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Experience - Iceland

Silfra - snorkeling between two continents

Highlights

  • The only place in the world where you can dive between two tectonic plates

  • Crystal-clear water filtered through volcanic rock

  • Suitable for both beginners and experienced snorkelers

Description

Silfra is an Icelandic natural fissure that allows divers to swim right between two tectonic plates. Discover one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets in the Thingvellir National Park. Swim through the clear water as the light current calmly drifts you through the distinct underwater landscape.

Destination

Europe

  1. Iceland

In the western part of the Icelandic highlands, very close to the Langjökull glacier, is the place where the American and European continental plates meet. The Silfra Fissure formed 135 million years ago in the middle of the Thingvellir National Park. As the continental plates drifted apart, it created four active volcanic zones. Since continental drift is a continuous process, the fissure is still getting wider today by about 7 mm to 2 cm per year.

It takes 30 to 100 years for the melted water from Langjökull to penetrate the 30-mile long basalt rock surrounding Silfra. The beautiful rock acts as a cleaner and ensures that the smallest particles filter out, making the water crystal clear.

This snorkeling trip is no ordinary one, as the water is so cold (35°F to 40°F) that it is vital to wear the thick wetsuit provided. The wetsuit also helps you stay afloat near the water's surface. Whether you are a brave beginner or an experienced snorkeler, this extraordinary adventure is suitable for everyone. Float in the water above the deep crevice. Nearly touch the outer walls as you drift by. At its deepest point, the fissure is about 213 feet deep and the only place in the world where you can dive between two earth plates. These plates tear the earth apart. The underground springs create a light current that lets you slowly drift along the crevice.

With your diving goggles and snorkeling gear, you can easily observe the crystal-clear water from several feet away. You will discover entrances to cave and tunnel systems that lead to hidden underwater labyrinths.

Are you a diver with an appropriate diving license and would instead explore the depths of the Silfra? Contact us, and we will find the right offer for you.

Duration of the trip: Five hours

Date of the trip: Year-round, daily

Including

  • Snorkeling trip with an English speaking guide

  • Required snorkeling equipment and a thick wetsuit

  • Entrance fees to Silfra

  • The starting price is valid during the travel period Jan. 01. - Dec. 31, 2020

Excluding

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services

Services & Notes

  • Duration: approx. 4-5 hours

  • Prices apply for two people

  • This experience requires a minimum age of 18 years old. This excursion is not recommended for guests over the age of 60.

  • Minimum height of five feet and a minimum weight of 100 pounds required for the snorkeling trip.

  • As a swimmer, you should feel comfortable in the water and able to swim well. Physical fitness and wearing tight, possibly restricting wetsuits are a prerequisite for participation.

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