Silfra: Diving Across Continents In Iceland

by   Profile Herbert   When 24th July 2015
Silfra fissure (c) Christian Skauge
Entry point for scuba divers (c) Christian Skauge

Intercontinental Diving In Iceland

The Silfra fissure in Iceland must be one of the most interesting
diving and snorkelling spots in the world. Once you dive in, you are
literally between Europe and America – and the visibility is amazing!

Located within Iceland's Thingvellir National Park, this is where the
Eurasian tectonic plate and the North American plate drifts away from
each other. Here, divers have the unique opportunity to explore this
'new space' that is constantly growing – albeit at one to two
centimetres per year.

The water here is melt water from the Langjökull Glacier 50 kilometres
away. The water currently flowing into the Silfra would have travelled
underground for 30 to 100 years, filtered through the lava fields.

The result is incredibly crisp, clear and cold water (2 to 4°C), with
visibility of up to 100 metres.

Add to this the beautiful rock
formations all around, and it's no wonder that droves of divers and
snorkelers congregate here for a unique underwater experience.

In Iceland, snorkelling and diving tours into the Silfra are available,
for up to a maximum of four dives per day.

Of course, if you wish, you
can always make it a point to dive here every couple of years. After
all, as the tectonic plates are constantly moving apart, every
subsequent trip will present you with a slightly more 'spacious' Silfra
to swim in.

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Written by
Profile Herbert
When 24th July 2015
Location Silfrastadhir, Island

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