Diving and snorkeling are probably not some of the first things that one would consider as leisure activities in Iceland. In fact, many people who visit Iceland are surprised to learn that both diving and snorkeling are some of the most popular activities that people can do in the country. While Iceland isn't exactly well known for its tropical waters and warm weather, there is one particular feature of the island that in fact makes it perfect if not almost unique to dive here in Iceland.
Known as Silfra, Iceland sits directly on top of a fissure between the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia that opens up in Þingvellir national park. The result of this is a massive rift that is filled with water that is so clear it offers visibility of around 70-80 meters. This alone would be a great reason to delve into these waters but perhaps, more importantly, is the fact that there are only very few places where one can dive between tectonic plates and of those locations only a slim number are easy to access.
This means that diving and snorkeling in Iceland is truly a unique experience and one not to be missed by lovers of the water!
We are forgetting one detail though, the water may be clear but it will also still be freezing cold... Well while Icelanders do often enjoy sea swimming in the freezing coastal waters this isn't for everyone but luckily where there is a will there is a way. Many diving and snorkeling tours will take place with the assistance of a dry suit which a trained guide will assist you with getting into. The drysuit is thermally insulated and does not allow the water to come into contact with your skin meaning you can enjoy the water without having to worry about the cold.