Iceland's highlights above and below the surface
The 5-Day Highlights of Iceland Dive Tour delivers precisely what its name promises. In five carefully planned days, we will explore Iceland’s varied and spectacular landscape and dive into Iceland’s unique and renowned underwater worlds.
On land we will visit the Golden Circle area near Reykjavík. Here we will witness the powerful geothermal and hydrothermal activity in the Geysir area and at the Gullfoss waterfall. The Golden Circle is Iceland’s most popular tourist excursion, and truly worth seeing, but we will also take you off the beaten path on our tour. With weather permitting, we will drive through the impressive Nesjavellir area on the way to Thingvellir. After the dives, you will have the opportunity to hike up Kerið, an old volcanic crater, and visit the boiling mud pots in the town of Hveragerði (´Hot Spring Garden´).
In the north we will explore the craters, lava fields, hot springs and otherworldly landscapes of the lake Mývatn area. From here we will also drive through moon-like terrain to get to Dettifoss, an impressive waterfall that holds the rank of Europe’s most powerful waterfall. You will also have a half day free in Akureyri during which time you can stroll through the town, go horseback riding, hiking, or relax in a café.
The sites that we will dive are the “best of the best” diving locations that Iceland has to offer. In the south we will dive Silfra, the famous dive between the continents with the greatest underwater visibility on the planet. The other dive sites are located in the north of Iceland. The first are the hydrothermal vents Strýtan and little Strýtan in Eyjafjörður. These are the only underwater geothermal chimneys known to man shallow enough to be dived by recreational divers, and the chimneys attract abundant marine life. In Eyjafjörður we will also dive “The French Gardens” and “The Wall,” which are amazing geological structures with thriving marine life. Next is Nesgjá, a freshwater site also referred to as the “Silfra of the North.” Last but not least is Litlaá, which is a geothermally heated river that we will snorkel. The river contains dancing volcanic sands and multi-colored sediments leaping from the riverbed.
This tour is conducted with a minimum of four participants and maximum of six participants. Because of the challenging nature of the dives in the north, each diver must have experience diving in a dry suit and be certified at the level of PADI Advanced Open Water or the equivalent from another diving organization.