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Immerse yourself in a world of incredible underwater vistas, and discover why Iceland is ranked amongst the world's top three sites for cold water diving.

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Immerse yourself in a world of incredible underwater vistas, and discover why Iceland is ranked amongst the world's top three sites for cold water diving.
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5 Day Summer Self Drive | South Coast & The Highlands with Landmannalaugar

Grab this chance to explore must-see destinations and the unique Icelandic Highlands on a 5-day road trip. This self-drive tour gives you the freedom to roam without having to worry about a group or tour guides.  You’ll drive your rental car to visit Iceland’s most famous attractions, including the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle, and get to know the incredible Icelandic Highlands, all at your own pace. All accommodations and a vehicle will be arranged prior to your arrival, so all you have to worry about is creating amazing memories. On this tour you’ll take the road less travelled, as you journey into the unforgettable highlands of Iceland. You’ll drive through Kaldidalur Valley, a highland passage which has been used for centuries, and explore the Landmannalaugar area which is renowned for its natural beauty. There you’ll marvel at gems like the Laugahraun lava field and Ljótipollur crater lake. In addition to the beautiful highlands you’ll drive up the diverse and beautiful South Coast of Iceland, stopping at landmarks like the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and Skógarfoss, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and, of course, the famous Golden Circle. There are also exciting additional activities available for you to adapt the journey to your preference. These extras include glacier hikes and snowmobile tours, as well as trips to geothermal spas such as the Blue Lagoon. Don’t hesitate, now is your chance to have the experience of a lifetime, on a road trip in Iceland! Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5 days
Available:
Jun. - Sep.
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Freedive Silfra Tour in a Wetsuit

Marvel over Iceland’s hidden underwater world on this freediving tour of Silfra ravine. This trip should not be missed by those who love snorkelling but want more freedom than a standard drysuit tour would allow. This tour begins in the carpark by Silfra in Þingvellir National Park; you can specify during booking if you would like to be picked up and dropped off. Þingvellir is one of Iceland’s most famous spots, being the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland as it was the original site of what is now the world’s longest-running parliament. The geology of Þingvellir is of more interest to you, however. Located right between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, it has become riddled with ravines as they have pulled apart. Due to underground meltwater travelling through the porous lava rock from Langjökull glacier, all these ravines fill with water, which has been filtered for decades.  It is thus some of the cleanest and clearest in the world. You can drink it, and see for over 120 metres. Your guide will tell you all about your route and the safety requirements, before getting you in your wetsuit and providing you with your equipment. Once your group is ready, you will head to the staircase and enter the water. The first thing you’ll notice is that it is chilly; the second thing is that it's unbelievably beautiful. You’ll warm up as you swim through Silfra, diving to its depths and exploring its dramatic features. For about forty minutes, you’ll immerse yourself in this underwater world, with far more freedom and flexibility than other snorkelers and divers in their drysuits. Once you get out of the water, you’ll return to the car-park for some hot chocolate to warm up with. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the underwater wonderland of Silfra. Check availability by choosing a date. 
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Duration:
4 hours
Available:
Jan. - Nov.
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Silfra Diving Experience & Golden Circle Day Tour

Join this exciting day tour to explore the Golden Circle before experiencing the thrill of diving in Silfra fissure. Start the day by visiting the active geothermal area of Geysir, where Strokkur geyser erupts every 5 to 7 minutes, and the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, the most photographed waterfall in Iceland. Other stops on the day include the Kerið crater and the Hveragerði geothermal village, as well as some lesser-known attractions. In the afternoon, you will visit Thingvellir National Park. Once you reach the park, your driver will leave you at the Hakið viewpoint, where you will have the chance to take in the stunning panorama of the valley. From here, you can explore the park and the stunning natural beauty on offer there. Make your way towards Silfra, the tectonic fissure, in good time for the 4.45 pm dive start time. Your diving guide will welcome you at the Silfra meeting point, where they will provide you will all the necessary equipment. Once you're all kitted out, your guide will give you a detailed briefing of the area and explain what you can expect of the tour itself. At this point, you will be ready to make your way to the entry platform. For about 30 minutes, you will dive in the crystal-clear water that fills the crack. After being filtered for centuries through the lava rocks, this is the purest water you will ever swim in. During your dive, you will explore the four main areas of Silfra: the Big Crack, the Hall, the Cathedral and the Lagoon. At the end of the diving tour, you will make your way back to the meeting point, where your guide will help you to get out of your drysuit, and you will be offered hot chocolate and cookies to warm up. Now it's time to drive back to Reykjavik. You are welcome to take this time to relax and enjoy the views, while you enjoy the memories of the day's adventure. This tour guarantees small groups and professional, knowledgeable guides that will be happy to answer your questions about the area and the activity. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
10,5 hours
Available:
Apr. - Sep.
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PADI Dry Suit Diver Course | One Pool Session & Two Open Water Dives

