Diver in Nesgjá, Iceland

5 day Highlights Of Iceland Dive Tour

Dive the big five

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.

Day 1: We will start our trip by visiting the National Park Þingvellir, located about an hour drive from Reykjavik, to dive Davíðsgjá, often described as Silfra’s darker wilder sibling. This spectacular lava ravine has long been known by the local dive community, but rarely visited by others than locals, reason being the close proximity to the world-renowned Silfra. However, this mystical dive site, located on the edge of the Arctic char’s protected spawning grounds, is the perfect alternative to Silfra - just off the beaten path. After our one extended dive, we will make our way up north where we will spend the next 3 nights in a lovely hotel in Akureyri.

Day 2:On our second day we will dive the majestic Strýtan! It is located in Eyjafjörður fjord, is a 55m towering hydrothermal chimney that reaches up to 15m below the surface. On the opposite side of the fjord lies Littla Strýtan, a bit smaller chimney but all the same a favourite dive site by many locals, as it is probably one of the world’s best places to observe wolf fish in their natural habitat. The place is literally crowded with them and you might even get to meet our wolf fish friend, Stefanie. We will take the morning early with a boat dive to have the whole day ahead of us to explore these two dives sites.
Strýtan has been a protected nature reserve since 2OO1 and is subject to extensive research and observation by scientists from all over the world, therefore these sites are for experienced divers only, as a complete buoyancy control is required.

Day 3: On our second day up north we will start with a scenic drive from your hotel to Nesgjá, which is the result of tectonic movement and the divergence of the Eurasian and North American continental plates. Similar to Silfra and Davíðsgjá, but also quite different in many ways. Nesgjá is modestly shallow but amazingly beautiful and has often been called “Silfra of the north”. After our dive in Nesgjá we will continue on to Littlaá, a 17°C geothermal river, for a one of a kind snorkelling experience. You will be mesmerized by the dancing volcanic sands and multi- coloured sediments leaping from the bottom. Heated water erupts from below the bottom causing beautiful bubbling sand pools and ripples in the riverbed while you drift along the surface above. Before we head back to our hotel in Mývatn, we will do the famous Diamond Circle which includes Goðafoss waterfall, Ásbyrgi Canyon, Lake Mývatn, Húsavík and Dettifoss waterfall. After a long day of sightseeing we will end it in the Mývatn Nature Baths for a good relaxation before our good night sleep.

Day 4: Today we are back to diving in Eyjafjörður fjord where we dived the chimneys on day 2. This time we are doing one dive and aiming for either The French gardens or The Wall, both of which are amazing geological structures with an abundance of marine life: including red fish, lump suckers, wolf fish. Also, they are known for their colourful display of anemones and rocks covered with algae in shades of pink and purple you did not know existed. After the boat dive this morning we head back to the city where we will stay the night at a stunning Icelandair hotel in central Reykjavík.

Day 5: On the final day of the tour, we head out early from our hotel to dive Iceland’s most famous dive site, Silfra. Silfra is located in Thingvellir National Park, an area of immense interest to geologists and cultural historians alike. The rift valley of Thingvellir was created by the slow separation of the Eurasian and North American continental plates, and it was here that the original settlers of Iceland held their annual legislative assembly. The Silfra fissure is the exact location where the continental plates divide; at one point in the dive, you can touch the walls of each continent. As the water that fills Silfra is glacial water that has been filtered through basalt lava rock for a distance of 50 km, Silfra’s underwater visibility is unparalleled by any other dive site on the planet.
After the dive, we will head to see the famous Golden Circle which includes Geysir and the most photographed waterfall in all of Iceland, Gullfoss. This magnificent natural monument should not be missed by any visitor to Iceland. Tumbling down a deep gorge, it has a number of great places to take pictures and enjoy the view.

Tour Details

  • April - September

  • 5 days

  • Minimum 3 divers

  • Maximum 12 divers

Please bring:

  • Your PADI Advanced Dive Certification or equivalent.
  • Proof of dry suit experience. A drysuit certification or proof of minimum 10 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:

  • All transportation on land and water
  • 4 nights accomodation
  • Breakfast from day two
  • Up to 6 dives in 4 different locations
  • 1 guided snorkel
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Scuba cylinders and weights

Excluded:

  • Lunch and dinner on all days
  • Snacks and beverages
  • All other activities and everything not stated in the itinerary
  • Diving equipment (other than cylinders and weights)

Departures:

Please check our available departures on our availability calendar

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 PDF

  • 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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