Large school of cod passing by

Oh, My Cod - A Cod Spawning Expedition

Witness the unique natural event

Dive the big five and observe large schools of spawning Cod

The Cod Spawning Dive Expedition combines the Highlights of Iceland Tour with two days of observing large schools of cod in their spawning activities. Our partner in the north, Erlendur Bogason usually join us on this tour. Erlendur is the diver who discovered Strýtan (the geothermal chimneys) and he is the first and only diver to have filmed cod spawning in their natural environment.

Many huge schools of cod gather in the fjord Þistilfjörður for their spawning. Dives are usually not deeper than 25m and most of the fish are seen between at depths between 8m and 12m. Apart from the cod this is an excellent location to observe exciting North Altantic marine life, such as wolffish, lump suckers, starry rays, redfish, flatfish, nudibranchs, crustaceans, and more.

In addition to these ocean dives, we will follow the most of the itinerary of our Highlights of Iceland Tour, which includes dives in Silfra, Strýtan, and Nesgjá, and a snorkel in Litlaá.

Tour Details

  • April

  • 6 days

  • Minimum 4 divers

  • Maximum 6 divers

Please bring:

  • Your PADI Advanced Dive Certification or equivalent.
  • Proof of dry suit experience. A drysuit certification or proof of minimum 10 logged dry suit dives within the last year signed by an instructor.
  • Warm clothes
  • Long underwear
  • Thick socks
  • Dive equipment (All dive equipment can also be rented from us)

Included:

  • Transportation on land and water
  • 5 nights accomodation, breakfast and dinner included
  • 8-9 guided dives
  • 1 snorkel tour
  • Air tanks and weights
  • Expert guide on all days

Excluded:

  • Lunch, drinks and all other activity not stated in the included part.

Departures:

For available departures, please send us an email to dive@dive.is

Safety requirements

  • have at minimum an Advanced SCUBA dive certification (PADI Advanced Open Water or the 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

  • have read, signed, and followed directions on the 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 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 ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit

  • be able to communicate in English

  • be able to communicate in English

  • not be pregnant

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Guides on this tour

You might be guided by one of these nice guys.

Frequently asked questions about our Cod Spawning Expedition

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