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Diving in Silfra & Golden Circle

      • 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.

  • 53.900 ISK
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One dive in the beautiful Silfra fissure, a fresh water spring located in a crack between the continents of North America and Europe. Afterwards, we take a tour of the Golden Circle.

The tour includes

  • One dive
  • Free hotel pick-up and return
  • All equipment
  • Experienced guide
  • Hot chocolate and cookies
  • Tour around Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir
  • Thingvellir Silfra Entrance fee (1000 ISK)

Description

Our “Must Do” Diving Tour!
Start your day by diving in the beautiful Silfra fissure, a fresh water spring located in a crack between the continents of North America and Europe. Silfra is located in Thingvellir National Park.

Underwater visibility can extend to over 100m, combine this with the geological significance and you get why Silfra is often voted in the world’s top 5 dive sites.

The three primary stops on the Golden Circle route are Thingvellir National Park, the waterfall Gullfoss and the Geothermal valley of Haukadalur. Though Geysir has been inactive for a long time, Strokkur, on the other hand, continues to erupt every 4-6 minutes.

The Golden Circle is “must see” during your visit in Iceland and by combining these two fantastic activities you get great value.

We have a maximum group size of 8 for this tour.

Minimum requirements for diving:
A minimum age limit of 18 is set by the National Park. Drysuit diving can be demanding in comparison to wetsuit diving so you really need to be familiar with all of the standard dive equipment before drysuit diving. Drysuit certification is required or Drysuit experience within the last two years along with PADI OW or equivalent is acceptable for our dive tours.

Alternatives:
If you don’t have 20 logged dives then we really recommend a Snorkel Silfra and Golden Circle Tour for you, it’s a very easy and relaxing way to see Silfra. Dry Suit Certification Course available from May to October.

Difficulty: Demanding.
This tour involves a little hiking with your equipment as we are diving in a pristine national park and as such we can’t build anything on site. The walk from the exit of the dive site is approx 500m.

Please bring:
Your PADI Open Water diving certification or equivalent from any recognized diving organization, without your certification, you are not allowed to dive. Bring Drysuit Certification or log book with 10 logged drysuit dives. Bring warm/waterproof clothes according to weather. Good warm long underwear and thick socks are always recommended. Also, don’t forget your contact lenses as you won’t be able to wear glasses with the mask.

Photos:
We don’t guarantee photos on a dive tour though as the priority for the guide is looking after you and helping with the drysuit, once everything is ok with the diving the guide will then look at taking photo’s which you then have the option of purchasing at the end of the day.

Itinerary

Hotel pick up arrives one hour before the scheduled trip and we head first to the renowned Silfra Fissure. There we will gear up and go diving in this unique wonder of the world.

We will be diving into the four main areas in Silfra:
Enter in the Silfra Deep Crack where you will be able to see 25 meters down to the bottom and openings into deep lava tubes. The fissure will widen into the Silfra Hall where you might meet some local fish on their way to Lake Thingvellir. Close to the opening of the lake you will enter the Silfra Cathedral and discover why it is the most renown part of Silfra. We will turn left into the Silfra Lagoon where the colours and visibility is out of this world.

Silfra is located in Thingvellir National Park which is the first stop on the Golden Circle route. The tectonic plates meet here and are slowly drifting apart (2 cm every year). This is also the location where Althingi the first democratic parliament was founded.

Next up is the Geysir geothermal area where the hot spring Strokkur spouts every 5 -8 minutes! The Great Geysir lies there as well and is the original geysir which is used to describe all other spouting hot springs around the world.

Gullfoss Waterfall is the last of the main stops and is called the Golden Waterfall because of when the sunlight bounces off the waterfall the spray of the water gets a golden hue.

 

Do you wish to enjoy this tour with a friend that would like to snorkel instead?
Both of you can enjoy this tour together but dive and snorkel separately. Just send us an inquiry so that we can set it up!

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