By Rachel Brown
Is snorkelling in Iceland on your to do list? It was certainly on mine. Visibility is up to 100 metres which makes it one of the clearest spots in the world to snorkel or dive. No wonder it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The drive out to Thingvellir National Park is around 60kms or just under an hour’s drive from Reykjavik. Take a camera because the scenery is stunning!
You will be provided with suitable dry suits and transport if needed. You will need to wear thermals, including socks underneath the first dry suit. Then you put another dry suit on top plus a mask with your face cut out and place rubber bands around your neck and wrists. I know it sounds extreme but it makes your time in the water pleasurable! The water is 2-4 degrees Celsius all year round.
The Silfra is broken into four parts: the first section you float through is the Big Crack, Silfra’s narrowest section and where the Continental Plates are so close you can almost touch them. That’s a great place to stop and get a photo taken!
The fissure then widens into Silfra Hall. That’s where the colours become amazing and have a beautiful blue tinge. Then it’s a 200 metre swim to Silfra Cathedral which has a depth of about 20 metres. You finish off in the Silfra Lagoon which is crystal clear! Your time in the water is between 30-45 minutes.
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