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Gardur Diving tour – Ocean dive

      • Duration

        6 – 8 hours

      • Depending on time of year and weather conditions.

      • Certificate required

        Yes

      • PADI Open Water or equivalent certification along with Dry suit certification or 10 logged Dry Suit Dives within the last two years.

  • 39.900 ISK
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A chance to see some Icelandic Marine life!

The tour includes

  • Two dives in Garður
  • Free Reykjavik hotel pick-up and return
  • All equipment
  • Experienced guide
  • Hot chocolate and cookies
  • Lots of fun!

Description

Garður is a small fishing town located around 45 mins from Reykjavik on the most westerly point of the Reykjanes Peninsula. The literal translation of Garður is garden or yard.

The diving is rich and diverse here with lot’s of macro ocean life and a plethora of different fish. Flatfish, wolffish and lumpsuckers are the most common but people have even see humpback whales and orca’s here!

The town itself is very picturesque and is still a small traditional Icelandic fishing town.

Visibility can range from 3 to 12 m depending on the time of year and blooms of different algae types.

Minimum requirements for diving:
A minimum age limit of 17. Drysuit certified with proof of a minimum of 10 drysuit dives. This tour is for the more experienced cold water diver.

Difficulty: Demanding.
This tour involves a little hiking with your equipment depending on tide times. Also, some surface swimming in all equipment can be needed at the end of dives dependant on tides.

Weather:
As this is Open Ocean diving it is subject to weather conditions, we do however have a backup plan if the weather is not good enough. Local lake sites can be used instead.

Please bring:
Your PADI Open Water diving certification or equivalent from any recognized diving organization along with your drysuit diver certification, without your certification, you are not allowed to dive. Good warm long underwear and thick socks are recommended. Also, don’t forget your contact lenses as you won’t be able to wear glasses with the mask.

Itinerary

You will start the dive by either doing a giant stride from the pier or walking in from the shore depending on the tide and your own preference. We then swim out for a couple of minutes until we reach an impressive kelp forest to our right and a nice sandy bottom to our left.

This site is great for macro as it is full of colorful nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs. Also, be prepared to have dabs and flounders jumping up from the sand just in front of you. Don’t forget to have a look around to catch the large schools of Cod and Haddock that can be seen at this site. Humpback whales and Orcas have also been spotted at this site!

As this is an ocean dive it will be subject to the current weather conditions. We will assess the weather before the tour and in case we decide that this site is not diveable on the day, we will do our best to take you to one of our more protected sites like Davidsgjá.

To participate in the tour you need to be Dry Suit certified and very comfortable with dry suit diving. Since this is an ocean dive the visibility can vary between 4-20 meters, so you also need to be confident diving in low visibility.

Definitely a must-do
A truly unique and amazing experience! The guides were professional, organised and knowledgeable, and everything ran smoothly.

Samit K – May 29, 2016