Diving Silfra

We stayed up late on our stop in  Reykjavik.  Christina and I were excited for our Silfra dive in Thingvellir National Park the next day and were cramming our brains to get our dry suit certification.  After waking up early in the morning, Christina and I left C with a nanny service at the hotel and were picked up by the great people from Dive.is for our two dive session at the Silfra fissure. After an hour and a half drive, we arrived and donned our dry suits as we prepared for our dip in to the frigid two degree celsius water.

Silfra is a monument to geology. It’s an ever widening crack down the centre of Iceland where the North American and European tectonic plates are slowly pulling apart.  As you dive in the crystal clear glacier water you are reminded of the power of our ever-changing Earth.  Silfra is considered to be one of the top dive sites in the world due to its incredibly clear water and the fact that it is the only known place where you can dive between continental plates.  Along with its spectacular geology, the water, which trickles down from the Langjökull is so clean you can remove your regulator and sip at the ice cold water for refreshment whenever you need.

The hike to the water from the van isn’t long, but it isn’t easy.  Lugging your dive tank and gear while wearing the hot and cumbersome dry suit for a quarter kilometre will ensure your blood is pumping in time for your dip into the ice-cold water.  At the start of the dive, there is a conveniently placed half-stair to help you get started.

Silfra has four areas, the Silfra Big Crack, Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon, and over two dives, you generally have the opportunity to experience the site in its entirety.  The dry suits will keep your core warm, but at 2 degrees above freezing, your face and toes might be a little tingly at the end.

After two dives through the incredible waters, we humped our equipment back to the van and were dropped off back in Reykjavik for a relaxing dinner and a great sleep.

Iceland Silfra Between Two Continents - Pinterest

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Kevin Wagar

Kevin Wagar is a creative designer and technology expert living in the Greater Toronto Area. His beautiful wife Christina impressed on him her love of travel and they have made exploring the world an integral part of their life.
With the birth of their two boys, Kevin and Christina have made it their mission to show others that travelling with children isn't as scary as it sounds and that kids can benefit from experiencing the world outside of their front door and beyond.
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