Silfra Fissure, Glaciers & Volcanoes - Diving Experience


Diving in Iceland is a truly unique experience and is one that can be enjoyed all year round.  This five day Icelandic trip is a fantastic introduction to diving in Icelandic waters, offering dry suit scuba divers diverse and interesting diving opportunities.  Amidst the diving, there are also opportunities to relax and soak up the geothermal energy of the world famous Blue Lagoon and go in search of whales on a guided whale watching boat trip.  Based in a traditional Icelandic hotel on one of Reykjavik's oldest streets, you will be ideally located to partake in each day's activities.

Situated within the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Thingvellir National Park, the Silfra Fissure, remains between 2°C and - 4°C all year round and is among one of the most extraordinary dive sites in the world.  Firstly, it is situated above sea level within a narrow canyon in the lava field between the two continent al plates of North America and Europe, a continuation of the Mid Atlantic Ridge which bisects the Atlantic.  Divers will get the unique opportunity to dive between the two continents with one hand on each!  Divided into three sections - Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon, we endeavour to explore all three sites during the two dives in the Fissure.

Secondly, due to the combination of glacial melt water from the Langjökull glacier some 50km away and groundwater from the surrounding area, the visibility in the Silfra Fissure is excellent, generally around 100+ metres.  Furthermore, the water, which has taken around 20 years to reach the Fissure is as pure as you can get and perfectly safe to drink during the dives.

Another day of diving will have you immersed in geothermal energy as we take you to Lake Kleifarvatn, which harbours just recently discovered underwater hot springs.  Even before entering the lake, the geothermal energy will be apparent from the white and yellow sulphur deposits on the lake floor and the gas bubbles emanating from in between.  Divers will literally feel the energy as they descend, with air bubbles creating pressure and vibrations within the rocks, described by some divers as diving into an earthquake.

Above the surface once again, there will be the opportunity to visit some nearby hot springs, where you will be able to witness bubbling mud pots and steam rising from the ground.  There is also the chance to be dropped off at some geothermal pool in Reykjavik on the way back to bathe in the hot tubs and thus round off this day geothermally.

After two active days of diving, the last day in Iceland will follow a somewhat more leisurely, though very much still water-based itinerary.  Renowned for providing some of the best whale watching in the world, the morning will be spent surveying the Icelandic waters for such species as Minke and Humpback Whales and Orca as well as Dolphins and Porpoises.  Whale sightings of course are very much dependent on the sea conditions and the season.  There may also be opportunities to observe birdlife, including puffins and other seabirds. This boat based whale watching trip will be led by knowledgeable guides who will be able to provide assistance in identifying different whale species and advising where to look as well as answering any questions.

For your final afternoon, we will take you to the Blue Lagoon, where you will be able to bathe in the warm (37-39°C) geothermal saltwater, whilst soaking up the geothermal energy and scenic beauty in one of the world's best known medical spas.  Renowned for its unique capabilities of cleansing body, mind and soul, you will come away from the Blue Lagoon feeling refreshed, relaxed and revitalised.

NOTE: Whilst you can dive in the Silfra Fissure all year round, during the winter months (November - February) Lake Kleifarvatn can often freeze over, therefore the Geothermal Dive may be unavailable. Other diving day trip options are available. Please visit our Iceland Diving webpage for further details.

If you have the time and the inclination to stay longer, however, to explore more of Iceland's dramatic landscapes or partake in some more adventures activities such as additional diving, rafting, glacier hiking or biking, please Contact Us to discuss the options.  During the winter we can also combine a trip similar to this with opportunities to observe the Northern Lights.

Itinerary

5 Day Sample Itinerary

Please note that this itinerary can be shortened, lengthened and changed to incorporate any of the other short trips you can find through the Iceland Home Page on our website.

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik

Please Contact Us to receive a flight quotes.

You will step onboard a pre-arranged shuttle to your hotel.

You will be spending the next 4 nights in a comfortable traditional style hotel within the heart of Reykjavik on a bed and breakfast basis, conveniently located on one of the city's oldest streets, in close proximity to shops, restaurants and bars.  Hotel upgrades can be arranged.

 

Day 2: Dive Silfra Fissure

You will be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik and driven to the Thingvellir National Park.  Throughout the 45 minute journey, your guide will point out sites of interest and provide an insight into some of the area's history and geology.

After receiving a full briefing about what to expect from your forthcoming dive and gearing up it will be time to take the plunge into the crystal clear waters below.  The water is so pure that you may even wish to take a refreshing sip.

The intention is that you will get to experience all three of Silfra's main dive sites, which include Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon.

Created by the underground wells, the slight current will ensure that your dive into the crack is an easy one.

After the first dive you will make your way back along a challenging but rewarding 250 metre path with your dive gear before taking a break with a hot chocolate and cookies.

After a busy day of diving, you will dropped back to you hotel in Reykjavik. For further details about this Silfra Fissure diving trip, please Click Here.

 

Day 3: Kleifarvatn Lake Dive

Today you will be surrounded by geothermal energy, both above and below the water on a somewhat otherworldly but fascinating diving experience.  You will be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik in a 4 WD and driven just 30 minutes to the dive site, located in the middle of nowhere amidst a fascinating landscape.  After the guide has provided a briefing about this geologically unique dive site and you have adorned your dive gear, you will enter Kleifarvatn Lake.  As water and gases rise from a hole in the centre of the underwater hot springs, you will start to feel the vibrations!

Following the dive, you will be taken to some nearby hot springs in Krysuvík, where you will be able to observe bubbling melting pots, steam rising from the ground and a landscape covered in colourful sulphur deposits.

If you would like to continue your geothermal explorations further still, bring your swimming gear and you can be dropped off at some geothermal pools in Reykjavik, then make your own way back to you hotel from there.

 

Day 4: Whale Watching & Blue Lagoon

You will spend your last day surrounded by water once again, but this time you will pack away your dive gear and enjoy the day a in a more relaxing style.  This morning you will take to a boat and go in search of whales in Faxafló Bay from Reykjavik.  During this whale watching trip, you will be on the lookout for such species as minke, humpback, fin and orca.  For further details about this expert guided whale watching trip, please Click Here.

This afternoon you will head to Iceland's famous geothermal spa - the Blue Lagoon for an ideal finale to your Iceland experience.  Here you will be able to soak up the beauty of your surroundings and breathe in the fresh air whilst bathing in the naturally heated pure geothermal seawater.

 

Day 5: Depart Reykjavik

After breakfast, a shuttle transfer bus will come to your hotel and take you to the airport.  Alternatively, if you are departing on the afternoon flight, you will have the morning free to explore Reykjavik and spend as you wish.

Dates

01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2019 - from £ 1,095

based two people sharing a standard double / twin room

Price includes
All accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
All guided activities and equipment as specified in the itinerary
Transfers between airport and Reykjavik
Entrance to Blue Lagoon

Price excludes
Flights
Travel insurance
Items not specified

Hotel Upgrade to Deluxe Room From £45 per person. Further hotel upgrades are available.

Diving Requirements Divers require a Scuba dive certification (PADI Open Water or equivalent).

Activity Level Demanding

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