Let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Carson and I’m a travel photographer based in Canada. I had the opportunity to get a behind a scenes look at DIVE.IS’ Midnight Sun tour.
Sometimes we read online reviews and we still can’t visualize what to expect. I’m hoping this post will provide a visual journey of each step of the tours and my own personal experience with DIVE.IS.
The meeting place
On the day of the tour, my friends and I had already been in Iceland for 8 days. We had great weather during the entire trip. Then on our last day, and the day of our tour, it rained. Sometimes these things happen.
Before we arrived. there was definitely a moment of dread as our minds imagined how it’s going to be snorkeling in the rain. In Iceland. In glacier water.
As approached the meeting point, there was a sigh of relief. Everything was set up, including the equipment and the heated changing rooms. Everything was designed to make it more comfortable for us.
Even the washrooms were heated.
Details is what DIVE.IS focused on. And details makes all the difference.
For the Instagram
Again the details. Part of the guides’ role is to take photos as keepsakes of the tour. It is important because not everyone is equipped with a dive-friendly camera.
I was very thankful for Deyan and Remco for taking these photos and providing it to us. It helps us to remember moments that we could not photograph ourselves.
One of these moments are the crystal clear waters of Silfra.
This next section includes the moments that DIVE.IS captured.
10:30PM - In the water, it was definitely cold. But not as cold as we thought. Tips by Deyan helped.
Even at 10:30 at night, the sun was still out. The benefit of the Midnight Sun in June. Underwater, the lighting as perfect even as it’s raining above water.
During the day tours, there are multiple tour groups operating in the same space and it can be busy. But this Midnight Sun tour, we were the only ones there. We felt this freedom to enjoy where we are. I don’t think we could have had this experience during the day tours. We really felt like we were the only ones in the entire park.
As we wrapped up our snorkeling and arrive back at camp, you would think we would be in bad spirits. We just came out of cold water, it’s still rainy, it’s still cold. But we weren’t. Even at the end, everything is done properly by Deyan and Remco. The same patience at the end as at the beginning.
The next picture encapsulates what I respect from Deyan and Remco. While we as guests were hiding out in the van, with the heater blaring (nice touch by Deyan), those two were packing up. It was still raining and it was still cold. Everything was meticulously packed up and stored.
I think it comes down to doing what they love, once you do, the care you put into your work shows the respect you have for it.
This is my favourite picture of the tour.
There are other diving companies out there in Iceland. DIVE.IS was the first one to set up these kind of tours, and they’ve had to continue to innovate as other companies joined the industry.
And I can’t speak to the other companies but our experience with DIVE.IS is that they truly care about what they do. This is reflected in the employees in the office and the guides out in-field. You can’t fake care in the age of online reviews. It is in the details that you find the truth and heart of a company.
Thank you to the entire team for making the experience so wonderful.