Snorkel in the Silfra Gorge in Thingvellir National Park in Iceland. You may not expect it, but you can. So this is a unique place on earth. And Icelanders love extreme excursions, so they came up with this. Although the water is very cold, you will naturally get warm inside.

This is where the tectonic plates of Europe and North America meet. Well not really, as they drift apart due to the movement of the earth. The result is actually that the gap is widening.

Snorkeling in the Silfra gorge is this beautiful.
Snorkeling in the Silfra gorge is this beautiful.

The shifting of the earth plates has created the bizarre Silfra Gorge. A gap that continues to widen. Which will one day break Iceland into two parts, scientists say. Although this will take millions of years. But you can get into the water here. In fact, extremely clear water.

What does an excursion look like?

Do note, the water is incredibly cold, about five degrees Celsius. It might even be four degrees… That’s why you will wear a dry-suit that will give you extra protection from the cold. And then you can enter the glacier water. All this happens under the supervision of a guide. He goes ahead and keeps an eye on you continuously. Your lips will bruise quickly (and become quite big) but you’ll be comfortable otherwise.

You see something unique through your snorkel mask. Extremely clear water, the visibility is more than a hundred meters … Algae and other strange aquatic plants can actually survive here. A bizarre underwater world. An excursion that you will not soon forget.

A diver's view.
A diver’s view.

Diving in the Silfra Gorge

You can also dive here, which will obviously take you deeper into the rift than snorkeling. But you won’t see much more because here you won’t find any fish or other animals. You can look up from below and see the silhouettes of snorkelers.

This video shows the beauty of Silfra Gorge:

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