On the Diamond Circle
Nesgjá is another lovely fresh water fissure with the crystal clear water that is so unique to Iceland. It is often called the Silfra of the North as it has such similar qualities as the famous Silfra in the South.
Due to the activity of the tectonic plates, tension builds up in the earth’s crust. Every couple of years this tension is released through earthquakes. These earthquakes create cracks that can be seen from the south west of Iceland all the way to the north east. The Eurasian and North American continental plates meet deep down under the earth’s crust along this line.
Some of these fissures are filled with water, usually glacial water that has been filtering through lava fields for many years, before it flows into rivers, the ocean or these fresh water fissures. After dripping for a such long time through porous lava rock, the water has been filtered perfectly and is literally as clear as it gets.
Nesgjá is quite shallow but amazingly beautiful. The lagoon is huge and as one of our instructors says: “The visibility depends solely on the quality of your dive mask.” You can see further than 100 meters.
Sometimes we get to see arctic charr, a certain type of salmonide in the fissure.
Quite often we have non-divers accompanying a diver on one of these tours and Nesgjá is a perfect opportunity to go snorkeling.
This location is on the Diamond circle about 30 minutes from the whale-watching town of Húsavík and a short distance from Ásbyrgi canyon, making this the perfect Diamond circle selfdrive tour. Other destinations on the Diamond circle include Goðafoss (waterfall of the Gods), the infamous Dettifoss waterfall and the beautiful Lake Mývatn.
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Approx. 2.5 hours at the site
Maximum ratio of 3 divers per 1 dive guide
Minimum 1 diver per guide. We will refund you in full if the minimum is not met
Snorkeling option available
- Dive Instructor
- 1 guided dive
- All necessary dive equipment
- Hot chocolate and cookies after the dive
- Your SCUBA dive certification card (PADI Open Diver 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
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
- When you arrive at Nesgjá fissure you will meet the DIVE.IS guide who will give you a detailed briefing of the diving tour and get you dressed into our top quality diving dry suit and other gear.
- You will enter Nesgjá fissure at the entry point and dive down the fissure for about 30-45 minutes.
- Then, you will exit the fissure and walk back to the parking lot.
- After the diving tour, we will warm you up with hot cocoa and cookies.
Experience the tour
Guides on this tour
You will dive here
You will meet us at Nesgjá. You drive from Húsavík towards Lón 2 farm and Mórúnir wool shop (approximately 35 minutes) and pass the farm. Take the first left turn after you pass the farm towards Fjöll (road number 8877. Stay on that road for 4-5 minutes and there you will see your guide in a DIVE.IS white minivan.