unique freshwater sites!

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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 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
    9 am - 3 pm
  • Level
    Demanding
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    Yes
  • Min. Age
    18
  • Ratio
    1:3
  • Price
    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 at 90 minutes before your tour from your Reykjavík accommodation. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

Requirements: You can view the medical form all divers must fill out before going on the tour which is sent by email upon booking. If you mark YES on any of the questions in section 1 then you will not be able to participate. If you mark YES on any of the questions in section 2 you will need to get this approval form filled out by your Physician.
PADI® license and be able to understand instructions in english. Proof of Drysuit certification or 10 logged drysuit dives are required. You must also have dived within the last two years. Divers have to supply their sizes of suit upon booking.

Remember it is strongly advised to wait 24hrs after diving to fly.

No Drysuit certification? Drysuit diving is different to wetsuit diving, as you have two forms of buoyancy to control- the BCD and the drysuit. It can be tricky in 2-4 degree water. 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.

Remember to bring: Your PADI certificate (or equivalent), Drysuit certification or log book w/ 10 logged dry suit dives, warm undergarments (fleece/wool), warm woolen socks and a change of clothing. The change of clothing is a precaution since no dry suit can be 100% guaranteed to be dry unless it is made especially for you.

Directions: If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is at the parking lot outside the Information Centre by the Thingvellir National Park campsite. Note: When driving from Reykjavík on road 36 you will first see a Visitor Centre and viewpoint for Þingvellir on your right-hand side. This is NOT the meeting point, keep going and drive further for 5-10 min on road 36 and you will see the Information Centre on your left hand.
Please note that the national park charges a small fee for parking.
If you have your own transport and want to meet us on location, then the meeting time is 15 minutes before the departure time, at the Þingvellir service center/campsite.

See map for details.

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

Please note

The National park charges a small parking fee 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 prefer to meet us on location you need to be at the Information Center at Þingvellir 15 minutes prior to your tour start. Make sure it’s the Information center NOT the Visitor Center.

For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W (WGS84).

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.

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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