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.
One of the most beautiful diving sites in the world.
Duration: 5-7 hours
Pick-up: 90 minutes before departure
Group maximum: 3 persons
Available: All year
Age limit: 18 years
- Thingvellir National Park
- Silfra rift
- Crystal clear water
- Diving between the continents
- Very small group
- Scuba diving
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.
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).
- 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 for 24hrs after diving to fly.
- Please read our Diving Handbook for more information about the tour!
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.
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.
Reviews on TripAdvisor
"The Silfra Dive with Extreme Iceland was amazing. This was my first dry suit dive so I was a little nervous, but the staff was great. We had Ted and Rachael who walked us through everything and led us on a beautiful dive. It is amazing to be in between the North American and European continental plates- to be able to reach out and touch both plates- while diving through the clearest water I have ever seen. There is no life in the lake, so just keep that in mind, but the views make the dive worth while! And the Extreme Iceland staff made the experience one I will never forget!"
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.
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.
Meet our Diving Guides
I get the name “Captain Light” as I not only run diving for Arctic but during our beautiful winters I also hunt for the Northern Lights. Diving and Adventure guiding for me has been my career now for 15 years and there is no greater joy than sharing an awesome environment both underwater, up a mountain or in a cave with like minded travellers. My commercial diving background combined with years of dive instruction in both cold and tropical countries gives me a great knowledge base to make sure you have a great time on your adventure here in our beautiful Iceland.
Lead Guide (Fat Boss)
Scuba Steve, our Resident Zoologist (British). After graduating with a degree in Zoology he has spent the last 10 years working on a variety of different research projects all over the world, ranging from identifying new fish species in African lakes to recording whale songs in the Caribbean. The leader of the pack, Steven will endeavour to make sure all your adventures at Silfra run smoothly and with that element of fun you need on a holiday. Don’t forget to ask for Steven’s animal fact of the day!
Hi, my name is Koldo and I'm from a small coastal city in the Basque Country. I've been diving since I was 15 years old. Our father taught me and my brothers how to dive at a very young age with the result that we all ended up becoming instructors. Always connected to the ocean, I've worked as a beach lifeguard, skipper in salvage RIB boats, commercial diver and finally as a recreational diving instructor around the Canary Islands. But when I first saw images of the crystal clear water from Silfra, I decided to change the salt water for this incredible landscape.
Senior Guide/Diving Guide (Snorkel Queen)
I'm Giulia, 28 years old and I come from Italy where I grew up until 2012 when everything changed. After I graduated as a Graphic Designer, I got a job in Milan, but it didn't take me long to realize that my office can't have 4 walls. At that time, I was already a diver and the decision to abandon my "normal" life to come back to the ocean and have the possibility to travel was easy to take. I spent years traveling and working in different countries, mostly warm, before moving to Iceland where I have been living for over a year. I still don't know where my next adventure will be, but I know that there is a lot more to explore in this amazing country.
Adventures Guide (Aquaman)
Wether it's inside Ice Caves, on top of glaciers, driving over geothermal fields and snowmobiling, Kuba is the man. With no vista unreachable, Kuba is our versatile around Iceland dive guide. Tough and with years of cold water experience under his belt you will enter the water safe and with that feeling of achievement that will have you high fiving Kuba on completion of your tour.
I am a Hungarian-born, professional diver and snowmobiling guide. I have gained a lot of experience in scuba diving and Search & Rescue missions, so I'm no stranger to harsh, cold and hazardous environments. Since I joined Arctic Adventures I've experienced first-hand the many wondrous sights of Iceland, which I believe all divers should experience on their adventures, so come and join me at Silfra or snowmobiling on the glacier sometime.
Dive Instructor & Suit Technician
Goran is a passionate diver and loves to get into a dry suit for extreme water sports, he is also our trusted man in the lab concocting strong glue mixtures to repair and maintain our very large fleet of dry suits. Mr. Fix-it, as we call him, will make sure you stay dry during your adventures in Iceland.
Our cold-water queen of the north, coming from Scotland. Ali brings with her a ton of cold-water diving experience and can handle even the coldest day like a pro. She will also entertain you at site with Celtic music, sure to make you dance a jig and stay warm.
I am an instructor from the Czech Republic, I have been working and diving in various places around the world for the past 6 years. But now I have decided to stay and explore Iceland. it's a wonderful place with lots of activities to try. You will always find me with a big smile ready and waiting to dive into the water with you!
My name is Louis and I’ve been staring at the edge of the water long as I can remember, never really knowing why. Scuba diving and tourism is my passion and working at Arctic Adventures allows me to make my passion a career! I get to meet new people and take smiling faces into the water every day and share with them what I love to do! The water might be cold here in Iceland, but the crystal clear 100-meter visibility makes you forget that you can’t feel your face anymore. That’s why I love my profession and that’s why I love Arctic adventures.
Diesel Engineer to Dive Guide, Tom is a versatile dude from the UK who will guide you through our beautiful dive locations. Tom also helps us out with equipment repairs and just being an all-round nice guy.
Please read your voucher carefully regarding meeting time / pickup time. Also don't forget your PADI Open Water certification along with Dry Suit certificate.
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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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