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FAQ

PICK UP QUESTIONS

My pick up location is not on the list?
The list is all of the pickup locations that we currently serve. If you need help finding the closest pickup location to your accommodation just give us a shout on scuba@scuba.is.

 

There is no pickup available?
We only have limited numbers available for the pickup service, many of our customers choose to meet us on location which is why we offer tours with no pick up’s.

 

Where is the meeting point?
If you would like to meet on location the meeting point is Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National park. We kindly ask you to be there 15 minutes prior to your tour time. You can find directions to the meeting point HERE. For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W

 

 

COMMON QUESTIONS -Snorkling tours

 

 

What clothing is recommended?
We recommend you wear a thin thermal base layer of your own clothes, for example long underwear in wool or fleece. Please also bring a pair of warm socks. You will wear your base layer and your warm socks underneath the dry suit. Since this is an outdoor activity, we also recommend you bring warm outdoor clothes including hat and gloves to wear before and after the snorkling as you will spend up to 3 hours outside.

 

Will I stay dry while snorkling?
You will be wearing a dry suit which means that most of your body should stay dry. Only your hands, face and head will get wet. Please be aware though that unless you have your own custom made dry suit, there is no 100% guarantee that you will stay completely dry. Therefore we recommend that you bring a spare set of clothes and spare socks just in case.


Can I wear glasses on the tour?
No. Glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask, so it is not possible to wear glasses during this activity. Contact lenses works well under the mask, so that´s a great alternative to glasses. We do not rent prescription masks, but you are more than welcome to bring your own.


Can we snorkel and dive at the same time?
All you need to do is book separate tours for the same time, then you will spend most of the day together, on the in water part though we will have separate guides. You will both take the same route though and see the same places. Kindly note that the diving tour will take about 2 hours longer than the snorkling tour.


What is the duration of the snorkling tour?
The snorkling tour takes about 3 hours if you meet us on location, and about 5-6 hours including transportation from Reykjavik.


How much time do we spend in the water?
It takes about 30-40 minutes to slowly swim through the whole Silfra fissure. Once we reach the exit point you can choose if you want to get out of the water, or if you want to swim around a bit longer.

 

What are the requirement for snorkling?
The age limit is 12 years old. Minors under 18 need to be in the company of an adult. You need to be able to swim and be comfortable in water.  We recommend you are at least 150 cm/45 kg, in order to fit in our smallest dry suit.

 

COMMON QUESTIONS -Diving tours


I have no drysuit experience, can I dive?
No, in order to dive here in Iceland you need to either have Drysuit certification or 10 logged drysuit dives from within the last two years. You can however complete the PADI drysuit course here in Iceland with us and then dive Silfra the next day if you successfully pass the dry suit course. You can view the two day package HERE


What are the requirements to dive Silfra?
The age limit for diving Silfra is 18 years old. We also recommend that you are physically fit and healthy, and no smaller than 155 cm/50 kg. This is because the full dry suit equipment weights around 30-35 kg, and you have to be able to walk with the equipment for about 400 meters per dive. Dry suit experience is required.

 

I am dry suit certified, but I dont have my card with me. Can I still dive?
We will need to see proof of your certification. If you do not have your card, please contact us well ahead of your tour and we might be able to find you in the PADI online database (if you are certified with PADI).

 

Is pick up included?
Yes, complimentary pick up from central Reykjavik is included in all our dive tours


When is the best time to dive?
The Silfra fissure is a great dive site all year round. It can be a little bit colder in the winter, but it is still an amazing experience! Our other dive sites are available May-September.


What is the depth and dive time when diving the Silfra fissure?

The maximum depth we are allowed to go to in Silfra is 18 meters. Most of the dive is spent at a shallower depth due to the topography of the site. The dive time is about 30 minutes per dive.


What is the water temperature in Silfra?
The water temperature is 2-4 degrees C (35-37 degrees F) all year round. The water comes from the Langjökull glacier which keeps it nice and cool, and very refreshing!


What is the duration of the dive tour?

The tour takes around 4-5 hours if you meet us on location, or about 6-7 hours including transportation from Reykjavik.


Is Silfra a demanding dive?

As long as you are comfortable diving in a dry suit and are not afraid of cold water we are happy to take you diving. You also have to be able to carry your full equipment for about 400 meters, so its important that you are physically healthy.


What kind of dry suits are you providing?

We are using high quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three.

 

 

PADI COURSES

 

What courses do you offer?
We can do almost any PADI course for you. The PADI Dry Suit Diver speciality course is our most popular course. Once you have completed this course successfully you can then book the Silfra dive tour. Please note that we require a minimum of 2 participants to run a course. Courses are only available from May-September, due to limited day light during the winter.

 

When do you offer the PADI Dry Suit Speciality Course?
We offer the dry suit course most days between May-September. In the winter the lake where we do the training is frozen over, which is why we can also offer this course in the summer.

 

I am not dry suit certified, but I want to dive Silfra. What do you recommend?
We offer a 2 day package where we teach you the PADI Dry Suit Speciality course on day 1, and then take you to Silfra on day 2.
This is a great way to gain experience and confidence in a confined and shallow environment before going to Silfra which is a more challenging dive site. Please note that we require a minimum of 2 participants to run the course.

 

 

 

 

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