Iceland is an outstanding place to go diving. Iceland is known for its dramatic landscape and fortunately, this is not limited to the surface. Underwater cracks, geothermal lakes and hydrothermal vents, as well as an abundant marine life, makes scuba diving in Iceland interesting for all divers. The ocean around the coast has diverse wildlife where you can expect to see a numerous species of marine organisms; fish, crabs, shellfish and other molluscs, marine mammals and a vast number of colorful algae. The top ocean dive sites in Iceland are Garður – a small fishing village in Reykjanes peninsula, Strýtan –a geothermal cone located just out of the town of Akureyri, El Grillo – a wreck of a British oil tanker from WW1 in eastern Iceland.
The freshwater dive sites in Iceland are also well worth a visit, Silfra being the number one attraction with its crystal clear glacial water and amazing visibility. Kleifarvatn geothermal lake is an out of this world experience and Davíðsgjá in Thingvallavatn shares many of Silfras great features.
One thing that makes diving in Iceland stand out – the temperature of the water. The sea temperature around Iceland can vary greatly depending on the time of year as well as the location but the water rarely goes above 12° C during the summer, whereas the average temperature in the wintertime is between 1 – 6° C. Silfra’s temperature stays at 2-4 °C all year around and the average temperature in Kleifarvatn is about 6-10°C. These numbers result in the fact that wetsuit dives in Iceland are a rare thing.
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