Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Silfra Rift - Diving between two continents, Iceland

Silfra, the fissure between the continents

The Silfra fissure, is known as one of the top dive sites in the world for two main reasons.

First, the Silfra fissure is actually a crack between the North American and Eurasian continents, meaning that you dive or snorkel right where the continental plates meet and drift apart about 2cm per year.

WATCH THIS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF SILFRA RIFT(DIVING BETWEEN 2 CONTENENTS)


Silfra is the only place where one can dive or snorkel directly in the crack between two continental plates.

Secondly, the underwater visibility in the Silfra fissure is over 100 meters, which creates an underwater experience that will rarely, if ever, be surpassed. The reasons for this astounding water clarity are twofold: the water is cold (2°C – 4°C year round ) as it is glacial water from the nearby Langjökull and this water is filtered through porous underground lava for 30-100 years until it reaches the north end of Thingvellir lake, seeping out from underground wells. The Silfra water is as pristine as water can get and you can drink it at anytime during your dive or snorkel.

The Silfra fissure consists of four sections: Silfra Big Crack, Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon.  We plan our dives and snorkel swims so that we are able to see all Silfra sections in every Diving Silfra Day Tour and our Silfra Snorkeling Tour.  We enter the water from a platform with steps leading down.  If you are diving, the maximum depth of the your dive in Silfra will be 18 meters, but the average depth of the dive is between 7 and 12 meters.

WATCH OUR SOME BEAUTIFUL SNAPS AT SILFRA RIFT SEPARATING EUROPE & NORTH AMERICA:


SILFRA RIFT SEPARATING EUROPE & NORTH AMERICA

The underwater visibility in the Silfra fissure is over 100 meters

The Silfra fissure consists of four sections: Silfra Big Crack, Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon.

Silfra fissure is actually a crack between the North American and Eurasian continents


The water is cold (2°C – 4°C year round ) as it is glacial water from the nearby Langjökull

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