If you’re looking for another reason to visit the world’s most breathtaking country, here it is! Iceland is the land of fire and ice and home to some of the most geologically diverse sites on the planet. Did you know there’s a split between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates 45 minutes from Reykjavik? Well, not only is there a split but Silfra Fissure is home to the world’s most clear water. That’s right! You can snorkel and dive between two tectonic plates in Iceland.
Silfra Fissure is located in Thingvellir National Park and is the only place in the world where you can dive between two continents. The plates have been diverging, on average, about 2cm per year. There’s plenty of marine algae to look at while making your way through the dive or snorkeling adventure. The water typically sits between 2-4 degrees Celsius but your wet/dry suit will keep you warm, don’t worry.
I snorkeled in Silfra back in 2018 and it was such a surreal experience! You look down and can see for what feels like a hundred metres. It’s a very calming experience and something I would absolutely recommend on your Icelandic adventure.
If you’re hoping to experience Silfra for yourself, booking a tour is the place to start. Iceland knows their tourism crowd and has some of the best adventure tour companies around! A tour to Silfra can either be paired with a pickup from Reykjavik or can start at the park. I would recommend renting a car and travelling through Iceland and making this a pit stop but if you have limited time, a day trip to Silfra from the capital is a good idea too. Here are a few companies that offer tours of Silfra Fissure: