Iceland - an island which was born out the elements of fire and ice an discovered by on which was discovered and colonized by the Vikings in the middle of the North Atlantic. Here there are natural experiences in a class close to each other. Various dive sites in the sea and also in freshwater are just fantastic, as well as waterfalls, lava deserts, sulfur fields, the geyser, glaciers and lakes with glacial ice, craggy cliffs, black lava beaches. bizarre basalt formations and scenic fjords.
We offer discovery tours for divers who want to experience much above and under water. We will show you the barren beauty of this island, but also its people, to discover culture and traditional Icelandic cuisine is a part these tours.
With our Icelandic partners, we offer tours and all year round, as well as customized diving and adventure tours in Iceland.
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Depending on which tour is booked!
- The intercontinental fissure, Silfra (Thingvellir)
- The geothermal chimneys, Strytan
- Snorkeling in a warm river near the Arctic Circle
- Barren wild scenery and sulphur fields
- The Icelandic capital of Reykjavik
- Waterfalls and the "Geysir"
- Kelp forests, coral, sea fishes and astonishing macro life
- Humpback whales, fin whales (finbacks), and minke whales – possibly also orca whales and other species
- Northern lights (aurora borealis), between September and April
- Sea birds and seals
Prices on request
Tour price INCLUDES the following services:
- All hotel/apartment accommodation in twin rooms, incl. breakfast
- All transportation in Iceland
- All boat and land excursions and activities according to tour plan
- All dives and snorkel dives (subject to weather conditions and compatibility with other activities!)
- Tanks and lead weights
- English-speaking support
- All local baggage/equipment transfers
- Travel planning assistance
Tour price EXCLUDES the following services:
- Getting here / flights (incl. possible overnight stopovers)
- Single room (available at additional cost!)
- Oversize / extra baggage
- Rental gear (dive gear)
- Any additional activities
- Alcoholic beverages
Expedition members usually arrive by plane at Keflavik airport in West Iceland where they transfer by bus or taxi to the national capital of Reykjavik. Overnight stay at a hotel. The tour will start the following day and you will get picked up at your accommodation.
After the tour is finished, you will return to Reykjavik stay here for another night before leaving Iceland. Also you can extend your stay and rent a car to explore other areas, for example the amazing south coast with its black lava sand beaches.
We will gladly provide you with additional information to current flight schedules and fares.
Different tours and custom-made arrangements for small groups are available. The schedule will depend on the respective tour. This is an example of a five-day round trip:
Day 1: Arrival in Keflavik. Transfer to Reykjavik and overnight stay at the hotel. Depending on arrival time, a city tour or a visit of the thermal bath "Blue Lagoon" is possible.
Day 2: We will visit the most popular dive site in Iceland: Silfra. The dive site is located in the Þingvellir National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, about a 45 minute drive from Reykjavík. On our way the guide will point out interesting facts about the history and geology of the park.
At Þingvallavatn we will take one dive through Silfra. It is your first chance to experience the fantastic visibility in Silfra as well as the feeling of being in a crack separating the North American and Eurasian continental plates. When we arrive at the dive site you will receive a detailed briefing about Silfra, the plan and procedure before gearing up and walking to the fissure. We’ll take a few steps down the ladder and make contact with the world's clearest water. It‘s so pure you can even drink it! The slight current formed by the underground wells will make our dive in the crack an easy one.
After this amazing dive we will drive up North (about 380km) towards the second largest town of Iceland, Akureyri, where we will spend the night at the very cosy Skjaldarvík Guesthouse.
Day 3: In the North of Iceland, not far from the country´s second largest town, Akureyri, in the middle of the Eyjafjördur fjord are a couple of very special dive sites. At a depth of about 70m a hot spring has been releasing hot mineral-rich water into the ocean. As soon as the dissolved minerals in the hot fresh water come in contact with the cold ocean water, they react and solidify.
Throughout the last 10.000 years or so this process has created a 55m tall chimney that reaches up to 15m below the surface. Strýtan has been a protected nature reserve since 2001 and is subject to extensive research and observation. Apart from huge quantities of mineral rich hot water, visible as an amalgam of haloclines and thermoclines, divers may see large schools of pollock swimming up and down the chimney.
On the opposite side of the fjord lies another, yet smaller, geothermal chimney, aptly referred to as ´Little Chimney´. While much smaller than its counterpart across the bay, ´Little Chimney´ is many divers´ favourite ocean site in Iceland. The reasons are many, among which is the fact that this is probably one of the world´s best places to observe wolf fish in their natural habitat. As many as 15 specimens have been spotted on a single dive! Other highlights include a plethora of invertebrates, from giant sea cucumbers and anemonies to nudibranchs and the tiny, yet funny looking, skeleton shrimp. On both of those sites divers can explore the thermophilic flora and fauna that have developed and settled around the geothermal chimneys and feel the hot water that wells out of them. We will complete two dives on these stunning underwater phenomena by RIB, weather permitting, which is almost always the case.
After diving we will have time to relax in the nice accommodation Skjaldarvík with hot-tub and bar.
Day 4: On this day we will visit the ‘Silfra of the North’: Nesgjá. This is a continuation of the same continental fissure that includes Silfra and is another exciting freshwater fissure with crystal clear water. We will make our way through Húsavík, reported as being Europe´s whale watching capital.
