Overview

Geothermal powers set Iceland apart from most other destinations. Why not experience this phenomenon for yourself? Take your passion for underwater exploration to the next level as you dive into tectonic fissures known for their geothermal activity.

Highlights

  • Small Group Experience
  • Underwater Geothermal Activity
  • Two Diving Locations
  • Diving In Volcanic Fissures
  • Ocean Water And Freshwater Dive
  • Shipwreck And Old Crab Hatchery

Bjarnagjá and Kleifarvatn are the two diving locations you’ll explore during this day tour. Both of them feature interesting geothermal activity among other attractions. You too can dive in and among reverse waterfalls of bubbles, which rise from the geothermal pockets underneath these fissures.

The air from below gets pushed through porous rocks. Don’t be scared or surprised if you feel slight vibrations coming from the surrounding rocks! It is perfectly safe and truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As a bonus, Bjarnagjá proudly features an abandoned shipwreck and an old crab hatchery. You’ll get to take a peek inside during this tour.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability April-Oct
Duration 4 /6 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Demanding
Minimum age 18 years
Ratio 1:3 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes
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What's included

Included

  • Pickup & drop off in Reykjavik
  • Two guided dives with a certified PADi® Divemaster
  • All necessary diving equipment
  • All required safety equipment
  • English speaking licensed adventure guide
  • Hot chocolate & cookies

What to bring

  • Proof of dive certification and documented dry suit experience
  • Warm long underwear
  • Warm woolen socks
  • Change of clothing
  • Towel

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

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We start our adventure at Kleifarvatn, a brooding lake famous for its intense geothermal activity. The first signs are impossible to miss as the smell of sulfur greets us from the shore.  We’ll finish adjusting our equipment and dive in to discover where it comes from. All around you small bubbles will rise from the ground and form upside-down waterfalls.

As we approach a crater located in the middle of the lake, you’ll feel intense vibrations. Don’t be alarmed! The pressure that builds up underneath the lake’s floor is behind this peculiar and rare occurrence. This experience alone is why taking a dip in Kleifarvatn will be unforgettable.

Bjarnagjá is an 18m deep lava ravine, a testament to tectonic activity in Iceland. You will experience it during your second dive. If you choose to dive there, you won’t need to make a choice between freshwater and saltwater diving you can do both! While the fissure is mostly filled with fresh groundwater, the ocean is only several hundred meters away. Thus salt water influences its microclimate quite significantly and helps shape a unique ecosystem.

A huge shipwreck sits quietly in this rift. You’ll feel as if you’re on a real treasure hunt when you glide around it! Striking submerged caverns and an old crab hatchery are two other attractions in Bjarnagjá.

  • 8.30am - pickup from Reykjavik (10am if meeting on location).
  • 10.30am - first dive (Kleifarvatn geothermal lake), hot chocolate and cookies afterwards
  • 12.00pm - drive to Grindavik for lunch (lunch not included in tour’s price)
  • 13.00 (1pm) - second dive (Bjarnagjá), hot chocolate and cookies afterwards
  • 14.30 (2.30pm) - pack up and log the dives
  • 16.00 (4pm) - return to Reykjavik

If you’d like to be picked up from Reykjavik, we can arrange that. Choose one of our Reykjavik pickup locations and our car will be there at approximately 8.30 am (the pickup might take up to 30 minutes, depending on how many people are on the tour).

If you prefer to take your own vehicle and meet us on location, the details about the time and precise location will be communicated to you closer to your tour date. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure there aren’t any delays.

Certification and documents:

  • PADI Open Water diver certification (or higher)
  • Drysuit certification or a minimum of 10 logged dry suit dives
  • At least one logged dry suit dive in the past 2 years
  • Proof of certification or logbook (your guide will check the documents in the beginning of the tour). 

Other requirements:

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.

Please read our Diving Handbook for more information about the tour.

Age limit: Minimum 18 years old

Weight limit: 50-120 kg

Height limit: 155-200 cm

We use top quality neoprene drysuits. However, no dry suit in the world can ensure 100% waterproof qualities unless it is custom made for you. There is a small chance of water entering the suit. Please bring a spare set of clothes and a towel just in case.

Remember that this is a physically demanding dive and you will need to be able to walk approximately 200m (650ft) with your equipment.

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