Silfra Diving

The Clearest Water you will ever Dive in

Silfra Diving

The Clearest Water you will ever Dive in

1-day / 2 dives
42,000 ISK per person.
The Clearest Water you will ever Dive in

Silfra with its +120m underwater visibility, makes this dive a fantastic opportunity for underwater photography. Pristine conditions in gin clear waters.

No place on Earth touches Silfra Diving. The location is amazing, a giant gaping chasm between the North American and Eurasian continents, its exact position moving with the drifting on the tectonic plates each year. But it is the water – or more precisely, the remarkable purity and clarity, that makes diving in Silfra so unique.

The Silfra ravine has without question the best underwater visibility in the world – if not the entire planet! its about as clear as it gets! And then there’s the temperature, biting cold at around 3℃ as does the waters purity – it travel two thousand years to make the journey –  filtering its way through volcanic lava fields. And that’s not all, the mix creates a clarity so powerful that on starting the dive, people have been said to experience vertigo, floating like spacemen over a dark abyss – into the centre of the Earth’s belly.

Iceland’s got some amazing places to dive and Silfra is one of them. The big reason isn’t just because of the Thingvellir National Park – its because a scuba diver can see over +120m – and that’s on a bad day. What’s more, divers can even drink the gin clear water they’re diving in – now that’s one refreshing beverage!

Silfra Diving Highlights:

  • Explore Silfra’s Big Crack, Hall, Cathedral, and the Lagoon
  • Touch both Continental Plates at the same time
  • Capture Underwater Photography in the World’s Clearest Waters

The tectonic plates of the North American and Eurasian continents meet at Silfra, creating a unique place – the only one of its kind – where it is possible to scuba dive and experience this major geological attraction.

 

 

Distance to Dive Site: 44km from Reykjavik

Trip duration: 5-8 hours

Place of Departure: Reykjavik City Centre

Start Times: Between 9-11am & 1-3pm (exact times TBC)

Price: 42,000 ISK per person

Price includes:

  • Return luxury transportation from your hotel in Reykjavik
  • Divers entrance fee into Thingvellir National Park
  • 2 guided tank dives (with exception to very cold days during wintertime Dec-Feb)
  • All scuba diving equipment inc. Drysuit, Undergarment, Hood, Gloves, Mask, Fins, BCD, Cold Water Regulator & Weights
  • Hot organic food & beverages
  • Expert Dive Guide

Exclusions:

  • Underwater dive photos
  • Transportation from outside Reykjavik area

Difficulty Level: Moderate.

Dry suit diver training is highly recommended but not mandatory. (A basic introduction and orientation to dry suit diving will be given by one of Magmadive expert staff)

Trip Itinerary

1.) Drive 44km to the Thingvellir Valley National Park 2.) Enjoy Scuba Diving at Silfra Fissure 3.) Relax in National Park 4.) Visit Oxararfoss Waterfall 5.) 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 endeavour make an alternate plan.

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Bring with you

  • Dive certification card
  • Thermal underwear (base layer)
  • Thick warm socks
  • Appropriate outdoor clothing
  • Towel for afterwards
  • Underwater camera

Participant requirements

  • Minimum of 18 years old
  • Be physically fit to dive
  • Must be qualified scuba diver

Heli Diving

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

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Optional Golden Circle Tour

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.

Diving Silfra Under the Midnight Sun June 19th – 21st 2015

There is nothing quite like the midnight sun in Iceland. For a few days we have 24 hours of daylight and if, you’re lucky, you can watch as the sun lowers itself – painting the sky with vivid colours of orange and pink – and then rise again without ever setting. This is a great time of year for staying outdoors, diving and taking underwater photographs and that is exactly what Midnight Sun is all about. Contact us for more details.

FAQ’s

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 not required to dive in Silfra but is highly recommended – the simple reason being it makes the experience more enjoyable. If you have never used a drysuit before, then why not let us help show you how to use one. This is something that typically works well for tropical divers visiting Iceland. For more information – 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.

 

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