Take the plunge with this PADI Dry Suit Scuba Diver course in Iceland to discover the true freedom of underwater exploration, including one in-pool session and two open-water dives.  With its glittering glacial water and stunning submerged caverns, Iceland is one of the most beautiful places on Planet Earth to earn your PADI Dry Suit Diver qualification. This course is the perfect opportunity for experienced divers looking to expand into cold-water scuba, or for new underwater adventurers eager for an exciting challenge during their trip.  Scuba Diving in cold water requires an entirely different set of skills to diving in warm, tropical waters. Becoming a certified dry suit diver means you will learn new ways to control your buoyancy, such as releasing excess air from your feet or adding air through a chest valve.  Professional and experience Scuba Diving Instructors will guide you through each step, both in theory and practise, to help you become a certified and confident PADI Dry Suit Diver. Throughout the experience, they will ensure you have a thorough knowledge of dry suit diving with an emphasis on safety and fun.  Please keep in mind that this is a physically demanding activity; your two open-water dives will provide ample practice in the cold Icelandic waters, making you better prepared for any future adventures. Beforehand, your instructor will spend a morning with you in the pool, completing your confined water session.  Your two open water dives in the ocean will reveal the hidden beauty that lies beneath Iceland’s coastal waters, as well as instilling in you a level of confidence you could never have believed possible. Please note that dive sites are determined on the day of the course and depend on weather and sea conditions. Don’t miss your opportunity to earn an essential scuba diving qualification with this PADI Dry Suit Diver Course in Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Duration:
10 hours
Available:
All year
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Diving Silfra Tour | Dry Suit Dive with Pickup

Book this thrilling adventure and dive where the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates meet at the gorgeous Silfra fissure. The filtered glacial water has a visibility up to 120 metres, making it one of the clearest dive sites in the world. The Silfra fissure continues to widen ever so slightly every year and it is filled with crystal clear glacial water. The reason for the clearness of the water is because it runs through the lava fields and gets filtered on the way to Silfra. It takes the water a few decades to reach Silfra from the glacier Langjökull and making this most pristine water on the planet and a unique dive site. Your Silfra diving experience begins with a pick up from your accommodation or from a bus stop in Reykjavík city centre. During the one-hour drive to Þingvellir National Park, your guide will introduce you to the unique geological and cultural history of Silfra and the surrounding Þingvellir area. All divers on this Silfra diving tour must have dry suit diving certification or have logged 10 dry suit dives within two years of the Silfra dive date, which must be confirmed with written proof from a diving instructor or a log book with instructor signature.  Divers must understand English instructions for the diving tour and be 18-years or older. Please note that all divers have to read, fill out and sign a diving medical statement for this tour. Divers that are 60-years or older need to bring a physician’s approval that they are fit to dive to be able to join this tour. The dive lasts for about 35-40 minutes. A light current will lead you to the end of the dive in the beautiful Silfra Lagoon. After exiting the water there, you will walk about-350 meters back to the car park where there will be hot chocolate and biscuits waiting for you to help you warm up before you head back to Reykjavík. Do not miss out on this opportunity to dive in some of the clearest water in the world at Silfra. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5 hours
Available:
All year
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Dry Suit Diving Tour at Silfra

Join this fantastic diving tour and explore one of the most unique diving sites in the world at the Silfra fissure in Iceland. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to dive and discover the crystal clear waters that run through the Silfra fissure. The North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart from each other little by little each year creating a continental drift that runs through Iceland. The water that runs through Silfra is filtered glacier water from Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. This filtration leads to visibility of up to 120-metres and a diving site that no dry suit diver should miss out on. The diving tour starts at Silfra which is located within Þingvellir National Park. This tour is perfect for self-drive divers that are not planning on returning immediately to Reykjavik and want to continue their journey straight on from Þingvellir National Park. You must be at least 18 years old to join this tour and have an Open Water certification and dry suit certification. Divers need to speak and understand English instructions. All divers are required to read, fill out and sign a diving medical statement. All divers 60 years and older need to bring confirmation of good health from a doctor. Divers that have dry suit experience but no official dry suit certification can either bring a log book with 10 logged dry suit dives signed by an instructor within the last 2 years or get a confirmation letter signed by an instructor stating that the diver has the necessary experience to dive at Silfra. If you do not have a dry suit certification or do not have a dry suit experience than we can not allow you to join this tour. The dive takes 35-40 minutes and the whole tour takes in total approximately 3-hours. Please note that the drive to Silfra from Reykjavik takes approximately 1-hour. The meeting point is the Silfra car park where you will meet your highly experienced guide who will get you equipped and guide you through Silfra. Don’t miss this opportunity to dive in some of the clearest water in the world and join this unique diving tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
3 hours
Available:
All year
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Night Time Free Dive at Silfra Fissure

