Diving and snorkeling in Iceland
Iceland is a geologic hot spot and famous for everything that's warm: volcanoes, hot springs, and thick wool sweaters. It, therefore, seems far-fetched to pick this country for diving and snorkeling in ice-cold oceans and lakes. But the ones who leave the bathtub warm waters of our comfortable swimming pools will be rewarded with a view of a magnificent underwater world. So, squeeze yourself into a dry suit and jump!
No diver's license, no problem
Scuba diving and snorkeling in Iceland means exploring geologically unique sites and getting into the middle of a country, that is still in the making. Local diving companies offer tours for certified scuba divers in different difficulty levels.
But also without a diver's license, you have the chance to explore Iceland's underwater world. A big selection of exciting trips for physically fit snorkelers is available with most .
Each part of the country offers exciting dives. A trip around Iceland can easily include visiting them all! But whether you are picking a one-day snorkel tour or a multi-day diving journey around Iceland - you'll be in for a treat!
Between the tectonic plates
The Silfra fissure in is without a doubt Iceland’s most famous diving site. It also is the only place in the world where you can dive between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Year by year those drift further apart and widen the ravine about 2 centimeters.
Snorkelers and divers praise the amazing underwater visibility in the lava-filtered, crystal clear water in Silfra. Other lava fissures, that offer the clearest water and great visibilities are Bjarnagjá, Davíðsgjá, and Nesgjá.
Diving Hot (S)Pots
Though our cold waters always require a dry suit, there are some dive sites where you can see bubbling hot springs underwater!
Lake Kleifarvatn located on the geothermally active Reykjanes peninsula is supplied by hot water springs, that prevent it from freezing during winter.
The shallow river Litlaá close to the Arctic circle even gets a comfortable 17C warm and mesmerizes snorkelers with its colorful sediments.
For advanced divers, it is possible to visit the underwater white smoker Strýtan that is close to Akureyri and the only hydrothermal chimney in the world possible to dive to. On this demanding dive, you can see impressive stalagmites formed by mineral deposits when hot water releases into the ice-cold ocean.