Europe´s last wilderness
The DIVE.IS staff has been dreaming about this trip for the last 4 years!
This is year the dream will come true and we will do our first Dive Expedition from the Aurora, a beautiful 60 foot long sailing yacht.
We don’t use this boat for no reason, because where we are going, to the far outer Westfjords of Iceland, no car can go.
This far remote and uninhabited area of Iceland is known for its amazing landscapes and untamed nature and goes as “Europe’s last wilderness”.
Even without the diving element this trip is one of the most amazing, adventurous and back to the roots tours you can do in in this corner of the world.
The tour starts in Reykjavik at 8am on the 31st of May, 2014. We will pick you up at your hotel come to the dive center and sort out our gear before we drive half way to Ísafjörður where our yacht will be waiting for us.
We will do some serious top-side sight seeing and one ocean dive on the way. The second day will have a similar program and we will arrive in Ísafjörður in the evening. Bathing in natural hot springs and gazing at some of Iceland’s most amazing landscapes included. Well, that’s the reason we are driving and not flying this way.
On the eve of the second day we will take it easy in the capital of the West, Isafjörður, before we step on board the Britt, which will be our home for the next 6 nights.
Since we are in the far North Atlantic all itineraries have to be taken with a grain of salt. The plan is to sail to Hornvík, anchor there and dive around some of Iceland’s busiest bird cliffs.
Súlnastapi is a free standing rock with a depth of 10-20 meters all around it. Thousands of birds nest on the rock at this time of year and millions in the nearby cliff of Hælavíkurbjarg. Mostly Guillemots, Kittiwakes and Fulmars but also Cormorants, Puffins, Gulls and other birds. They will be diving all around the rock and should be easy to see while we are diving ourselves.
The rest of the program is still open and we leave it up to our gusto and the weather.
There are a number of places we are interested in exploring: A old whaling station, which promises plenty of whale bones and wreckage the whalers have left behind many years ago.
In this area are lots (and lots) of ship wrecks, that no one or very few have dived before.
These waters are furthermore full of marine life and we will try to find some suitable dive sites and leave room for the unexpected.
The plan is also to step foot on land and go for a hike or two with arctic foxes and the awesomeness of the wild.
On the last day we will step foot on land again and take a flight from Ísafjörður back to Reykjavik.