Garður is a small fishing village on Reykjanes peninsula, a 60 minutes drive from Reykjavik. This dive site is located on the most Westerly point of Iceland, and there is an abundance of marine life!
We start our diving in Garður in the sleepy harbour and slowly make our way out towards deeper water. The ocean here is very rich in species and this dive is sure to give great opportunities of getting up close and personal with the inhabitants.
In the really shallow water you will see more crabs than you can count. Further out the sand there are plenty of flat fish like flounder, skate and sting rays. While diving in the blue water you could run into a turf of cod and haddock as well as the odd white-beaked dolphins and killer whales. On the way back to the shallows you are very likely to swim in to one of the stars of Garður, the Atlantic Wolffish! Many wolffish have made Garður their home, and you can see them both sitting in their holes and swimming around.
The Macro life here is also very good. Several types of cold water nudibranch can be found, along with little shrimps, and crabs of all different size.
It is not only fish and other marine animals that make up the divergent underwater community. There are 42 known species of marine algae and cold water soft corals in the area, providing nutrition to the occupants as well as being a large part of making the diverse underwater scenery. The variety in colours and shapes are phenomenal, and contributes to a very interesting dive.
The maximum depth we reach is around 20 meters, but most of the dive is spent at shallower depth. The visibility ranges from 3 – 12 meters depending on season, tide and weather. Water temperature goes from +1 degree C in the winter to +10 degree C in the summer.
Garður is a great diving spot that can be highly recommended for the experienced dry suit diver.