Dive the Icelandic sea
On the Ocean Diver Day Tour you will join the undersea inhabitants of the North Atlantic for a swim through Iceland’s cool coastal scene.
Our favorite local ocean dive site is Garður, located at the tip of the Reykjanes peninsula and a one hour drive from Reykjavik. Garður is a shore dive.
Kelp forests offer a great habitat for a number of marine species, including lumpsuckers, nudibranchs, 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.
As on all our tours, we will pick you up at your hotel in the Reykjavik area and bring you back afterwards and offer you some light snacks during the dive break.
The pick up time of this tour depends on the tides. We usually want to end our second 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.
Our Souvenirs can be purchased in your booking process by selecting them under "Extras". If the Souvenir you are looking for is not listed below please contact us or leave a comment in your booking and we will bring it on tour with us.
Dry Suit course + Ocean Diver Day Tour
On 29 and 30 July, we joined the dry suit specialty course and ocean diver day tour organised by Dive.is. Our instructor Patrik delivered everything with tact and professionalism. He was patient, thoughtful, helpful and detailed. The equipment was in very good condition... I'd like to express my heartfelt thanks to him and his supporting staff...
On the 2nd day, we did 2 extra dives. 1st one was near a pier and the 2nd one was at a crack near Keflavik. The weather was perfect with good sunlight, we had very good visibility in the 1st ocean dive... we were surrounded by big schoolssss of fish at dept 10m -15m, no wonder people went fishing here. Patrik held a buoy throughout the dive and acknowledged the fisherman at pier of our presence... as said, he's always thoughtful and put safety as top priority....
I love my experience in these 2 days, and in fact, I couldn't mention every single detail of how we individually were taken care of... I'd definitely recommend others to try out sth similar in the future!
Minimum 2 participants
3 divers per dive instructor
1.April - 30.September
- Your SCUBA dive certification card (PADI Open Water or equivalent)
- Proof of dry suit certification or 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of tour date
- Long underwear
- Thick socks
- Suitable clothes for the weather of the day
- Free hotel pick up and return in Reykjavik
- Dive instructor
- 2 guided dives in the Ocean (if temperature drops below 0°C we do only 1 dive)
- All necessary dive equipment
- Hot choclate and cookies in the dive break
Departure time depends on the tides
Safety requirementsAll participants must:
be a certified diver at the level of PADI Open Water or equivalent
have dry suit diving certification and a logged dry suit dive within two years of the tour date OR have at least 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of the 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 Diving Silfra Medical Statement PDF
have our Diving Medical form signed off by a doctor if they are age 60 or older PDF
sign our liability release form at the start of the diving tour 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 ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit
be able to communicate in English
not be pregnant
Your bookable extras
Guides on this tour
The possible dive sites
Frequently asked questions about our Ocean Diver Day Tour
Do you offer photo packages from the dive and snorkel tours?
Of course! Our guides do their best to make your day at Silfra as memorable as possible. They carry top quality underwater cameras and take high resolution photos of both participants and the surroundings. You can view the photos after your tour and decide if you would like to purchase them. The photos are sold as a package, where you receive access to all the photos taken by your guide and our "Best of Silfra" collection folder, all of which will be made available to you via Dropbox. The price for the photo package is ISK 2.990,-
I forgot my certification card. Is there any way to look my certification up online?
If you are PADI or SSI certified we can often look you up online. We need you full name (incl. middle name) and your birth date, as it appears on your certification card, before the tour starts. Please be aware that both PADI and SSI sometimes have glitches in their website/data imput, which results in your records not being findable. If you are certified with any other organization, we are unfortunately unable to look you up. In either of these cases you will not be able to participate. It is therefor best to always carry your dive cards, or to sign up for PADI e-cards, which are stored on an App on your phone. If you have only recently certified, the temporary card that is emailed to you by your instructor is acceptable proof.
I use glasses, is that a problem?
Unfortunately it is not possible to wear glasses underneath the dive mask, as the mask would fill with water. We therefore advise that if you are near-sighted (i.e. you need glasses for distance), that you consider wearing contact lenses or bring your own prescription mask with you. If you are snorkelling and have prescription swimming goggles you are able to wear them, but you must also bring a nose clip to close of your nose, so that you are able to use your snorkel. If your prescription is not very strong (up to approximately -4) you may find that the natural magnification of the water will still allow you to see quite clearly. Should you need to purchase contact lenses, there are several opticians in Reykjavik where you would be able to do so.
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