Imagine floating down an ancient fissure that lies between two continents – sounds pretty incredible right?
Iceland is home to some of the most raw and rugged landscapes so it would come as no surprise to find out that this underwater canyon between two tectonic plates has some of the clearest water on earth.
What is even more incredible is that the team at Dive.Is offer snorkelling and scuba trips into the Silfra Fissure, allowing you to experience this natural wonder from beneath the surface. This is probably the most important element, as it just looks like a small and unimpressive creek from the ground above, and it isn’t until you get underwater that the true beauty of the fissure is revealed.
This fissure is located along the Golden Circle route and takes about an hour to drive from Reykjavik.
On arrival we met our guides and geared up in full body dry suits. Thermals can be worn underneath the suit so your body is quite well-protected from the cooler temperature of the water.
There’s a maximum of 8 people per group, so it is quite an intimate experience with nature.
As we followed the steps down into the water, I remember it being quite hard to believe that the place I had seen in all of the photos was about to exist in the setting we were in.
Snow covered the large rocks lining the edges of the fissure and the water almost looked brown from the reflections of the rock. The moment I put my head beneath the water, I was blown away by the sight of the dramatic landscape.
I loved hearing the reactions of each person that entered the water after me; they would gasp or laugh through their snorkels, in as much disbelief as I was in!
There was a gentle current that ran through the fissure, which meant we didn’t have to do a lot apart from float and enjoy the scenery. Every single direction I looked in was absolutely breathtaking!
Visibility in the Silfra Fissure and lagoon is considered to be the clearest in the world – reaching up to 150m in parts. The light seeped through from the sky above which revealed so many different shades of blue and created stunning light rays that reached down into the depths of the canyon.
I can totally see why this tour is #1 on TripAdvisor! The team at Dive.Is describe the experience as ‘liquid meditation’ – your heart rate slows and time almost stands still, just magical.
If you want to appreciate every moment of the tour, the guide will take photos for you which you can then purchase after the trip. This took the pressure off worrying about capturing the experience and allowed me to fully immerse myself in the natural surroundings.
After the tour, snacks and hot chocolate are ready and waiting – the perfect way to warm up after an incredible morning floating between two continents. This was a truly unique, fun and education adventure and I highly recommend adding it to your list of things to do when visiting Iceland.