A must for every dry suit diver
Dive into the most unique body of water in the world with unparalleled visibility. Silfra is a crack in the Earth ripped open by the movement of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The crystal clear glacial water filling the Silfra fissure has been filtered for decades through underground lava rock, providing over 100 meters of underwater visibility. The underwater scenery that you experience in Silfra is found nowhere else on Earth.
If you would like to ride to Silfra with us, your Silfra Diving Tour begins with pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavík. During the one-hour drive to Thingvellir National Park, your guide will introduce you to the unique geological and cultural history of Silfra and the surrounding Thingvellir area. If you have your own transportation to Silfra, you can also meet us directly at the Silfra meeting point in Thingvellir National Park.
At the Silfra Meeting Point, your guide will give you a detailed briefing of the dive site and will then assist you in setting up our dive equipment. We use high quality BARE and Aqualung brand SCUBA equipment and APEX or Aqualung regulators.
All divers on this Silfra Diving Tour must have dry suit diving certification OR 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of the Silfra tour date, which must be confirmed with written proof from a diving instructor.
In case you do not fulfill these requirements, you can take PADI Dry Suit Diver Certification Course (or equivalent) before coming to Iceland. Or you can also take the Dry Suit Diver Course & Diving Silfra 2-Day Package here with us in Iceland! Alternatively, you can also Snorkel in Silfra instead of scuba diving.
Then it’s time to take the plunge and experience diving into Silfra’s pristine, crystal clear water. Naturally filtered for decades by Iceland’s volcanic basaltic rock, you can easily take a sip during your dive – you won’t find purer drinking water.
During your dive you will explore the four main parts of Silfra. You will float through the Big Crack first, Silfra’s narrowest section, where you can have your ‘Dive Between the Continents’ photo taken. As the Silfra fissure widens you will find yourself in Silfra Hall with the possibility of spotting local ducks and geese paddling overhead. Near the opening to Thingvallavatn Lake we enter the majestic Silfra Cathedral – the deepest point of the dive. If there are divers ahead you will easily see the mesmerizing ‘chandelier effects’ of their rising bubbles. Lastly, your dive will conclude in the relaxed, endless visibility of Silfra Lagoon.
After the dive, we will make our way back along a 250 meter path with our dive gear and then warm our hands and spirits with hot chocolate and cookies. Don’t hesitate to let your guide know if you need assistance with your gear on the walk back!
The Silfra Diving Tour includes one dive which will take about 30-40 minutes, with a maximum depth of 18 meters.
If you have friends or family who are not certified divers but would also like to experience Silfra, they are welcome to join our Snorkelling Silfra Day Tour.
Our Souvenirs can be purchased when booking your Silfra Diving Tour under "Extras". If the Souvenir you are looking for is not listed, please contact us us or leave a message in the comment box during your booking and we will bring it on your Silfra Diving Tour.
The Silfra Tectonic Specialty Course can also be added on the Silfra Diving Tour under "Extras".
All year round, daily
Maximum ratio of 3 divers per 1 dive instructor
- Your SCUBA dive certification card (PADI Open Diver Water or equivalent)
- Proof of dry suit dive 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
- Dive Instructor
- 1 guided dive
- All necessary dive equipment
- Entrance fee into Silfra
- Hot chocolate and cookies in the dive break
Pick up times:
Please refer to the booking calendar on the right or contact our office to confirm your pick up time.
Safety requirementsParticipants must:
be a certified diver at the level of PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent
have dry suit diving certification and a logged dry suit dive within two years of the Silfra tour date 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 at the start of the Silfra dive 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 able to communicate in English
be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit
not be pregnant
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Frequently asked questions about our Diving Silfra Day Tour
Over the years we have collected the questions our divers have asked in regards to the Diving Silfra Day Tour.
Here are the most frequent ones. For the full searchable catalog view our FAQ page.
Are photos always taken on the Diving Day Tours?
Our dive guides carry an underwater camera on most dives in Silfra and other dive sites. The dive guides try to take as many great underwater photographs as possible on these dives. However, safety comes always first and it can occur that the dive guide chooses to not distract him-/herself from dive safety on particular dives in difficult conditions or with insecure divers. In that case it might happen that few or no photos are taken. We hope for your understanding should this be the case.
Usually the photos of the dives are available for purchase after the dive tour. Please check out our Souvenir page for more info.
How long are the Silfra dives?
Each of the Silfra dives is usually between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on air consumption, diver ability and customer comfort.
How long is the Silfra Diving Day Tour?
The duration of the Silfra Diving Day Tour is very dependent on the number of participants and their dive experience level, and as such we are unable to give a definitive time, but usually the tour time is around three hours at Silfra, including one dive. If however you are planning on doing two dives, please allow a maximum time of five hours for the Diving Silfra Tour. If you are using our transport then your total time of your Silfra Diving Day Tour is estimated to be a maximum of five hours from pick up to drop off, including one dive.
Why do I need to fill out a Diving Silfra Medical Statement?
Every diver joining our Silfra Diving Day Tour needs to fill out the Diving Silfra Medical Statement to make sure that he/she understands the difficulties and risks associated with the Silfra dives as listed on the left hand side of the form and by completing the medical questionaire on the right hand side of the form the participant confirms that he/she is fit and healthy to join the Silfra Diving Day Tour. This is done so that all divers enjoy a safe and happy dive tour.
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