Iceland July 2015 {Diving in Silfra}

Last year for our 10th anniversary Sascha and I travelled to Iceland.  It was somewhere we had always wanted to go and boy was it an amazing place. We took part in so many wonderful things, they all deserve their own entry, yet there is so many more experiences and areas of the Island that we didn’t have time to explore, we will definitely be going back when Amelia is old enough to love it too.

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Here I am in my snorkelling outfit, yes I am wearing a drysuit with complete thermals etc underneath, the water was 2 – 4 degrees you know, and yet my face didn’t get cold. I had a few floatation issues to deal with at the beginning, but I managed to just stay calm and in the end I had fun, after all it was a truly amazing experience.

Silfra is part of the Thingvellir National park, it is basically a crack in the earths crust, a fissure between the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian plate, so you are in fact swimming between two continents, in the clearest and freshest water you will probably ever experience. The water is so clear you can see 20 metres down to the bottom in some cases, which is very strange and in some cases slightly unnerving. There is hardly any wildlife to be seen, but I did catch sight of a lone fish, but that was probably only because I was at the front of the group. I was very uncertain about taking part in this experience but did it as my husband is a keen scuba diver and the day of the dive was actually his 40th birthday so how could I say no, and I am so glad that I didn’t.

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Lastly the every happy birthday boy, it is crazy to think that a lot of these photos were taken between 9 10 pm, but thats summer in Iceland.  Next time I need to get a picture of the midnight sun, that is a site that has to be on everybody’s bucket list.

 

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