Silfra crack Iceland juli 2007 Diving Between Two Continents at Þingvellir's Silfra Rift in Iceland
Silfra crack, Thingvellir Lake, National Park Thingvellir, Iceland
The dive between the continents!
The reasons for this clarity are twofold: the water is cold ( 2°C - 4°C all year )
katiehammel Diving Between Two Continents at Þingvellir's Silfra Rift in Iceland.
You won’t actually reach the center of the earth diving at Silfra, but the water is so clear you may almost think you can see it beneath you. Iceland straddles the rift between the Eurasian and North American continental plates, whose outward movement means that Iceland is slowly, by the smallest margins, growing each year. See the rift for yourself at Þingvellir National Park. Book a dive with Dive Iceland and you'll descend into the crack between the plates, pushed slowly through by the current as if through a tunnel. Try snorkeling instead, and you'll pull on a dry suit to protect against the frigid temperatures, and then float on the lake's surface, peering into the depths through pristine water that takes twenty years to filter down from a glacier through volcanic ash. By the time it reaches Silfra, the water is so transparent that people have been known to get vertigo as they hover on the surface, floating as if on air over the fissure below.
Photo: David O. Ohre