A scenic two hours from your guesthouse, Nesgjá is a result of tectonic movement and the divergence of the Eurasian and North American continental plates. Similar to Silfra but different in many ways, Nesgjá is quite shallow but amazingly beautiful. The adjacent lagoon is huge and you can see much farther than 100m. Sometimes we spot arctic char, a type of salmon, in the fissure. We will also visit Litla á, the 17°C geothermal river, for a snorkelling expedition, where you will be mesmerized by the dancing volcanic sands and multi-coloured sediments leaping from the bottom. Heated water erupts from below the bottom causing beautiful designs and ripples in the riverbed while you drift along the surface above. It will make even the most experienced divers wonder if it is indeed possible to have nitrogen narcosis while snorkeling!
After the dive and snorkel we will make our way to Goðafoss, known as the Waterfall of the Gods, and visit the amazing Mývatn area for some sightseeing of craters and pseudo craters, a hot spring area with steaming fumaroles and bubbling mud pots, referred to as the “devils kitchen”… and more.
After this long but thrilling day we will retire to our guesthouse in Skjaldarvík where you can enjoy a delicious Icelandic meal and relax in preparation for the next day‘s diving.
Day 5: We´re back in Eyjafjordur fjord where we dived the chimneys on day 2. This time we´re aiming for either the “French gardens” or the “Wall”, both of which are amazing geological structures with an abundance of marine life, including red fish, lump suckers, wolf fish. Also they are known for their colourful display of anemonies and rocks covered with algae in shades of pink and purple you didn´t even know existed.
A third option would be to revisit one of the chimneys from day 2. This depends on the weather conditions and the gusto of the group. Again we will be diving of a RIB boat a short boat ride of the small fishing town Hjalteyri with its interesting history from Iceland´s herring fishing era.
After the dive we have lunch in Akureyri as we de-gas for a couple of hours before the scenic drive back to Reykjavik where we will spend the night.
Day 6: On our last day in Iceland we will pick you up from your hotel in Reykjavík and drive (if weather permits) the ´scenic route´ to Þingvellir National Park, which takes us by the geothermal powerplant Nesjavellir, which supplies Reykajvík with a large part of its hot water.
After the dive we will have a steaming cup of hot chocolate and then head to the spouting hot spring area known as Geysir. Located in Haukadalur, it is the biggest geyser in Europe and truly impressive.
Your guide will show you around and tell you some interesting facts and stories about the spouting geysers ‚Strokkur‘ and ‚Geysir‘ as well as the area. Strokkur is a very reliable erupting about once every 8 minutes.
You will have time to grab a sandwich at the snack shop of the Geysir Centre and visit the multimedia show and souvenir shop. Our next stop is the most photographed waterfall in Iceland: Gullfoss!
It is a magnificent natural heritage site and shouldn‘t be missed by any visitor to Iceland. Tumbling down a deep gorge, it has a number of great places to take pictures and enjoy the beauty of natural Iceland. Even in the winter it is so powerful that it flows although it also freezes in parts. You will learn about the history behind this waterfall and the geological features that created the canyon.
After a day full of impressive experiences and views we will drive you back to Reykjavík and you will surely have no problem falling asleep.
Day 7: Departure. From Reykjavik by bus or taxi to the International Airport in Keflavik and from here to home airport.
On this tour we will visit various dive sites. Some of the dives will proceed from the shore. It can be demanding to get in and out of the water. Stones can be slippery. Divers who suffer from knee problem or whose physical fitness is limited might not be able to join some of these dives.
A dry suit and a regulator for cold-water use are required for this tour. Divers can bring their own equipment (except tanks/cylinders and weights), or contact us in advance for renting it.
The water temperature is generally around 6 to 10°C (43 to 50°F) in the sea and 4 to 5°C (39 to 41°F) at Silfra and up to 18°C (65°F) at Litla. Visibility varies from about 5 to 30 m (15 to 60 ft) in the sea water and up to 100 m (300 ft) and more at Silfra!
Weather forecasts are generally difficult to make for our tours because we often stay in polar areas where the weather can be less continual than in other places.
Nevertheless, in summer there is a good chance of experiencing sunshine and calm weather in Iceland and Greenland. In the middle of the summer it is not getting dark, and in spring and late summer / fall we have observed incredibly intensive northern lights (as early as late August/early September). Rain and fog are, however, also possible.
The air temperature in average varies between +5°C to +15°C (41 – 59°F) from may to September.
All participants must bring their own warm and weather-resistant clothing and shoes. Please transport all sensitive equipment such as cameras in water-resistant and shock-resistant bags or cases. All participants are responsible for their equipment for the entire duration of their journey!
- The national language is Icelandic. Most people understand and speak English.
- The currency is the Icelandic Krone (ISK). Prices are high. Credit cards are generally accepted. Customers are very often asked for a PIN. Currency conversion rates vary on a daily basis. Roughly, 1 € = 150 ISK, 1 £ = 200 ISK and 1 US$ = 130 ISK.
- The time zone is GMT -1 (CET -2).
- Vaccinations are not required.
- Visa requirements vary by nationality. No visa is required for visitors from the EU and the US.
- Electric appliances use standard European voltage (230 V) and plugs (types C and F)
- We strongly recommend complete insurance coverage (travel cancellation insurance, diving accident insurance, international health insurance, possibly also baggage insurance and camera equipment insurance).