Davíðsgjá dive site, a submerged fissure in Iceland with a reputation for having some of the coldest, clearest and purest freshwater water on the planet. It’s not magic, but pretty close. The waters’ pristine conditions arise from a 2’500 year old ice cap called Langjökull.
Without Langjokull glacier nourishing the great lake Þingvellir. Life in Iceland would certainly not be the same again. People have come to appreciate the raw beauty of the glacier, and the land that it shrouds; the fjords, valleys and mountains that cradle it’s icy branches.
By volume, Langjökull is 11 times the size of lake Þingvellir and 6 times deeper, making plenty of water to last (for a while). Sadly, the glacier will one day not be there but for now we can embrace the experience of diving in its clear blue waters that take one of nature’s most incredible journeys, from the icy summit, down below the bedrock, through miles and miles of untouched lava fields out into Iceland’s greatest natural lake – a meeting place for American and European freshwater faunas and floras on the mid Atlantic Ridge.
The water clarity at Davíðsgjá is simply astounding and ranges from 100-120m visibility. As light hits the water, colours become vivid, especially blue, the richest deepest blue you will ever see! Divers that that experience the Davíðsgjá Diving Day Trip are often left in bewildered awe at the gin-clear conditions, created by nothing more than ice, rock and time. Everyday, hundreds of tons of glacial water moves silently undetected – seeping through miles and miles of untouched pristine lava rock before then being forced out the other side. It’s what makes this dive spot so amazing!