underwater shot snorkeler floating above sediment bottom of geothermal freshwater river Litlaá looking at bubbling puddle

Litlaá

A Dazzling geothermal river

Take a break from the cold and float through warmer waters

Litlaá, meaning “Little River” in Icelandic, is located near the northern coast of Iceland, just south of the arctic circle. This is an unusual place to find a 17°C river, but the geothermal activity keeps it a nice warm temperature. As it is a shallow river, we snorkel instead of dive. The river’s floor is full of mesmerising dancing volcanic sands and multicoloured sediments leaping from the bottom. The heated water erupts from below the bottom causes beautiful designs and ripples in the riverbed while you drift along the surface above. It will make even the most experienced divers wonder if it is indeed possible to have nitrogen narcosis from only snorkelling!

We visit Litaá on our5-Day Highlights of Iceland Tour and 10-Day Ultimate Tour Around Iceland.

Litlaá

North Iceland

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