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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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