This tour starts with pick up in Akureyri, which is 400km north of Reykjavik. Then we travel to the geothermal vents of Strytan. It's been said that the Strytan dive site is an enigma, like something straight out of an ancient Icelandic Saga or Norse legend. Strytan has the world's only known scuba dive-able hydrothermal vents.
The world’s only accessible hydrothermal chimney
Available: All year
Age limit: 18 years
Eyjafjordur fjord - North Iceland
Advanced Scuba Dive Certification (PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent and dry suit experience), must be physically fit / able to swim
Pick up and drop off to hotels in the area of Akureyri, and 2 guided dives. Contact us for a custom tour from Reykjavik.
Bring with you:
Warm clothes, long underwear and thick socks.
Available upon request
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Strytan hydrothermal hot springs - from Akureyri
This tour starts with pick up in Akureyri, which is 400km north of Reykjavik, we then travel to the geothermal vents of Strytan.
The Strytan day tour is guided by the commercial diver Erlendur Bogason, the discoverer and researcher of Strytan and Arnarnesstrytur or divers he has trained.
You will feel the 79°C hot water steaming out of the cones and we will take some hot water with us up to the boat and make hot chocolate. We will show you the variety of animals and plants living on the cones and maybe you can help us to discover new creatures we have not seen before. At the small cones we will feed the wolf fish with the shell, Arctica Islandica.
Strytan is a white smoker and its form is that of a cylindrical chimney or cone. The hydrothermal cone is the product of over 11,000 years of natural mineral deposition. The hot water emerging from the top of the chimney contains magnesium-silicate minerals, which once in contact with the surrounding cold salt water solidify and over time extend the chimneys height.
In total three chimneys have been discovered at the Strýtan site: the largest one described above is the main one, which is dived and two deeper chimneys, each about 20m and 10m tall, the tops of which are at 50m depth.
In the first week of June we dive down to the cone and take guillemot eggs with us which we then boil at a depth of 24 metres. The guillemot eggs take 13 minutes to boil.
Disclaimer: All dive trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.