West Iceland

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Akranes Ocean Diving Tour

Wildlife and kelp forests in West Iceland

Dive in the North Atlantic Ocean

1 hour from Silfra

The town of Akranes is located about 40m from Reykjavik on the other side of the bay. This small town is not visited by a lot of tourists although it boasts a beautiful lighthouse and Guðlaug, a geothermal pool on the beach, that are both well worth a visit.

We will enter the ocean from a beach right by the Akranes campsite. The entrance is accessible and easy to enter and exit.

The North Atlantic ocean is full of Kelp forests which offer a great habitat for a number of marine species, including lumpsuckers, nudibranches, and a wide variety of invertebrates. Colorful algae also flourish here off the coast of Iceland.

You will most likely notice pairs of eyes sticking out of the sandy patches of the ocean floor where the flounders live. Soft orange coral also intermittently decorates the sandy ocean floor. In the area of the kelp forests, a wolf fish might pay you an unexpected visit or stick its head out of a pile of rocks, looking a bit like a prehistoric creature.

The pick up time of this tour depends on the tides. We usually want to end our dive around the peak of the high tide. Note that ocean dives in Iceland depend on the weather and it can happen that scheduled ocean dive trips have to be canceled due to unfortunate weather conditions. If that is the case we usually have a plan B and can offer you other dive sites, such as Garður), Bjarnagjá), Kleifarvatn), Davíðsgjá) or Silfra) that do not depend on the weather as much as the ocean.

Tour Details

  • 1 April - 31 October

  • Don't see a tour time that works for you? Contact us at dive@dive.is and we will find the best time

  • 3 hours

  • Maximum ratio of 3 divers per 1 dive guide

  • Minimum 2 divers per dive instructor, we will refund you in full if the minimum is not met

  • Pick up can be arranged for an extra fee

From ISK 54.990

Included

  • Dive Instructor
  • 1 guided dive
  • All necessary dive equipment
  • Hot chocolate and cookies after the dive

Please bring

  • Your SCUBA dive certification card (PADI Open Water or equivalent)
  • Proof of dry suit diving certification OR written proof from a diving instructor of 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of tour date
  • Long underwear
  • Thick socks
  • Suitable clothes for the weather of the day
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Safety requirements

  • be a certified diver at the level of PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent

  • Have dry suit diving certification OR have at least 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of the Silfra 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 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

  • be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit

  • not be pregnant

Timeline of your tour

Experience the tour

Guides on this tour

You will dive here

Akranes campsite

Akranes campsite
Akranes, 300 Iceland

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