Diving in Silfra
Deep Into the Blue
Diving doesn't get much better than this! See for yourself why Silfra is one of the world's most unique freshwater sites!
Price from 39.900 ISK per person.
- Þingvellir national park (Thingvellir)
- Silfra fissure
- Diving between the continents
- Tectonic rift valley
- Scuba diving
Rated: Demanding, PADI® license required.
Duration: Approximately 6 hours.
Pick up time: from your Reykjavík accommodation: 09:00 – 09:30 for tours at 11:00 and
09:30 – 10:00 for tours at 11:30.
On Location Time: If you prefer to meet us on location you need to be at the Information Center at Þingvellir 15 minutes prior to your tour start. GPS 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W (WGS84).
Minimum age: 18 years.
Included: Guided dive tour in Silfra with a certified PADi® Divemaster. All specialized dive equipment, including a dry suit, mask, fins, thermal undersuit, tanks, weights, regulator and second stage, all specially designed for the cold water. Silfra admission fee. Hot chocolate and cookies.
Remember to bring: Your PADI certificate (or equivalent), warm undergarments (fleece/wool), warm woolen socks and a change of clothing. The change of clothing is a precaution since no dry suit can be 100% guaranteed to be dry unless it is made especially for you.
This product is also available as a private tour, for more information click here.
- + − More details
Silfra fissure in Iceland has become widely known in the last few years. Divers agree that this is one of the best freshwater dive sites in the world. Glacier water from Langjökull glacier that has been filtered through the lava field on its 50 years long journey to the fissure is so clear that the visibility is about 100 meters. Silfra is divided into four main sections that we will explore during the tour. The water in Silfra is at a constant 2-4 degree celsius throughout the year but all seasons have their charm under the surface. Silfra is situated in the heart of Þingvellir National Park, the founding place of the world’s oldest parliament and a UNESCO world heritage site. Silfra is an otherworldly scene located in the lava field directly on top of the continental rift valley between America and Europe.
Experience the weightless gliding through the clear glacier water. The slow current gives one a perfect pace to explore this beautiful area. The fresh water visibility is an unmatched specimen, so wide and long that sometimes it is only limited by the density of the water itself. Depth varies from 10 to 40 meters. Our dive depth is limited to 18 meters by park regulations.
This is without question one of the best dive tours the world has to offer. If you are a keen diver, make sure not to miss it!
This is a challenging dive where you need to be capable of carrying heavy equipment up to 400m.
Winter departures: If the temperature falls below -0°C there is a possibility that the divemaster will change the tour into just one dive due to safety reasons.
Please note that the National park charges a small parking fee for those that choose to meet on location.
- + − Requirements
PADI open water or compatible required, PADI advanced and dry suit certificates recommended. All dives are performed in a dry suit. Divers have to supply their sizes of suit upon booking. To have dived in the last 2 years before diving Silfra, as it is challenging for new divers.
- + − Recommended
If you have not dived in a drysuit before, we highly recommend that you undertake a drysuit course before arriving to Iceland. Drysuit diving is different to wetsuit diving, as you have two forms of buoyancy to control- the BCD and the drysuit. It can be tricky in 2-4 degree water.
Please contact our sales department for further information or if you want to add a Dry Suit Speciality course for only an additional 15.000 ISK.
It is strongly advised to wait 24hrs after diving to fly.
- + − Need glasses?
Since you are wearing a snorkeling/dive mask to see underwater, there can be nothing in the way of the seal to keep them from filling up with water. That is, you can not wear glasses underneath the mask. You will have to go without them, wear contact lenses or bring your own goggles with prescription.
- + − Driving directions
If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is at the parking lot outside the Information Centre by the Thingvellir National Park campsite. Note: When driving from Reykjavík on road 36 you will first see a Visitor Centre and viewpoint for Þingvellir on your right-hand side. This is NOT the meeting point, keep going and drive further for 5-10 min on road 36 and you will see the Information Centre on your left hand.
Please note that the national park charges a small fee for parking.
If you have your own transport and want to meet us on location, then the meeting time is 10:45 for the morning departure and 11:15 for the afternoon departure, at the Þingvellir service center/campsite.
See map for details.
- + − Itinerary
On arrival to Silfra, dive guides will give a thorough dive briefing. This will include details about diving procedures, signs and signals, national park rules, your equipment, the route, and important information on how to use the drysuit.
Once you’re geared up, it’s time to walk to the entrance and get in the water. Entry is via steps that lead onto a large metal platform. The water will be waist deep as you stand on the platform so you can easily acclimatize to the feeling of the cold water on your face, and have a quick drink of the refreshing water. After each diver has done a weight check with the dive guide, it’s time to begin the dive!
You’ll be taken through each of the four sections of Silfra, and have plenty of opportunities to have a good look around. The first section near the entrance is the Silfra Deep Crack, which is long and narrow as it winds a little to the left and right. This then widens slightly into what we appropriately call the Silfra Hall, which leads to the deepest point at 22m called the Silfra Cathedral. After the cathedral, we turn left into the Silfra Lagoon, which is incredibly beautiful and the final part of the dive. After stepping onto the exit platform, your guide will help you remove your fins and you’ll have a chance to warm yourself up with roughly a 300m walk back to the car park. We can always remove your weights or even your gear if you have trouble walking with your gear on, and you can also have a rest back at the entrance which you will pass on the way back.
Once back in the car park, we’ll take the gear off you and get the hot chocolate and cookies out so you can warm your hands whilst you talk through the dive. The cost of the tour gives you the option of doing 2 dives in the summer (around 30 minutes each), but in the winter if the temperature is below freezing we will only do one longer dive (around 45 minutes) because the cold temperatures are more challenging.
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.
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