Swim like a fish through the crystal clear waters of Silfra Fissure, in Þingvellir National Park, with this amazing nighttime freediving tour. This is a great opportunity for both experienced freedivers and newcomers to the sport, allowing participants to experience Silfra under the cover the starlight.  Depending on your pick-up option, you will either be transferred from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Þingvellir National Park or meet your friendly and experienced freediving guides in the Silfra car park. Once there, you will meet up with the rest of your group and be briefed on the activity ahead.  Your guide will provide information on everything, from how to use the equipment to the origins of Silfra’s glacial water. They also ensure to teach you the correct breathing techniques in order to stay under the water for greater lengths, thus allowing you greater freedom to explore the site.  To keep you warm throughout the experience, you will be adorned in a wetsuit, as well as neoprene hoods and gloves. You will also be taught how to correctly use your mask, snorkel and fins, making your freediving experience in Silfra Fissure all the easy. You will also be provided with a torch in order to navigate the fissure throughout the tour.  When you finally take to the water, you will be amazed by the stunning visibility—often up to 100 metres—as well as the dark shades of blue, the submerged canyons and the luminous “Troll Hair” algae. With Silfra’s deepest point reaching roughly twenty-five metres, you’ll have the freedom to hone your freediving skills throughout the fissure.  Don’t miss your chance to dive like a fish around the gorgeous Silfra glacial spring, found in Þingvellir National Park, and you too can experience one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. Check availability by choosing a date. 
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Duration:
4 hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Diving Tour | Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park

Dive the crystal clear waters of Silfra and explore this underwater gem! This place is one of the best dive sites in the world and should not be missed by any adventure-seeking diver.  Silfra is located at the UNESCO world heritage site in Þingvellir National Park which is neither located on the Eurasian nor the American tectonic plates, but in a rift valley between the two. As these plates move, they pull apart the earth, creating cracks and fissures that are then filled with underground water from nearby glaciers. As the water flows from the glaciers, it gets filtered, and so when it reaches the fissure Silfra, it is so pure that the visibility can reach over 100 meters. On this tour, you decide whether you'll be picked up in Reykjavík or, if you are travelling the Golden Circle yourself, you meet your guides near Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park.  At the site, the dive guide will do a briefing about the dive and go over the equipment before entering the water. While diving in Silfra, the maximum allowed depth is 18 meters, and you cannot dive in any overhead environment. However, that does not take away anything from the experience or the beauty of the place.  During the dive, the guide will take professional photos of the experience but that if anything comes up during the dive, pictures might not be taken as the safety of the divers is the main priority. Once you've surfaced, you'll get hot drinks and snacks before you are driven back to Reykjavík or continue your Golden Circle sightseeing tour. Discover the blue, underground world of Silfra fissure and dive between two continents on this exciting tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
5 hours
Available:
All year
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Diving in Silfra Fissure & Whale Watching in Faxafloi Bay

Venture the clear waters of Silfra fissure and dive between two continents before heading out to the deep blue seas in search of whales and wildlife in Faxaflói bay. If you want to have two essential Icelandic experiences on the same day, this is the tour combo for you.  Your journey commences at your designated pickup place in Reykjavík where a shuttle bus collects you for the first leg of your adventure. Within an hour's time, you will be at Þingvellir National Park, ready to gear up for the transparent waters of Silfra. The dive is undertaken in a dry suit and the water will be cold, so make sure to dress in warm thermals underneath. After a quick but thorough briefing, you will start your descent underneath the water’s surface to explore the otherworldly scenery below. Silfra is known as one of the top dive sites in the world, and diving in such a magical place is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Nothing can quite prepare you for the view from beneath the water. Colourful corals, unmatched rock formations, dancing vines and white sand all appear before you, amidst a crystal clear visibility of a water pure enough to gulp down.  Once two dives are completed, you will be driven back to Reykjavík’s Old Harbour for your next adventure of the day. Search for the cetacean of Faxaflói bay, explore the bay’s surrounding areas and learn about the places and landscapes on the horizon. For approximately three hours, you will search for whales in the open seas, but whale watching in Iceland boasts a success rate surpassing 90%. Orcas, fin whales, dolphins, blue whales and sperm whales are all likely candidates to appear, so pull out your camera and get ready for a close encounter with these magnificent and intelligent creatures. After you return to shore early in the evening, you can continue exploring the downtown or catch your ride back to your accommodation to enjoy the rest of your night.  Don't miss out on this fantastic Icelandic water combo of diving between two continents before meeting the whales of Faxaflói bay. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Duration:
12 hours
Available:
Apr. - Aug.
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Scuba Diving Adventure | Visit a Shipwreck in Faxafloi Bay

