Þingvellir National Park, located in southern Iceland, is home to the meeting point of two tectonic plates – the Eurasian and the North American. Silfa is a deep fissure formed between these tectonic plates. The water in the Silfra fissure comes from glacial melt, and it’s bluer than blue. Snorkel and dive enthusiasts travel from all over the world to explore these aqua waters.
The water in Iceland’s Silfra fissure maintains a temperature of 35°F (or 2°C) year round. When I told my friends back home of my plan to snorkel in Iceland in winter, they thought I was crazy!
Guillaume and I met our snorkel guides and suited up in a dry suit. Within 15 minutes of doing the march of the penguins toward the water, my toes had gone completely numb and my lips were swollen.
Finally, it was my turn to enter the water. I waddled down the steps and, to my surprise, the water actually felt warm!
Why snorkel the Silfra? The water literally takes your breath away, and I’m not talking about the freezing temperature. Imagine the bluest, clearest water you’ve ever experienced, and you won’t even come close.
After 40 minutes of snorkel time, we emerged. The world outside had received a sprinkling of snow. The color contrast came as a shock, and I preferred my blue underwater oasis. Our snorkel guides offered us hot chocolate and cookies as we peeled off our dry suits and snorkels.
I can’t recommend this tour enough, even in winter! Just do it!
More info at: Dive.is
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