Imagine scuba diving in crystal clear water between the tectonic plates, and capturing the moment on camera? If underwater photography is your passion, Silfra will transport your creativity to another world. Not only can you take pictures in possibly the clearest water in the world, but you can photograph what the mighty Mid-Atlantic Ridge looks like underwater, Silfra is the only place in the world where you can do this. For us at Magmadive, we think Silfra is the clearest, purest and most beautiful water you will ever dive in, and a must see for anyone diving in Iceland.
Like the Great Blue Hole in Belize, or the Cenotes Caves in Mexico, Silfra has an allure that goes way beyond just a dive site. And anyone that has dived it with tell you that seeing that clear blue water shimmering for the first time, drives the imagination wild with desire – it’s simply one of life’s beautiful moments. And let’s not forget! You are diving in water that comes from a 1000 years old glacier. A glacier like many others in Iceland that one day, sadly, will not be there at all. Only perhaps, a distant reminder of these magnificent structures left by chasms scorned by the violent melting from some of the oldest ice on planet earth.
Distance to Dive Site: 44km from Reykjavik
Trip duration: 5-8 hours
Place of Departure: Reykjavik City
Start Times: Between 9-11am & 1-3pm (exact times TBC)
Price: 39,900 ISK per person
Difficulty Level: Challenging.
Bring with you
1.) Drive 44km to the Thingvellir Valley National Park 2.) Enjoy Scuba Diving at Silfra Fissure 3.) Relax in National Park 4.) Drive back to Reykjavik
Please note: All of our itineraries are at the mercy of the Icelandic weather and not all dives are guaranteed. We will always endeavor to make an alternate plan.
Magmadive is now collaborating with Nordurflug (helicopter service www.heli.is) to offer a James Bond style, Silfra Diving adventure for clients seeking the ultimate adventure experience. Fly over Þingvellir get dropped off close to Silfra, then Magmadive takes over from there. For more info check out heli diving
After diving at Silfra why not continue onto the classic Golden Circle. This classic collection of the island’s most famous natural spots – Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss are a must-see for anyone. Contact us for more details.
What is the best time to dive Silfra?
Depending on road conditions to the Thingvellir National Park, Silfra is available to dive all year round, regardless of the weather. Typically, the summertime is always the best time to take advantage of dazzling light displays and more pleasant outside changing conditions. Wintertime can present a much tougher experience on the body, but with even better underwater visibility, and a better chance to encounter more marine life. Whatever time you decide to visit Iceland, choose sensible clothing and adequate thermal protection.
Why is Silfra a challenging dive?
One of the world’s top dive sites it may be, but also challenging for two good reasons. Firstly, the water temperature is 3℃ and secondly, there are lots of different depths to explore. This creates a thrilling arctic experience, that can sometimes, without the correct buoyancy control – overwhelm divers, making them go to the surface without stopping. This can lead to injury or even worse. Our advice to anyone that thinks they lack the confidence to dive Silfra would be to snorkel instead – its a lot safer.
Do I need to be drysuit certified to dive Silfra?
A drysuit certification is required or proof of 10 logged drysuit dives and we can offer Drysuit certification courses from May to October just send us an inquiry.
For more information on drysuit diving – visit www.drysuitdive.com – Your Definitive Guide to Drysuit Diving
Is there any marine life at Silfra?
Each spring, bright green algae finds life on volcanic lava rock, dancing in the gentle current, close to the silent groundwater springs entering Silfra. This elegant plant then blooms in the summer months before beginning its inevitable decline towards the winter. Throughout the year, small Arctic char live amongst the darkness, between the cracks and under the crevices at Silfra. They can often be seen hiding but are quickly scared away. On rare occasions, magnificent giant Trout from lake Thingvallavatn swim upstream into Silfra in search for food. Over the many years, both species have evolved to survive together in extremely cold water (2-3℃), and play an equally important part for preserving the natural balance in the circle of life within Silfra.
How do I get to Silfra with my own transport?
Getting to Silfra by car takes about 45 minutes drive from Reykjavik. The road will take you north east through Mosfellsbaer before heading along the Thingvallavegur mountain pass and finally into the Thingvellir National Park. Once at the Silfra site, there is a signposted car park where everyone meets. For directions, please contact us for a detailed map, or simply type the words “Silfra” into a GPS navigation system, or by using Google maps on your smartphone.