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Snorkeling Silfra in Iceland

 Snorkeling Silfra in Iceland

 

Rarely would someone consider 32-degree (F) water inviting to snorkelers and divers. But Silfra–the point in Iceland where the American and European continents diverge–is an unassuming slice of paradise.

We embarked on this adventure with help from DIVE.IS, Iceland’s premiere PADI Dive Center. Our guides met us at Thingvellir National Park, which sits 40 minutes away from Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik. After a short drive we found ourselves at the beautiful dive site!

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Before getting anywhere near the chilling water, we needed to get suited up. Our guides happily assisted us in pulling on our heavy dry suits, guiding our heads and hands through the rubber neck and sleeves, and making sure the icy water wouldn’t seep through any loose spaces. Getting dressed was quite a chore, but totally worth the effort!

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Being pushed through the birth canal

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Lobster hands!

Once we were done getting dressed, we collected our equipment–a snorkel, mask, and fins. We clumsily made the short walk to the spot where we’d enter the water. Our guides provided us with a helpful briefing at this point and answered all of our lingering questions. Once the briefing was complete, we made our way down the steep metal stairs into the frigid chasm.

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It took a moment to adjust to the temperature, but once I dipped my head beneath the surface, I was absolutely blown away by what I saw. Sunlight streamed down into the perfectly clear water and revealed a gaping divide in the earth. This split was framed by massive boulders that seemed to float in the brilliant blue water.

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My reaction to the gorgeous scene was so strong, I almost forgot to breathe. I would have sunk had I not been wearing the naturally buoyant drysuit, which allowed me to float effortlessly on the water’s surface. For 40 minutes we got to swim through and take pictures of this surreal aquatic landscape.

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Our kind guides helped us remove our waterlogged suits, which kept the thermal underwear we’d worn underneath completely dry. Once everyone was changed the guides treated us to some delicious hot chocolate and cookies.

We had an absolutely wonderful experience with DIVE.IS. Snorkeling Silfra is an adventure I recommend to every traveler passing through Iceland. You definitely won’t regret it!

Booking Information

The trip: DIVE.IS offers the Silfra Snorkeling Trip all throughout the year. Participants must be 12 or older, able to swim, physically fit, and able to wear constricting clothing for a short period of time. The Silfra Snorkeling day tour costs ISK 16,990 (USD $129) per person and lasts a total of 3-4 hours. Click here to book your trip!

In addition to snorkeling, DIVE.IS offers drysuit diving courses, diving trips, and other exciting tours that include diving, snorkeling, and sightseeing. Click here to view their full list of tours. 

If you have any questions about the tours DIVE.IS offers, you can contact a representative at dive@dive.is. Thanks for reading!

 

Disclosure: DIVE.IS kindly provided me with a discounted trip in exchange for coverage on this site


 

BIOGRAPHY

 

1. Shazia Sarah Chiu, 22, Female
 
 
3. Approximately a month and a half
 
4.June: Washington DC, Iceland, Nevada 
   July: Montana (possibly; this trip is a little up in the air still)
   August: California
   September: Start of year-long, round-the-world trip. My husband and I plan to make our first stops in Hawaii, New      Zealand, and Australia. 
 
5. My favorite outdoor activities include horseback riding, rock climbing, canyoneering (canyoning), backpacking, scuba diving, and skiing. I enjoy basically all outdoor recreational activities. 
 
6. Mediterranean or South Pacific
 
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Shazia Chiu