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Challenging Iceland diving tours

Iceland is one of the most attractive places for extreme divers. The warm Gulf Stream does not allow to freeze the waters around the Icelandic coast. The best time for extreme diving is from May to September.

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Divers particularly interested in Silfra fissure, which is located between two huge continental plates (in the Þingvallavatn Lake). Underwater visibility is over 100 meters, so brave explorers can observe unique underwater world without interference.

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There are some variants of Iceland diving tours. Firstly, you can take part in one day diving and snorkeling tours. Secondly, you have a chance to make multiple day diving trip. And thirdly, there is a great opportunity to become a member of incredible diving expedition over Iceland (from 4 to 9 days).

Now let me tell you about these extreme diving tours in detail. If one day diving or snorkeling tour is your theme, you can combine diving with sightseeing. For example, there are tours offering to visit the Golden Circle with necessary stops on the route in the Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall, and the geothermal valley Haukadalur. Another kinds of diving or snorkeling trips include such forms of active rest as whale safari or horse riding.

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Let’s turn to multiple day diving tours. Taking part in one of them, extreme divers have a lot of underwater and above-water sightseeing possibilities. For instance, the schedule of your tour can be like that.

  • Day 1: the trip to the north of Iceland to the beautiful Eyjafjörður and two dives into its waters in order to enjoy the large (55-meter) and small (10 meters) geothermal underwater chimneys. Colorful scorpionfish, nudibranchs, crustaceans and other beauties are always ready to keep you company!
  • Day 2:  diving in lava fissure Nesgjá + a visit to the enchanting Goðafoss waterfall and the town of Húsavík.
  • Day 3: diving in Silfra fissure.

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Finally, a few words about long diving expeditions. Some of them are intended for real explorers, for example, a study of a remote and virtually unexplored by divers part of Iceland – the waters of the Westfjords. Also, if you prefer to watch interesting moments of fish life, cod spawning expedition is really yours.

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P.S. To my mind, the most challenging Iceland diving tours are as follows:

  • Diving to underwater hot spring with the temperature +79ºС! Some divers even take up a little of this water and then prepare hot chocolate.
  • Greenland & Iceland tour – you dive in the surroundings of huge majestic icebergs! That’s the real extreme!!!

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  1. Whoa! Breathtaking views. And because we’re from a mountainous area, it’s my wish to go to some places like those in the pictures. Actually, I only visit one of the beaches here in our country once in a year.

  2. My boss is from there. They moved here 5 yrs ago. Since I have started working for her a few weeks ago, i have been researching Iceland. Boy, it is a fantastic Island for sure. I would love to see it. Great post here, just makes me want to visit more.

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