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Snorkeling in Iceland in Winter with Dive Silfra


Did you know that snorkeling in Iceland in winter is actually something people do? Itís true. All year round, people come to Silfra Iceland to snorkel and dive into one of the most spectacular underwater realms on the planet. Set between two tectonic plates in a national park, Silfra rift offers an unparalleled experience for the aquatically-inclined visitor. Donít let winter get you down! Though the seasons in Iceland may be extreme, Silfra snorkeling in winter is an activity that will get you outside and into the beauty.

Whether itīs lush and green, or covered in snow, Thingvellir National Park, home to Silfra Fissure, is one of the most beautiful and historically significant places in Iceland. It is the location of the ancient Viking parliament, called the Althing, and it boasts a wealth of geographic and wilderness features such as rivers, mountains, volcanic rocks, and lakes. The distance to Silfra Fissure is only 45 minutes from Icelandís capital city Reykjavik and many people take advantage of the proximity to make a day trip for snorkeling.

The rift is thousands of years old, created by the splitting apart of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. It continues to drift wider each year, by a few centimeters, so the contours of the fissure are always changing. Upon entering the pristine glacial water, which is naturally filtered through layers of lava to arrive at the fissure with near-perfect clarity and visibility, snorkelers and divers enter a universe unto itself. Blue and green algae, black rocks, and sunlight refracted rainbows will dazzle you as you swim between the walls of the continents like a bird soaring through a canyon.

Dive Silfra is dedicated to creating a safe and exciting underwater experience for all snorkelers and divers all year round. During the winter months, snow and ice may be of some concern when entering and exiting the water, but the knowledgeable PADIģ certified professional guides take utmost precautions to ensure guest safety. Tours are given with industry-leading safety standards and equipment and take place all year round, weather-permitting. Dive Silfra maintains an environmental policy that encourages conscientious interaction with the fragile aquatic ecosystem, thereby safeguarding its enjoyment by future snorkelers for years to come!

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