Here you’ll find information on Safety Regulations and Diving Equipment necessary for each diving tour. Please read the following carefully and comply with any listed requirements. If you feel you’re not able to comply with some or all of the safety regulations, we recommend choosing Snorkeling at Silfra instead.
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All our diving guides are highly skilled and experienced and are First Aid Certified through EFR or HSE First Aid at Work. Each Silfra Diving Guide is certified by PADI, ranging from dive master to IDC staff instructor. Dive Silfra center is run strictly under DAN (Divers Alert Network) Insurance in cooperation with PADI.
In order to join us on a dive tour in Silfra Fissure you need to:
No drysuit experience? Check out our 2-day package including the PADI Dry Suit specialty course on day 1, and our Silfra dive tour on day 2.
You are not allowed to dive or snorkel in Silfra if you have or have had any of the following conditions:
You are allowed to dive or snorkel in Silfra if you have the following conditions and a doctor’s letter (in English) saying you’re fit to dive:
Note: – Pregnant women are not allowed to dive or snorkel in Silfra.
If you intend to dive at Silfra, you are required to bring the following equipment:
We will provide you with the following necessary gear. However, you are welcome to bring and use your own equipment, as long as it is suitable for cold water diving.
The Suit: The drysuit has tight seals on the neck and wrists that stop water from getting in, which is what you want when diving in the glacial water. If you are claustrophobic, tight seals might be a bit uncomfortable, however, do not book the suit bigger than your actual size, as it won’t seal tightly and we will not have a replacement on site.
You will get wet: participants wear a hood and gloves made of neoprene, a different material than the suit, so your head and hands will get wet underwater.
Weather and water: water in Silfra is at 36°F – 39°F (2°C – 4°C) and originates in the Langjökull glacier about 50 km away. Outside temperatures in Iceland can be quite cold too. You will spend up to 5 hours outside on a diving tour so dress accordingly and make sure you have warm thermals, a winter coat, a hat and gloves during the winter.
Safety Disclaimer: be aware that Diving at Silfra has its own inherent risks and safety measures are treated with the utmost respect. When you join the diving tour, you may be requested to sign an additional liability release. We advise you to listen to your guide’s instructions and behave in a responsible manner. Those tourists who have no prior diving experience are advised to snorkel Silfra instead. Our guides reserve the right to refuse participation to any customer who they believe will not be able to complete the tour because of their physical condition, injury, or illness. In such cases, full cancellation charges apply.
155 cm – Max weight 70 kg
160 cm – Max weight 75 kg
165 cm –Max weight 80 kg
170 cm – Max weight 85 kg
175 cm – Max weight 90 kg
180-200 cm – Max weight 100 kg
155 cm – Max weight 80 kg
160 cm – Max weight 85 kg
165 cm –Max weight 90 kg
170 cm – Max weight 100 kg
175 cm – Max weight 110 kg
180-200 cm – Max weight 120 kg
Read this Handbook for diving in Silfra before your tour.