A Guide to Going Scuba Diving in Iceland

Curious about scuba diving opportunities in Iceland? Our guide should help you. There is amazing water visibility, great photography opportunities and bizarre creatures to be seen when diving in Iceland. Most dive instructor are also from Iceland and so you will also get to learn more about the country, culture and dive sites. This country is also very popular with people seeking to go fresh water diving.


Best Places to Go Diving in Iceland

Iceland has a range of unique dive sites which are among some of the best in the world. The most popular dive site in Iceland is probably Silfra, a glacial-water-filled ravine that is located between the tectonic plates of Europe and North America. This is a world famous dive site which is unique, not many places in the world can you go diving in-between two tectonic-plates, you will be surprised just how clear the water is.

This is one of the best cold water dive locations on the planet and somewhere you might want to visit if you are a total beginner or advanced level. You will get full preparation and a dry suit which will be needed due to the temperature of the water. Silfra really is one of the most amazing places to go diving on the planet, not many experiences compare to getting between the small crack in-between the American and the European continental shelves. Also on the journey to Silfra, you will get to visit the spectacular Thingvellir National Park, this country really is one of the most scenic places to go scuba diving in Europe. 

Other recommended places include:

  • Flosagja and Haagja, Thingvellir
  • Strytan
  • SS El Grillo



Can Anyone Scuba Dive Between the Tectonic Plates of Silfra?

Silfra can be a challenging dive site even if you have previous experience of diving, this is due to the extremely cold waters which most divers are not used to. It can take some time and adjustment to get used to wearing a dry suit which might surprise you how heavy they are especially when the other equipment is added.


Best Time to Go Scuba Diving in Iceland

Iceland has very unpredictable weather and we recommend going diving during summer when the weather and climate is warmer. Another great time to dive is from September to April when you will get to combine diving with seeing the Northern Lights.


How to Book a Course

You can book dive courses in advance online or once in Iceland in places like Reykjavik. Iceland really is one of the most up and coming scuba diving destinations abroad for people seeking an authentic experience away from the hustle and bustle of places like Thailand. We recommend getting here before the crowds arrive.


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