The 3 Day Reykjavík Dive Tour
Your introduction into arctic diving
This 3 day Reykjavík based dive tour is an excellent way to experience the diving and natural wonders of south western Iceland while staying in the city over a long weekend or as part of an extended stay.
Take part in the ultimate introduction to arctic diving as we plunge into the Atlantic Ocean in Garður on the Reykjanes peninsula, dive in Silfra fissure between tectonic plates and her darker sibling Davíðsgjá fissure also in Thingvellir National Park. Between dives we will visit the dramatic sea cliffs and steaming natural hot springs of the Reykjanes peninsula. We will also travel the famous Golden Circle route including the spectacular Geysir and unmissable Gullfoss waterfall.
Dive.is deserves 6 stars
A diving club very suitable for experienced cold water divers:
- diving in Silfra: unique but a little too touristy
- in Davidðsgjá: near Silfra truly exclusive for experienced divers
- in Garður at sea
Guides, French-speaking, of exemplary kindness, service and professionalism.
Thanks to Joey!
Thanks to Jonathan!
Thanks to Lorenzo!
Convenient club that picks you up from the hotel and brings you back in the evening.
The schedule was generally well respected despite a 3-day storm.
Real capacity to react in case of necessity (unlikely weather, etc.)
April - September
Minimum 3 divers
Maximum 12 divers
Please note that in order to confirm a tour departure, we need to reach the minimum number of divers
- Your PADI Open Water diver or equivalent (participants must bring their diver certification card).
- 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
- Warm outdoor clothing (Parka or down jacket, hat and gloves), Long underwear, thick warm socks, your private dive gear, swimwear and towel. Thermal underwear recommended.
- If you wear glasses, please bring contact lenses or your own prescription mask if you have one.
- A dive guide for 3 days and 3 dives in 3 different locations.
- Pickup and transportation to and from sites.
- 2 after dive sightseeing tours, the Reykjanes peninsula and the Golden Circle.
- Scuba cylinders and weights
- Entrance fee to Fontana spa
- Entrance fee to the Lava tunnel
- Non-diver includes a snorkeling tour to Silfra and Davíðsgjá
- All meals and beverages
- Diving equipment (other than cylinders and weights)
- All other activities and everything not stated in the itinerary
This tour is depending on availability.
Safety requirementsParticipants 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 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 able to communicate in English
not be pregnant
Timeline of your tour
Davíðsgjá fissure - The Lava Tunnel - Reykjavík
Today we will start our diving journey by diving in Davíðsgjá fissure, Silfra's darker sibling.
Davíðsgjá, like Silfra, is a fissure located in Lake Þingvallavatn. Davíðsgjá is not as famous as Silfra, but it is a favourite among local divers. At Davíðsgjá you can walk straight into the water and after a nice shallow swim in water that is usually warmer than Silfra, you will enter the long, deep and narrow fissure.
The maximum depth of the dive in this fissure is 21 meters. Davíðsgjá often has incredible underwater visibility, although this varies and is more dependent on weather than in Silfra. The top of fissure in Davíðsgjá is actually about 7 meters underwater, which allows for more contact with the water in Þingvallavatn lake. It is therefore common that trout join the divers in exploring this fissure.
After the dive we will head to the Lava Tunnel near Thorlákshöfn, to experience the magnificent Raufarhólshellir lava cave before heading back to Reykjavik.
Ocean dive tour - Reykjanes peninsula
On our second day we will head to the other end of the Reykjanes peninsula to do an Ocean dive in Garður. Garður means garden in Icelandic, and it does indeed contain a bountiful garden of over 42 species of marine algae. The algae are a vital part of the Icelandic marine diet and an ancient food source known to have been consumed as far back as over 1000 years ago by the original settlers of Iceland. Not only do the algae provide basic and essential nutrients, they are also colorful and diverse in design. In addition to this lovely garden, you will also dive around extensive kelp forests. These forests are a great habitat for many species of fish. We often see wolf fish, scorpion fish, all kinds of flatfish, monkfish, and more.
After the dive we will continue traveling the peninsula for a sightseeing tour. This tour includes stops at the Bridge between the continents , Gunnuhver hot spring and Brimklettar cliffs. This day is a perfect opportunity to book an additional Blue Lagoon tour!
Silfra - Golden Circle - Fontana Spa
On the last day we will head to the most popular dive site in the country, Silfra! The site is located in the Thingvellir National Park and in 2004 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, for its cultural and historical significance as well as its natural and geological uniqueness. The dive begins by plunging into the world’s clearest water. Underground springs in this area will help make this dive a breeze, we will move through the site aided by the gentle flow of glacial spring water. We’ll endeavor to make this an extended dive so that we pass through the most famous sections of Silfra all in one epic fell swoop.
After the dive we will head to see the famous Golden circle. The first stop is the Geysir geothermal area. The second stop is the most photographed waterfall in all of Iceland, Gullfoss waterfall. This magnificent natural monument shouldn't be missed by any visitor to Iceland. Tumbling down a deep gorge, it offers a number of great places to take pictures and enjoy the spray from this "Golden Waterfall".
From Gullfoss we will make a stop at Laugarvatn Fontana Spa. There you can soak and relax in geothermal heated water before going back to Reykjavik.
Experience the tour
Guides on this tour
You will dive here
Day 1: Davíðsgjá fissure
Davíðsgjá in Thingvellir National Park
Day 1: Lava Tunnel
Accommodation in Reykjavik
Day 2: Garður Ocean tour and sightseeing around Reykjanes Peninsula
Day 3: Silfra fissure
Thingvellir National Park
Day 3: Golden circle sightseeing Geysir geothermal area
Geysir Geothermal area
Day 3: Golden circle sightseeing Gullfoss waterfall
Day 3: Fontana Spa