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Diving & Snorkeling Combo in North Iceland

Or a double snorkeling adventure for the non divers

Diving & Snorkeling Combo in North Iceland

This diving and snorkeling combo is located on the Diamond Circle in North Iceland. Join us on a diving tour in Nesgjá fissure and a snorkeling tour in Litlaá river. Both dive spots are located approx 15 min from each other making this combo a great addition to a Diamond circle selfdrive. If you do not have a diving certification, you can make this a double snorkeling adventure instead.

Nesgjá fissure diving tour
Nesgjá is a fresh water fissure with the crystal clear water that is so unique to Iceland. It is often called the Silfra of the North as it has such similar qualities as the famous Silfra in the South.

Due to the activity of the tectonic plates, tension builds up in the earth’s crust. Every couple of years this tension is released through earthquakes. These earthquakes create cracks that can be seen from the south west of Iceland all the way to the north east. The Eurasian and North American continental plates meet deep down under the earth’s crust along this line.

Some of these fissures are filled with water, usually glacial water that has been filtering through lava fields for many years, before it flows into rivers, the ocean or these fresh water fissures. After dripping for a such long time through porous lava rock, the water has been filtered perfectly and is literally as clear as it gets.
Nesgjá is quite shallow but amazingly beautiful. The lagoon is huge and as one of our instructors says: “The visibility depends solely on the quality of your dive mask.” You can see further than 100 meters.

Sometimes we get to see arctic charr, a certain type of salmonide in the fissure.
Quite often we have non-divers accompanying a diver on one of these tours and Nesgjá fissure is a perfect opportunity to go snorkeling.

Litlaá river - bubbling sands snorkeling tour
Litlaá, meaning "Little River," is located near the northern coast of Iceland, just south of the Arctic Circle. This is an unusual spot to find warm water, but thanks to a nearby geothermal active area, we get to enjoy snorkeling in water with a temperature of about 20°C, allowing us to explore its different parts in a very relaxed way.

The tour takes place in a lagoon called Brunnar, meaning "Wells." The water in this lagoon comes from two sources: hot water from a geothermal area nearby and freshwater from wells on the bottom of the lagoon. The lake's floor is full of mesmerizing dancing sands; it looks like something from a different planet. Some act like underwater eruptions, while others resemble underwater beaches. The cold water erupting from the bottom causes these beautiful designs described as the "Bubbling Sands" that you must see with your own eyes.

Because of the warm water temperature, we also find fields of strange green algae, plants, multicolored sediments, and a countless number of snails.

In the shallow rocky area at the edges of the lagoon, we find countless numbers of sticklebacks traveling around in large groups. The majestic Brown Trout eats sticklebacks and is sometimes spotted by snorkelers.

Before we end the tour, we will do a short river float before we get out. A bit below our exit point, the water mixes with Litlaá river, coming from Skjálftavatn lake. Where the two rivers meet is a very popular fishing spot with big Brown trouts, Sea trouts, Arctic char, and sometimes Arctic salmon.

Both locations are on the Diamond circle (10-15 min drive apart) about 30 minutes from the whale-watching town of Húsavík and a short distance from Ásbyrgi canyon, making this the perfect Diamond circle selfdrive tour. Other destinations on the Diamond circle include Goðafoss (waterfall of the Gods), the infamous Dettifoss waterfall and the beautiful Lake Mývatn.

Nánari upplýsingar

  • July

  • Don't see a tour time that works for you, contact us at dive@dive.is and we will find the best time for you

  • Approx. 6 hours. 2.5 hours at each dive site

  • Maximum ratio of 3 divers per 1 dive guide

  • Maximum 8 snorkelers per snorkel guide

  • Double snorkeling available for non-divers

  • Want to be more private? We can offer this tour as a private tour

Frá ISK 49.990

Included

  • Dive Instructor
  • 1 guided dive (or snorkel tour for non divers)
  • 1 guided snorkeling tour
  • All necessary dive and snorkeling equipment
  • Hot chocolate and cookies after each tour

Please bring

  • Your SCUBA dive certification card (PADI Open Diver Water or equivalent)
  • 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
  • Long underwear
  • Thick socks
  • Suitable clothes for the weather of the day
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Safety requirements

  • be a certified diver at the level of PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent (if diving)

  • Have dry suit diving certification OR have at least 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of the Silfra tour date and be able to provide written proof from a diving instructor of these dry suit dives (if diving) PDF

  • have read, signed, and followed directions on the online Diving/Snorkeling Medical Statement PDF

  • have our Diving/snorkeling Medical form signed off by a doctor if they are age 60 or older PDF

  • sign our liability release form 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 if diving (signature of legal guardian required for under 18 year old participants)

  • be at least 12 years of age if snorkeling on the year and at least 45 kg / 99 lbs

  • be physically fit

  • be able to communicate in English

  • be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit

  • not be pregnant

  • eat well before the tour

  • eat well before the tour

Timeline of your tour

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Nesgjá fissure

You will meet us at Nesgjá for the first part of your tour. You drive from Húsavík towards Lón 2 farm and Mórúnir wool shop (approximately 35 minutes) and pass the farm. Take the first left turn after you pass the farm towards Fjöll (road number 8877. Stay on that road for 4-5 minutes and there you will see your guide in a DIVE.IS white minivan.

Keldunes

You will then drive to Litlaá river which is located by Keldunes guesthouse. Your guide will lead the way.

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