The 2-day winter dive expedition gives divers the opportunity to dive two spectacular freshwater fissures during the Icelandic winter. We will dive the world famous Silfra fissure as well as Davíðsgjá, its deeper and darker sibling. These two sites are uniquely Icelandic and offer extreme visibility and unparalleled underwater landscapes.
Date of last update:Nov 21, 2023
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DAY 1 - Diving in Davíðsgjá & Northern Lights
On the first day we will begin by exploring Davíðsgjá, an expansive lava ravine in Þingvellir national park. Davíðsgjá offers the same extraordinary visibility and rare underwater landscape as Silfra, while being deeper and more extended. If conditions allow, we will do two dives at this location and explore two sections of the fissure that offer distinct landscapes. After our dives we will drive you back to your hotel in Reykjavik. Once the fleeting winter sun has set completely, we will regroup and head into the Icelandic wilderness for a visit to the newly built Northern Lights Observatory at Aurora Basecamp. Here you will learn everything there is to know about the lights, including how to photograph them. You will then be ready to go on your very own Northern Lights hunt!
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DAY 1 - Diving in Silfra and Golden Circle tour
On our second day, we travel to the most popular dive site in Iceland, Silfra. Once we are geared up we will take a few steps down a purpose-built ladder and make contact with the world’s clearest water. It is so pure, we suggest taking a sip. Ranked as one of the greatest cold water dive sites of the world, diving in this glacial melt water filled tectonic lava fissure is truly an unforgettable experience not to be missed by any diving enthusiast. After warming up with some hot chocolate we will do the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland, the Golden Circle!
Our first stop will be at the Geysir geothermal area that contains two active geysers and many boiling hot pots. Geysir means geyser in Icelandic and Geysir is also the name of the oldest geyser, which at the moment erupts rarely. The most active geyser is called Strokkur and it's the country’s most famous hot spring. Strokkur shoots massive jets of boiling water that range from 20 to 40 meters (65 to 130 feet) high, every 5-10 minutes. The sulfurous water paints and sculpts the land in marvelous ways. The Geysir area has long been a popular and impressive site to visit both for Icelanders and foreigners.
Our next stop is only a 5-minute drive away where we take a good look at Gullfoss , the most iconic and most photographed waterfall in Iceland. Gullfoss means Golden Waterfall in Icelandic, and if you get to visit Gullfoss on a sunny day you will see that it is aptly named. The powerful falls create a mist that, when caught by the sunlight, covers the whole area in a shimmering golden veil. The canyon walls on both sides of the waterfall reach heights of up to 70 metres (230 feet), descending into the great Gullfossgjúfur canyon. And that's not all that is impressive about Gullfoss. You can't visit the site without reading the fascinating story of Sigríður Tómasdóttir, the Icelandic heroine that spent her life fighting for Gullfoss and defending it from industrialization.
We will end our two day winter adventure with a unique experience where we get to know the healing powers of the geothermal springs. Soak in a natural pool, listen to the bubbling hot spring in the steam rooms, or for the most adventurous, take a dip in the refreshing lake at the Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal baths.
Pick up is provided at the following locations:
Due to city council regulations, we are only allowed to pick up our customers from selected bus stops around the central Reykjavik area. To find your pick up location, please visit https://busstop.is/ and type your accommodation address in the top search bar. Alternatively, you can come to our dive center and leave with your guide from here. If you choose this option, the meeting time will be 15 minutes before the time stated on your booking ticket. If you have troubles figuring out your bus stop, please let us know so that we can help you out.
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The dive center will reconfirm your pick up time and location at the latest one day in advance