The perfect tour for those that want to dive in Silfra fissure in Iceland and need a dry suit certification!
Do you want to dive the famous Silfra fissure, but are not yet dry suit certified? During this 2-day package, you’ll complete your dry suit training on day one, and get to dive the fantastic Silfra on the second day. Join us on this adventure and experience diving in some of the clearest water on earth!
May 1st - September 30th
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
- Silfra Fissure
- Diving in Iceland
- North American & Eurasian Tectonic Plates
- A Unique Experience
- Free Reykjavik Pick-up & Drop off
- Guidance by Experienced PADI Dry Suit Instructor
- PADI Dry Suit Specialty Certification Card
- One Confined Water Session
- Two Open Water Training dives
- Two Dives in the Silfra Fissure Thingvellir
- Silfra Entrance Fee
- All Rental Dive Equipment + Dry Suit
- Hot Chocolate & Cookies After the Dives
Silfra Fissure – Diving in the World’s Clearest Water
A small ravine situated beneath the iconic Thingvellir National Park, the Silfra Fissure is consistently rated as one of the best diving sites in the world. It is famous for the crystalline glacial waters, which allows divers to see more than 100 meters in each direction and the beautiful emerald plants that populate the fascinating rocks below. It is part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which cuts through Iceland and marks the spot where Europe ends and America begins. This means that in the Silfra Fissure you will literally swimming between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. The glacial water of Silfra is so clean and pure that you can take a small drink of it before you dive down into its gorgeous blue depths.
The dive begins via a small steel ladder: when you enter you will be fully insulated in your dry-suit, although it may take a second for your face to get used to the temperature. Then as we explore this majestic turquoise world, you will get a profound sense of the beauty that nature creates. The dive itself is divided into four parts: The Silfra Deep Crack, the Silfra Hall, the Silfra Cathedral and the Silfra Lagoon. The most famous of these is the lagoon, where the water stretches into the distance and divers can see more than 100 meters in each direction.
Silfra is a diving site that inspires awe and wonder in equal measure, the ideal place to have an unforgettable experience, which will whet your appetite for the sport and leave you wanting more.
Pick-up: You will be picked up in Reykjavík, the pick-up time is at 08:00 AM. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is greatly appreciated!
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
The first day of the tour is all about learning, as our expert diving instructors teach you how to safely dive in a PADI Dry Suit. In the morning we will be in the classroom, where we will learn about diving theory, how to communicate underwater and how to manage your equipment. The afternoon will be spent in a local Reykjavik swimming pool, where you can practice being underwater and test all the new knowledge that you have gained followed by two open water training dives. These two dives take place in a lake or protected ocean site in the Reykjavik area depending on the weather conditions. We often go to the ocean, Lake Kleifarvatn or Lake Thingvallavatn, all amazing places to test our diving skills.
Day two is when all the action happens, as we make the scenic journey to Thingvellir National Park, to go on two guided dives on the magical turquoise world of the Silfra Fissure. There is no better way to put your newly gained diving skills to the test than in this spectacular underwater world, renowned for being one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.
Yes, you can bring a camera, but if it is not waterproof it will get ruined, so we would recommend it is waterproof.
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.
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.
You are not able to participate in the diving tour if you are pregnant.
Yes, we do require that you have drysuit experience for our diving tours. 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.
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.
All relevant information for the tour can be found in our diving handbook.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We use high quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three.
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.