The Askja caldera
located in Vatnajökull National Park
First Dive Expedition to Askja
In 2011 the DIVE.IS team decided it is time to dive another dive site that no one had dived before. Some of us had visited Askja on land and had wondered what the diving in Iceland´s second largest lake must be like. The visibility looked good. The hike to Askja lake from the parking lot was loooong. Nothing prepared us for this experience.
We had a mission, so on this first expedition we drove a 10 hour drive straight from Reykjavik to Askja.
On a tour today we would ideally combine this trip with a number of stops on the way to and back from Askja such as to Strýtan, Nésgjá, Litla á, Tear of Odin and Davidsgjá.
hike - most extreme physical challange to hike with all dive gear
Diving in Askja lake
amazingly colourful agae
220m deep - second deepest in Iceland
how it came to existance
story of missing German scientists
Can I still join your Multiple Day Dive Tours or Dive Expeditions if I haven´t dived in a long while?
Depending on your previous dive experience and level of dive training, if you haven't dived for a period of six months or more and are feeling a little rusty, we would suggest you do a refresher dive course prior to departure. While Iceland is known for it´s crystal clear and calm fresh water dive sites, some of our dive sites are deep, others have strong currents or sometimes low visibility. Those are the reasons we usually do require that our divers have a minimum of 4-10 logged dry suit dives and a total of 30-40 logged dives, depending on the dive tour.
My partner doesn't dive. Can she join me on a multi-day dive tour in Iceland?
Of course! Given Iceland's extreme – and extremely beautiful – nature, we go to great lengths to provide our guest with as many opportunities as possible to sightsee along the way. All our multi-day dive tours include a considerable amount of scenic stops, photo-ops, and travel between dive sites through stunning landscapes.
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.
When is the best time of year to visit Iceland?
Every time of year has its own benefits. It is least crowded in spring and autumn and you will often have a full range of activities available to you, but with less people than in summer, which is of course the busiest season here in Iceland. Winter has its own beauty and should not be dismissed, although it is not for the faint hearted as the weather can get quite extreme, and you would need to be flexible with your plans as tours can end up getting cancelled due to the weather. It is however the time for Northern Lights, so pros and cons as always. Please also be aware that winter lasts much later into the year than in most countries and there is often still snow in March and April. From a dive and snorkel point of view, it makes little difference which of the seasons you visit as our groups are small and the dive sites, visibility and marine life are pretty constant through out, varying more from day to day, than from season to season. The ocean temperatures are warmest, however, in summer and fall – about 8-12°C. For our other dive sites, such as our geothermal site and some of our other inland sites, are also warmest in summer and fall, although at a lower temperature, 6-8°C. Silfra however retains a constant temperature of 2-4°C.
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