Seventy percent of the earth is underwater so you have to go diving to see the best. Since becoming scuba certified, my obsession has been to travel to the best dive spots around the globe.
The Silfra Fissure is an incredible diving site in Iceland.
My first trip to Iceland in 2014 was so amazing, I decided to snorkel the Silfra fissure. I also completed my Advanced PADI certification in Playa Del Carmen Mexico.
Silfra Fissure refers to the area between the North American continental plates and the Eurasian continental plates. This is the only spot in the world that you can swim between two continental plates.
It’s a stunning place geographically and the water is clear. It has some of the most clear water in the world. The Silfra Fissure has an underwater visibility of well over 100 metres.
This water is crystal clear because it has been filtered through underground volcanic lava for over 100 years before it reaches the fissure. This water is far superior to bottled water.
What to Expect
Silfra Fissure isn’t for solo divers. A guide will be with you. Arctic Adventures was my diving company and I loved it. They specialize in ecotourism and eco-friendly trips throughout Iceland.
They are very knowledgeable and entertaining guides.
The Silfra Fissure diving trip takes approximately 4-5 hours including pickup. For a two-hour dive, you can meet your guides at the location.
A certified PADI divemaster or guide will take you on a Silfra Fissure tour with Arctic Adventures.
All of the necessary diving gear is provided by the company, including a dry suit for cold, glacial water.
The Silfra Fissure: Diving
It is essential that you are certified to dive before you travel to Silfra Fissure. This can be difficult if you are just getting certified or if you don’t feel confident in the water. It can be intimidating to dive in dry suits for the first time.
Following my October 2016 trip, new requirements were put in place to allow divers to dive in the National Park. Divers must now be dry suit certified or show proof of 10 dry suit dives.
This suit makes everything feel different. You will feel different buoyancy in the Silfra Fissure if you swim in a dry suit than when you’re in the ocean wearing a wetsuit.
It can be a little disorienting to dive with a dry suit. It might be difficult for even advanced divers to determine their buoyancy.
This is not a deep dive so you don’t need to stop. Don’t worry if you feel like floating up to the top. The view can be enjoyed at any depth.
The Silfra Fissure water is extremely cold.
It is almost freezing at night (2 degrees Celsius / 35° Fahrenheit to 4° Celsius / 39° Fahrenheit depending on the season). Although dry suits are helpful, it can be quite uncomfortable.
Other helpful tips
You may get wet. The dry suit I used had a tiny leak in my foot. I didn’t notice it until I removed the dry suit after I dive.
Don’t forget to pack swimwear and cotton when packing for the Silfra fissure. All things wool and fleece are welcome. You must have warm woolen socks. A change of clothes is a good idea in case you get wet. It’s a good idea to have hand warmers!
I was incredibly cold underwater, and my hands were freezing. The guides advised us to keep our hands off the water and not to swim with them before diving. Your neoprene gloves are heated by the movement. Mentally prepare for taking photos if you plan on doing so!
This dive was a photo shoot. I brought my GoPro and 3-Way Mount. Protect your phone if you plan to take photos while diving. Between the snow, dirt, and water that we encountered on our Icelandic adventures, my LifeProof iPhone Case was a lifesaver.
Deep into the Blue Tour
Cost: Prices start at 39,990 ISK (approx. $370 USD)