The wonders of scuba diving at Þingvellir Park

 

The Silfra fissure, located at Þingvellir lake in Iceland, is known as one of the top dive sites in the world, for mainly two reasons:

First, the Silfra fissure is actually a crack between the North American and Eurasian continents, meaning that you dive or snorkel right where the continental plates meet and drift apart about 2cm per year. Secondly… Silfra is the only place where one can dive or snorkel directly in the crack between two continental plates.

Scuba diving enthusiast and adventure seeker Justin Hernandez posted on to Facebook his experience of the marvels of diving between two tectonic plates. “I highly recommend you travelers/backpackers experience this awesomeness during your time in Iceland!”

Justin adds: “The water doesn’t become divable once it’s below 0c because it turns into ice. That dive (the posted video), the water was 2c and I felt fairly comfortable; so comfortable we dove for 56 minutes straight! The company I went through, dive.is, has some high quality scuba equipment. Just make sure to bring some layers for your dry suit to stay warm.”

Check out the video below.

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