The 5 day Highlights of Iceland Diving tour lives up to its name. In 5 days we will dive the very best dive sites that Iceland has to offer while experiencing landscapes from another world! We will explore the extreme visibility and extensive lava ravines of the Thingvellir national park in the South, and the towering geothermal chimneys and curious marine life in the northern Fjord of Eyjafjordur. Our days will also be filled with sightseeing, both during our travels and from the stops we make along the way. We have planned in some of the most impressive and otherworldly sites Iceland has to offer. Non-divers are therefore very welcome on this tour.
Accommodation for 4 nights in guesthouses with shared facilities and hotels with private facilities, breakfast (from day 2) and dinners (from day 1), dive guide for 5 days in up to 6 dives in 4 different dive locations, 1 snorkeling, all transportation while on tour (both land and water), sightseeing tours, scuba cylinders and weights.
Lunch on all days, snacks, all beverages, diving equipment (other than scuba cylinders and weights), all other activities and everything not stated in the included part.
Advanced PADI Open Water diver or equivalent (participants must bring their diver certification card). Dry suit experience. A dry suit certification or a minimum of 10 logged dry suit dives within the last year signed by an instructor (participants must bring proof of dry suit experience).
4 to 12
18 (17 if accompanied by parent/guardian)
For this tour to be confirmed, a minimum of 4 passengers has to be met. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund.
We start off by visiting the Thingvellir National Park to dive Davíðsgjá, Silfra’s darker and wilder sibling. This spectacular lava ravine has long been known by the local dive community, but rarely dived by visitors because of its close proximity to the world-renowned Silfra. Davíðsgjá is just off the beaten path, on the edge of the Arctic char’s protected spawning grounds and offers more than 2 kilometers of underwater fissure to explore. After our single extended dive, we will make the scenic journey north, where we will spend the next three days of diving and sightseeing.
On the second day we will make two dives in Eyjafjörður. The first dive will be on Strýtan, a 55m towering hydrothermal chimney that reaches up to 15m below the surface of the fjord. This unique underwater structure pumps out an estimated 100 L of hot fresh water every second and makes for a truly memorable dive. The second dive, Littla Strýtan, is a smaller chimney and home to several large and very curious wolffish making it one of the world’s best places to observe these prehistoric looking creatures in their natural habitat.
We start the day early and explore these two sites from a large rigid hull inflatable boat.
Note: Strýtan has been a protected nature reserve since 2001 and is subject to ongoing research and observation by scientific groups from all over the world, therefore these sites are for experienced divers only and require complete buoyancy control.
Accommodation at a cosy country guesthouse near Akureyri.
On our second day up north, we start with a scenic two hour drive from the guesthouse to the Nesgjá fissure. Similar to Silfra and Davíðsgjá, Nesgjá is the result of tectonic movement and the divergence of the Eurasian and North American continental plates. Nesgjá is shallow but amazingly beautiful, with water clarity comparable only with Silfra. After our dive in Nesgjá we will continue on to Littlaá, a 15°C geothermal river, for a one of a kind snorkelling experience. You will be mesmerized by the dancing volcanic sands and multicoloured sediments leaping from the bottom. Heated water erupting from the riverbed creates beautiful bubbling pools and ripples in the sand while you drift along the surface above. Before we return to Eyjafjörður and Akureyri, we will visit the amazing Lake Mývatn area for some sight-seeing among volcanic craters, pseudo craters and hot spring area with steaming fumaroles, bubbling mud pots and more.
Accommodation at a cosy country guesthouse near Akureyri.
Day 4 takes us back to diving in Eyjafjörður. This time we are doing one dive and aiming for either The French Gardens or The Wall, both of which are incredible geological structures with an abundance of marine life, including red fish, lump suckers, and wolf fish. Both sites are also known for their colourful display of anemones and rocks covered with algae in shades of pink and purple you did not know existed. After the morning boat dive we make the journey back south and return to the Thingvellir National Park, where we will stay the night at a charming country hotel only 15 min drive from one of the best dive sites in Iceland, Silfra.
Accommodation at a charming country hotel near Thingvellir
On the final day of the tour, we head out early from our hotel to dive Iceland’s most famous dive site, Silfra. Silfra is located in Thingvellir National Park, an area of immense interest to geologists and cultural historians alike. The rift valley of Thingvellir was created by the slow separation of the Eurasian and North American continental plates, and it was here that the original settlers of Iceland held their annual legislative assembly. The Silfra fissure is the exact location where the continental plates divide; at one point in the dive, you can touch the walls of each continent. As the water that fills Silfra is glacial water that has been filtered through basalt lava rock for a distance of 50 km, Silfra’s underwater visibility is unparalleled by any other dive site on the planet.
After the dive, we will head to the spouting hot spring area known as Geysir. Located in Haukadalur valley, it is the largest and most active such area in Europe and truly impressive. Our next stop is the most photographed waterfall in all of Iceland, Gullfoss. This magnificent natural monument should not be missed by any visitor to Iceland. Tumbling down a deep gorge, it has a number of great places to take pictures and enjoy the view.