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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.

      • Medical form required

        Yes

      • Silfra diving medical form is required to be signed before this tour. Click here to fill it in

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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 5-10 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 6 for this tour.

Minimum requirements for diving:
A minimum age limit of 18 is set by the National Park. Drysuit certification or a minimum of 10 logged dry suit dives are required to participate in this tour. You need to have dived in a dry suit within the last two years, as Silfra is a challenging dive site.

Alternatives:
If you don’t have the required dry suit experience we really recommend a Snorkel Silfra and Golden Circle Tour for you, it’s a very easy and relaxing way to see Silfra. If you want to learn how to dive in a dry suit we offer the PADI  Dry Suit Certification Course here at Scuba Iceland (available May-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, along with your Drysuit Certification or log book with 10 logged drysuit dives. Without these you are not allowed to dive. Bring warm/waterproof clothes according to weather. Good warm long underwear and thick socks are always recommended.

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

After we pick you up from your Reykjavik hotel we head to the renowned Silfra Fissure. There we will gear up and complete one dive 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 -10 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.

 

 

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