An extraordinary dive tour
Strýtan is a hydrothermal chimney in the fjord that leads to the town of Akureyri in the north of Iceland. This is the only hydrothermal chimney that we know of on earth that is at a depth recreational divers can dive to. Please note that Akureyri is 400km north of Reykjavík.
The Strýtan day tour is guided by Erlendur Bogason, the discoverer and researcher of Strýtan and Arnarnesstrýtur, or divers he has trained.
You will feel the 79°C hot water steaming out of the cones and we will take some hot water with us up to the boat and make hot chocolate.
We will show you the variety of animals and plants living on the cones and you can help us discovering new animals we haven’t seen before.
At the small cones we will feed the wolf fish named Stefanía with the shell Arctica islandica. If you come in the first week of June we will dive down with Guillemot eggs, which we will boil at 24 meters depth. The boiling time for the eggs is 13 min.
You might also be interested in some of our Multiple Day Tours such as the 5-Day Highlights of Iceland Tour and our 10-day Tour around Iceland, which include guided tours to both the small and big Strýtan.
All year around
Minimum 1 diver per dive instructor
Maximum 3 divers per dive instructor
- Your PADI Advanced Dive Certification or equivalent.
- Proof of dry suit experience. A drysuit certification or proof of minimum 10 dry suit dives within the last year signed by an instructor.
- Warm clothes
- Long underwear
- Thick socks
- All transport
- Experienced dive guide
- All equipment
- Two dives
For available departures, please see the booking calander
have at minimum an Advanced SCUBA dive certification (PADI Advanced Open Water or the equivalent)
have dry suit diving certification and a logged dry suit dive within two years of the tour date OR have at least 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of the tour date and be able to provide written proof from a diving instructor of these dry suit dives PDF
have read, signed, and followed directions on the online Diving Silfra Medical Statement (link provided in confirmation email) PDF
have our Diving Medical form signed off by a doctor if they are age 60 or older PDF
sign our liability release form at the start of the tour PDF
be at minimum 150cm / maximum 200cm
be at minimum 45kg / maximum 120kg
fit within our dry suit size chart PDF
be at least 17 years of age (signature of legal guardian required for under 18 year old participants)
be physically fit
be able to communicate in English
not be pregnant
You will dive here
Strýtan Dive Center
Can my travel companion come with me on tour without participating in the tour?
Yes of course. We offer a special passenger fee of 9.990.-isk. Please note that you need to book this via email. If you are driving yourselves to the national park your companion can join for free as there is no entrace fee to the national park.
What is the weather in Iceland like?
During the summer months (June, July & August) it's sunny and warm(-ish) or overcast and wet, and often somewhere in between. The Icelandic weather famously changes at the drop of a woolly hat. So be prepared, bring your sun screen and short as well as your all-weather gear. Even in the middle of summer the temperatures can get low (to below 10°C at night) so a good fleece - or better yet, Icelandic wool - will be essential, along with a hat and gloves.
Why are there limitations to the diving?
Silfra is located in the National Park and as such it is subject to restrictions put in place by Icelandic law, which require all divers to be a minimum of 17 years old, hold at least an Open Water Certification (stating you can autonomously dive to at least 18m) or higher and have either a drysuit certificate or experience. It is also forbidden to enter into any overhead environment, regardless of training, or to dive deeper than 18m. Our other sites, are subject to the minimum age limit by law, and we require drysuit expereince for them, because they are fragile aquatic environments and have sligthly harder conditions than many other dive sites around the world.
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