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Top 4 Reasons to Dive Silfra in Iceland

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

If you're looking for a unique experience, look no further than scuba diving Silfra in Iceland. Silfra is located within Thingvellir National Park, and it is the only place in the world where you can dive between two tectonic plates: the North American and Eurasian plates. Here are the top four reasons why diving in Silfra is a must-do experience for any adventurous diver:

  1. Crystal Clear, Fresh Water: With visibility at Silfra exceeding 300 feet (100 meters), it is home to some of the clearest water on the planet. The water is filtered through porous lava rock, making it incredibly pure and transparent. This results in an unobstructed view of the underwater landscape, which is truly breathtaking. The water temperatures at Silfra are consistent year-round at a chilly 35°F (2°C), so appropriate thermal protection is required.

  2. Unique Geology: Diving between two tectonic plates is an experience that is unlike anything else. View the fissure between the plates up close, and explore the unique geological formations that have been created over thousands of years. The colors and textures of the rocks are truly spectacular, and the experience of diving between the plates is truly awe-inspiring.

  3. Easy Access: Silfra is easily accessible, as it is located within Thingvellir National Park, which is just a 45-minute drive from the capital city, Reykjavik. There are several dive operators in the area that offer guided tours and equipment rentals, making it easy for divers (and snorkelers) of all levels to explore this incredible underwater world.

  4. Safe and Well-Regulated: Iceland is known for its high safety standards, and diving in Silfra is no exception. The dive operators in the area are well-regulated and follow strict safety protocols, ensuring that your diving experience is both safe and enjoyable.

Diving in Silfra is an incredible experience that is worthy of a spot on every divers' bucket list. With crystal clear waters, unique geology, easy access, and high safety standards, diving between two tectonic plates in Silfra is an unforgettable experience to cherish for a lifetime.

Iceland has more to offer scuba divers than Silfra. Read about the other incredible places to scuba dive in Iceland here.

For another exciting cold water diving opportunity, read our post about Antarctica.

To learn more unique diving topography, check out our article about diving Mexico's cenotes.

Further Reading:

Explore Iceland through a photo journey of its underwater world.

Read about Bluewater Travel's 2022 trip to Iceland and Norway!

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