Geothermal Chimneys & Silfra Fissure Diving


This trip is for experienced divers only, since the maximum depth is around 30 meters (100 feet).  On this trip you will visit two of Iceland's best dives sites, the Silfra fissure in Thingvellir National Park and the Strýtan geothermal chimney in Akureyri.

After being picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik, you will be driven North to the fjord Eyjafjörður.  During the journey, you will be able to observe much of Iceland and its beautiful landscapes.  Upon arrival the dive boat will be waiting to take you on 2 boat dives to the big and the small geothermal chimneys [you can also begin this trip from Akureyri].

The Strýtur are giant submarine geothermal silica cones that rise from the 70 metre deep seafloor in Eyjafjörður.  It's a fascinating dive site and of great interest to divers and scientists alike.  The Strytan chimneys are a completely unique diving wonder that has only recently been discovered and the only one we know of in the world. This dive requires outstanding buoyancy control and reasonable physical fitness.

It was 1997 when Erlendur Bogason and his friend Árni Halldósson, captain on the whale watching boat Níels Jónsson found the 55 meter high cone they named Strýtan. The top of the cone measures metres under the surface and it is estimated that around 100 litres of 75°C hot water per second flows out of the cone and into the sea.

Strýtan started forming towards the end of last ice age, about 10,000 years ago. The cones are made from magnesium-silicate from the sea, similar ones of which are usually only found between 2,000 and 6,000 metres or deeper.

On the trip you will also visit the newly discovered chimney's which are a group of smaller chimney´s where different marine life can be found and one of the places we always see the wolfish.  The little Strytan chimney may be smaller than its counterpart across the fjord, but it is no less interesting. If anything, many divers, given the option, will prefer re-visiting the smaller of the two chimneys. The reason for that is the abundance of exciting and varied marine life found around the 10m tall cone-shaped stack of pink algae covered rocks and mineral deposits. Ranging from the minuscule skeleton shrimp to the menacing, yet friendly wolf fish; nesting lumpsuckers, colourful scorpionfish, inquisitive cod - not to mention nudibranchs and crustaceans of all stripes.  Furthermore, with the bottom at 20-25m, this site is the shallower and less challenging of the two.

On the second day will drive to the beautiful Nesgjá lava fissure for an unforgettable fresh water dive in a secluded location. Often referred to as ´Silfra´s counterpart´, this crystal clear glacial melt water-filled crevasse is part of the same fault line as Silfra, separating the North-American continental shelf from the Eurasian one. After your dive, you will snorkel in a geothermally heated river where reasonably sized trout are often spotted up close, along with the mysterious ´dancing sands´.  You may even wish to do this in just your swim suit!  Afterwards you will visit one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls Goðafoss (The Waterfall of the Gods) and the charming town of Húsavík.

On the last day you will get up and after breakfast drive back down South to the National Park Thingvellir where you will do 2 dives in the Silfra fissure.  Situated in the heart of Þingvellir, the site of the world's oldest parliament and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Silfra lava fissure is one of Iceland's best kept secrets and presents a somewhat unearthly scene.  

Located directly on top of the rift between the continents of America and Europe, the crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you glide along with the lazy current.  Visibility here is amazing and is only limited by the density of the water itself.  Depth varies from 10 to 30 meters.

Dates

Price from £1,320, based on two people sharing a double / twin room

Price includes
5 guided dives & 1 guided snorkel
4 nights B&B accommodation (Hotel in Reykjavik & Guesthouse* in Akureyri)
All transportation as per itinerary
Tanks
Weights

*Accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels in Akureyri can be arranged for private departures.

Price excludes
Dive kit rental
International flights
Travel insurance

Available Fixed dates March - October. Please contact us to discuss private trips.

Experience Required Advanced Scuba Diver Certification (PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent)

Minimum Age 18 years

Duration of Trip 5 days

Minimum Group Size 4 persons

Maximum Group Size 6 persons

We recommend you bring Warm clothes, long underwear, thick socks, dive equipment (all dive equipment can be hired)

Activity Level Demanding

Please Note All dives are performed in a dry suit, consequently, divers are required to provide details of their sizes prior to the trip. Please confirm your height, weight and shoe size so that we can ensure you are provided with the best fitting dry suit.