Pack two activities into one day with this scuba diving and horse-riding combination tour. Those who want to immerse themselves into Iceland’s spectacular nature without missing out on a second of adventure shouldn’t miss this opportunity.
Your day begins when your guides pick you up from downtown Reykjavík, then drive to Þingvellir National Park, where the dive site is. This National Park has more than just awe-inspiring underwater worlds; it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its history, being the original site of the world’s longest-running parliament. It is also located right between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic Rift.
The movement between these plates causes tension on the landscape, and tears fissures open through the lava fields. As there is a huge amount of water flowing underground here, trickling through the pores of lava rock after melting from Langjökull glacier, it emerges in these ravines as spring water. Silfra is one such ravine.
Because of the subterranean filtration the water goes through before it reaches Silfra, it is some of the clearest and cleanest in the world. It is drinkable, and the visibility can often exceed 120 metres. For this reason, it is regularly voted one of the top five dive sites in the world.
When you arrive at Silfra, your guides will brief you on the location, get you into your drysuit, and lead you into the water. The dramatic plunging depths, the intensity of the blues, and the fact that you are literally diving between the continents will consume your mind for the entire tour.
You’ll marvel over Silfra Hall and Cathedral, before cruising through the underwater gardens that make up the Silfra Lagoon to the exit. After getting out, you’ll have a short walk back to the carpark, where your guides await with hot chocolate and cookies.
Next, it is time for the horse-ride. You will travel back along the road you came, to the beautiful and verdant Mosfellsdalur Valley which sits just outside of Reykjavík. Here, you will head over to the local horse-farm and meet your riding guides.
Unlike the scuba dive, where you need qualifications and experience to join, you can be a complete horse-riding novice and still enjoy this tour. As soon as you meet the Icelandic horses, you’ll see why they are perfect for beginners; they are small, sturdy, curious, friendly, and difficult to spook. If you are more experienced, however, worry not; you’ll have the opportunity to do more than just a gentle trot.
Mosfellsdalur is a beautiful place to ride through, with river systems, surrounding mountains, and quaint, sparse buildings. There is a lot of history here too; it was home to Iceland’s only Nobel Prize winner, Halldór Laxness, who won the prize for literature in 1955.
After enjoying your ride, you can hop back into your bus, and you’ll be whisked back to Reykjavík.
Don’t miss this combination of scuba diving and horseback riding. Check availability by choosing a date.
You must be a certified dry suit diver or have 10 logged dry suit dives signed by an instructor to join this tour. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women.
Please note that should you have any neurological, circulatory or respiratory problems or underlying diseases, battled any illnesses or have any physical problems you might have to turn in a physicians allowance to participate in this tour. If you are over 45 and partake/have partaken in pipe smoking or heavy alcohol intake, you might need a medical waiver. If you are over 60 years of age, you need a medical waiver. Please contact the operator for further information and application papers.