Iceland July 2015 | Diving in Silfra

10th Anniversary

Last year for our 10th anniversary Sascha and I travelled to Iceland.  I country that we had always spoken about visiting and Iceland did not disappoint. We took part in so many wonderful things. That they all deserve their own post. There is so much more to the Island that we didn’t have time to explore. We will definitely be going back when Amelia is old enough to appreciate it.  This post in particular is about snorkelling and scuba diving in Silfra.

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Diving in Silfra

Here I am above in my snorkelling outfit. Consisting of a drysuit with thermals and fleece onesie underneath, its safe to say I was very cosy. The water is 2 – 4 degrees year round, and yet my face didn’t get cold. I had a few floatation issues to deal with at the beginning, legs wanting to be up while my body was pushed down. I managed to just stay calm correct my position and in the end I had fun.  If you know me you will know that I have a fear of deep water, so it was a huge relief to be able to do this and enjoy it.  A truly amazing experience.

Þingvellir National Park

Silfra is part of the Þingvellir National park. Basically a crack in the earths crust. A fissure between the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian plate. You in fact swim between two continents. It is the clearest and freshest water you will probably ever experience. The water is so clear you can see 20 metres down to the bottom. Which is very strange, and slightly unnerving. The only wildlife I saw was a lone fish. Which swam away before I could take a picture.  I was very uncertain about taking part in this experience. My husband is a keen scuba diver and the day of the dive was actually his 40th birthday. So how could I refuse. I am so glad that I didn’t.

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Lastly the every happy birthday boy. The photos were all taken between 9 and 10 at night.  Next time I need to get a picture of the midnight sun. That is a sight that has to be on everybody’s bucket list.

 

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