Did you know that diving in Iceland is quite an adventure? It is even possible to scuba dive between the continents of Europe and North America? The continents are slowly splitting apart and the crack has filled with water.
I’m talking about the rift valley of Þingvellir National Park and Lake Þingvallavatn. The mid-Atlantic ridge runs right through the valley and on the southern shore of the lake you’ll find Silfra – a narrow cleft that releases meltwater flowing downhill from the beautiful surrounding mountains.
Silfra is also among the world’s top freshwater dives. The water is icy cold and divers wear thick undergarments and waterproof suits. I have read that some divers have reached the depths of 160 feet or more in Silfra’s caverns and labyrinths!
For those perferring another cold place to scuba dive in Iceland, Jökulsarlón glacial lagoon is the place! You will find it in south Iceland at the feet of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.
One of the places for coastal diving is the town of Keflavík The sea has a lush landscape, alive with cold-water critters and other creatures that may encourage further study when you get back home.
Average water temperature is 30°- 36° F depending on site and season.