Diving Silfra Day Tour - Thingvellir National Park - SC05
Freshwater diving between two continents
One of the most beautiful diving locations in the world. Dive in the crystal clear water in the Silfra fissure, between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. We can pick you up in Reykjavik, or you can drive to the meeting location at Thingvellir National Park.
39 990 ISK per adult
Duration: ~6 hours
Minimum age: 18 years
Available: All year
Pick up: Pickup from Reykjavik is included, for times see booking system. Pickup begins 90 minutes before the diving tour departs, and pickup can take up to 30 minutes. The drive to the diving site takes around 45 minutes.
Meeting point: If you prefer to meet us on location you need to be at the Information Center at Þingvellir 15 minutes prior to your tour start. Make sure it’s the Information center NOT the Visitor Center. Click here for an interactive map to the meeting point.
For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W (WGS84).
Requirements: Age limit: 18 years old. The recommended minimum height/weight for this tour is 155 cm/50 kg, due to the heavy dry suit equipment. PADI Open Water certification along with Dry Suit certificate or a minimum of 10 logged Dry Suit dives. All divers need to understand instructions in english. Kindly note all divers have to supply their height/weight upon booking to ensure we bring you suitable equipment.
Remember it is strongly advised to wait 24hrs after diving to fly.
Included: Free pick-up and drop-off, guided dive tour in Silfra with a certified PADi® Divemaster, all dive equipment needed, Silfra admission fee, hot chocolate and cookies.
Bring with you: Your PADI certificate (or equivalent), Drysuit certification or log book w/ 10 logged dry suit dives, warm undergarments (fleece/wool), warm woolen socks and a change of clothing. The change of clothing is a precaution since no dry suit can be 100% guaranteed to be dry unless it is made especially for you.
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The Silfra fissure
Silfra fissure in Iceland has become widely known in the last few years. Divers agree that this is one of the best freshwater dive sites in the world. Glacier water from Langjökull glacier that has been filtered through the lava field on its 50 years long journey to the fissure is so clear that the visibility is about 100 meters. Silfra is divided into four main sections that we will explore during the tour. The water in Silfra is at a constant 2-4 degree celsius throughout the year but all seasons have their charm under the surface. Silfra is situated in the heart of Þingvellir National Park, the founding place of the world’s oldest parliament and a UNESCO world heritage site. Silfra is an otherworldly scene located in the lava field directly on top of the continental rift valley between America and Europe.
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On arrival to Silfra, dive guides will give a thorough dive briefing. This will include details about diving procedures, signs and signals, national park rules, your equipment, the route, and important information on how to use the drysuit.
Once you’re geared up, it’s time to walk to the entrance and get in the water. Entry is via steps that lead onto a large metal platform. The water will be waist deep as you stand on the platform so you can easily acclimatize to the feeling of the cold water on your face, and have a quick drink of the refreshing water. After each diver has done a weight check with the dive guide, it’s time to begin the dive!
You’ll be taken through each of the four sections of Silfra, and have plenty of opportunities to have a good look around. The first section near the entrance is the Silfra Deep Crack, which is long and narrow as it winds a little to the left and right. This then widens slightly into what we appropriately call the Silfra Hall, which leads to the deepest point at 22m called the Silfra Cathedral. After the cathedral, we turn left into the Silfra Lagoon, which is incredibly beautiful and the final part of the dive. After stepping onto the exit platform, your guide will help you remove your fins and you’ll have a chance to warm yourself up with roughly a 300m walk back to the car park. We can always remove your weights or even your gear if you have trouble walking with your gear on, and you can also have a rest back at the entrance which you will pass on the way back.
Once back in the car park, we’ll take the gear off you and get the hot chocolate and cookies out so you can warm your hands whilst you talk through the dive. The cost of the tour gives you the option of doing 2 dives in the summer (around 30 minutes each), but in the winter if the temperature is below freezing we will only do one longer dive (around 45 minutes) because the cold temperatures are more challenging.
Winter departures: If the temperature falls below -0°C there is a possibility that the divemaster will change the tour into just one dive due to safety reasons.
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Please read your voucher carefully regarding meeting time / pickup time. Also don't forget your PADI Open Water certification along with Dry Suit certificate.
Pickup Time / Meeting Time: The time shown in the booking engine is the on-site departure time. Pickup in Reykjavik begins 90 minutes earlier (and pickup can take up to 30 minutes).
If you are meeting us on location please be at least 15 minutes early. The National park charges a small parking fee of 500 ISK for those that choose to meet on location.
If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.
Disclaimer: trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume responsibility for accidents caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants sign a waiver stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.