Diver observes the amazing hydrothermal chimneys

3-Day Strýtan Dive Tour

Dive some of the world's most unique dive sites

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!

Tour Details

  • Upon Request

  • 3 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
  • 2 nights accomodation, breakfast included
  • 5 guided dives
  • 1 Geothermal snorkel excursion
  • Air tanks and weights

Excluded:

  • All other activities and everything not stated in the itinerary.
  • Dinner
  • Diving equipment (other than cylinders and weights)

Departures:

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

Safety requirements

Participants 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

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Guides on this tour

You might be guided by one of these nice guys.

Frequently asked questions about our 3-Day Strýtan Dive Tour

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