Silfra & Strýtan Hydrothermal Chimneys
Back by popular demand, our compact Strýtan dive tour offering Iceland´s most popular dive sites in only 3 days!
The 3-Day Strýtan Tour Includes:
- The unique Strýtan hydrothermal chimneys and home to the ever charming wolf fish in the north
- The lovely Nesgjá, Silfra´s counterpart in the northeast
- A snorkel with trout in a geothermally heated river!
- And last, but not least, the one and only Silfra lava fissure, the ‘dive between the continents’
We will start the tour by picking you up at your accommodation in the Reykjavik area and drive up North to the lovely Eyjafjörður fjord. On this drive you will see a nice variety of Iceland´s beautiful landscape. (NOTE: we can also pick you up in Akureyri, if you already find yourself up north and want to join this 3-Day tour.) On arrival the boat will be waiting for us to do 2 dives at both the big and small Strýtan hydrothermal chimneys.
A 55m tall pinnacle made up of petrified mineral deposits rising up from the bottom of Eyjafjörður fjord, the big Strytan chimney is surely something to behold! With the nearest bottom at 70m, this dive requires outstanding buoyancy control and reasonable physical fitness. As the only such hydrothermal chimney in the world accessible to recreational divers, this is site is of great interest to divers and scientists alike.
The little Strytan chimney may be smaller than its counterpart across the fjord, but it is no less interesting. If anything, many divers, given the option, will prefer re-visiting the smaller of the two chimneys. The reason for that is the abundance of exciting and varied marine life found around the 10m tall cone-shaped stack of pink algae covered rocks and mineral deposits. Ranging from the minuscule skeleton shrimp to the menacing, but ultimately quite friendly, wolf fish; nesting lumpsuckers, colourful scorpionfish, inquisitive cod – not to mention nudibranchs and crustaceans of all stripes – you won´t know where to look! Also, with the bottom at 20-25m, this site is the shallower and less challenging of the two.
On the second day we will drive to the beautiful Nesgjá lava fissure for an unforgettable fresh water dive in a secluded location. Often referred to as ´Silfra´s counterpart´, this crystal clear glacial melt water-filled crevasse is part of the same fault line as Silfra, separating the North-American continental shelf from the Eurasian one. After our dive we will snorkel in a geothermally heated river where good sized trout are often spotted up close, along with the mysterious ´dancing sands´. About half of our guests do this one in their swimming suits! We will also visit one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls Goðafoss (The Waterfall of the Gods) and the charming town of Húsavík.
On the last day we get up for the drive back South to the Thingvellir National Park where we will dive the magnificent, the incomparable, the one-and-only Silfra fissure. A dive in this spring fed wonder of nature is the most spectacular way you can imagine to round off your 3-Day dive adventure… and to rinse your dive gear!
Minimum 4 divers
Maximum 6 divers
- 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)
- Transportation on land and water
- 2 nights accomodation, breakfast included
- 5 guided dives
- 1 Geothermal snorkel excursion
- Air tanks and weights
- All other activities and everything not stated in the itinerary.
- Diving equipment (other than cylinders and weights)
For available departures, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Safety requirementsParticipants must:
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 able to communicate in English
not be pregnant
Guides on this tour
Frequently asked questions about our 3-Day Strýtan Dive Tour
Can I still join your Multiple Day Dive Tours or Dive Expeditions if I haven´t dived in a long while?
Depending on your previous dive experience and level of dive training, if you haven't dived for a period of six months or more and are feeling a little rusty, we would suggest you do a refresher dive course prior to departure. While Iceland is known for it´s crystal clear and calm fresh water dive sites, some of our dive sites are deep, others have strong currents or sometimes low visibility. Those are the reasons we usually do require that our divers have a minimum of 4-10 logged dry suit dives and a total of 30-40 logged dives, depending on the dive tour.
What are your health requirements for joining your Multi-Day Dive Tours?
As with any dive tour – or indeed any dive – anyone who´s reasonably fit and healthy is usually good to go diving. In case you´re not sure we suggest to consult a (dive) doctor for a check-up before booking a dive tour. At any rate, you will be asked to sign a medical statement and liability release whereby you take responsibility for your own fitness to dive.
What clothes/equipment do we need to bring on your Multi-Day Dive Tours?
In terms of personal gear, all your regular travel kit, plus some warm, wind and water proof clothing. Even in the middle of summer the temperatures can get low (to below 10°C at night) so a good fleece – or better yet, Icelandic wool – will be essential, along with a hat and gloves. Also, while we tend not to get heavy, sustained rain, our summers can see their fair amount of precipitation, therefore you´ll need some form of rain protection to keep you dry between dives and on our sightseeing stops. It is important to have strong shoes, for example hiking boots, as much of the terrain in Iceland is uneven and rugged. And on our 5 and 10-day tour you will have access to a hot-tub at one of the hotels, so it is a good idea to bring swimwear. In terms of dive gear, most of our multi-day dive tour participants bring their own full sets of dive equipment. However, we do have a full range of top of the line dive equipment for hire at reasonable rates. Please contact us at email@example.com for a price list.
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