Silfra is the only place in the world that enables divers to dive between two tectonic continental plates and even touch them at the same time in some places.
It’s here where you can observe geological evidence of the continental divide between the North American and Euroasian tectonic plates, especially impressive in Almannagja Gorge, a giant canyon where you can literally walk the rift between continents.
The Silfra fissure is one of Iceland’s most desirable snorkeling spots. Located in the heart of Thingvellir national park, this narrow channel of blue water meandering through a giant lava field does not look like much on the surface. But below, supernatural shades of blue, perfect visibility and incredible rock formations make up a magical sub-aquatic paradise.
The water in Silfra Fissure is the clearest natural water on earth. It is glacial water that is filtered through layers upon layers of volcanic rock on the 50-70 year long journey from the glacier Langjökull to the north end of Thingvellir lake, seeping out from underground wells. It is truly an unforgettable experience.
Local operators offer excursions to the Sifra ravine, where you can swim between two of the biggest continental plates on the planet. The clear visibility, combined with dazzling underwater geology makes this a brag-worthy Iceland experience. After all, how many people can say they’ve gone diving under two continents at one time?
Scuba Diving between tectonic plates in the Silfra Fissure in Iceland – 21-08-2016 from Christoph Fischer on Vimeo.