Embark on an underwater adventure in Iceland by joining a scuba diving tour that visits the shipwreck Sigurjón HF 210. If you want to enjoy a unique experience within Iceland’s capital, then get your scuba gear on and join this exciting excursion.  Your adventure begins as you meet up with your local guide in Reykjavík City. You will be fully equipped with an insulating diving suit and scuba diving gear, as well as being informed of all necessary safety regulations needed for the exploit ahead. The vessel which you will be visiting sank in 1992, between two small islands just outside of Reykjavík. Since the depth of the ocean here is only 12-24 metres (40-80 feet), depending on the tide, an open water certificate suffices―as opposed to more advanced levels of diving certifications.  You will begin by making the short and scenic RIB boat ride up to where the wreck is located, enjoying the views of the many islets of Faxaflói Bay, such as Lundey, Viðey, Engey and Þerney. During the summer season, puffins nest in many of these islands, meaning you might just get the additional pleasure of glimpsing these adorable creatures. Once you have arrived at the location of the wreck, it’s time to descend underneath the surface of the ocean and explore the forgotten world below. The ship itself is in prime condition, except that the front of its bridge has collapsed, giving the whole scene a haunting and otherworldly allure. Although the level of visibility can never be fully guaranteed, on most days it is excellent, providing a stunning underwater view as you swim past the fish circling the sunken historical monument, where colourful corals grow along the vessel's muddy deck.  Your knowledgeable guide will happily answer all of your questions about the shipwreck, as well as the islands and wildlife that you will encounter during your adventure. Once you have emerged from the water, you will be brought back to the harbour to enjoy a much-deserved cup of hot chocolate.  Don’t miss out on this incredible underwater exploit in Iceland’s, diving under the surface of the sea to explore a sunken shipwreck. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Duration:
3,5 hours
Available:
All year
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Diving Silfra & Horseback Riding Tour

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. 

Duration:
8 hours
Available:
All year
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About Diving Tours in Iceland

Scuba diving and free diving tours are largely conducted in Silfra fissure, in Þingvellir National Park, but some take you to other magnificent diving locations along Iceland’s coast. Scuba diving tours are only accessible to qualified divers with drysuit certifications or 10 logged drysuit dives within the past two years. Free divers and snorkellers must know how to swim.

1. Do I need to have drysuit experience to dive in Silfra?

Yes, you must be able to provide evidence of previous dry suit experience within the last two years.

2. Do I need scuba diving qualifications to dive in Silfra?

You must be a qualified PADI Open Water Diver, or an equivalent level.

3. Will there be time to refresh my skills?

There will be a few minute period at the beginning of the dive in which you can re-acquaint yourself with the activity, but there will be no time to go over basic underwater skills.

4. How long does the dive last?

The dive can last from half an hour to an hour, depending on the speed of your breathing. There will usually be two dives unless otherwise specified.

5. Can you scuba dive in Silfra during winter time?

Yes, scuba diving tours are operated year round in Silfra.

6. What is the water temperature in Silfra?

The water temperature is 2-4°C (36-39°F) all year round.

7. What is the water visibility in Silfra?

The water in Silfra is amongst the clearest in the world with water visibility between 80 and 100 m (262 and 328 ft).

8. Are there any other dive sites except Silfra?

Yes, though only specific operators run tours there. Other scuba diving sites include Garður, Litlaá, the El Grillo "Cricket" wreck, Strýtan and Davíðsgjá.

9. Will I see any wildlife on my dive?

There are a number of fish species that live in the adjacent lake, Þingvallavatn, though they rarely venture into Silfra. Small fish often use Silfra’s caverns as a nighttime nursery.

10.  I’m not a confident diver, but can I still dive in Silfra?

Yes, but be aware of the physicals challenges. Silfra is a cold water site, requiring a dry suit and heavy equipment—diving in Silfra is, therefore, more physically demanding than warm water diving. If you are not sure about your cold water diving abilities, perhaps you should consider booking a Silfra snorkelling tour instead.

11. What physical requirements must I fulfil to partake in a diving or scuba diving tour in Silfra?

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 a diving or scuba diving tour in Silfra. If you are over 45 and are a pipe smoker or a heavy alcohol consumer, you might need a medical waiver. If you are over 60 years of age, you need a medical waiver. Please contact the respective tour operator for further information and to receive the application papers.

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