Imagine scuba diving in crystal clear water, in between two tectonic plates, and capturing the moment on camera? Join our Silfra Diving Tour and this will be your reality for a day!
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.
Due to Silfra´s unique location 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, which makes this a completely unique dive site!
We at Magmadive believe that Silfra Diving is by far the best day tour you can do while visiting Iceland. In summary Silfra is the clearest, purest and most beautiful water you will ever dive in, and therefore one for the cold water bucket list!
Much as the Great Blue Hole in Belize, or the Cenotes Caves in Mexico, Silfra has an allure that goes way beyond just a dive site. Anyone that has dived the Silfra fissure will tell you about this visibility wonderland. It is simply one of life’s beautiful moments, due to the crystal clear water.
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. Therefore, let your Silfra diving be a reminder of the magnificence of the these ancient ice structure.
Kindly read this Handbook for diving and snorkeling in Silfra before your tour.
Distance to Dive Site: 44km from Reykjavik
Trip duration: 5 hours without transport, 7 hours incl. transport from Reykjavik
Place of Departure: Reykjavik City or meet us on location in Thingvellir.
Season: All year round
Price: 39,900 ISK per person
Difficulty Level: Challenging. Dry suit experience required.
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.
Silfra is available to dive all year round. 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 tougher experience on the body because of the cold air temperature. However the visibility can be even better during the winter months, and you have the chance to experience a true white winter wonderland. Whatever time you decide to visit Iceland, choose sensible clothing and adequate thermal protection.
One of the world’s top dive sites it may be, but also challenging for two good reasons. Firstly, the water temperature goes down to 1 ℃ 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.
A drysuit certification is required or proof of 10 logged drysuit dives. We offer Drysuit certification courses from May to October. Just send us an inquiry if you would like to get dry suit certified.
For more information on drysuit diving – visit www.drysuitdive.com – Your Definitive Guide to Drysuit Diving
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 (1-4℃). They play an important part for preserving the natural balance in the circle of life within Silfra.
Getting to Silfra by car takes about 50 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 in the national park follow the signs towards “Thingvellir” and “Silfra” until you reach the parking site called “Thingvellir P5”
Meeting point for GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W