We've been talking a lot about diving in Iceland here in the office. A couple of our divers dived at Silfra this summer as well as having a tour around the island as it's not just the diving that is spectacular there.
The famous dive in Iceland is Silfra where you get to dive or snorkel in crystal clear water in a fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. At points, you can actually touch both at the same time! The water is so clear as it has been filtered through porous lava rock fields over hundreds of years and so it is just as spectacular when viewed from the top as you snorkel. As the dive is at a maximum of 18 meters it means that this can be experienced by all. We are really desperate to get in the water here and there seems like a lot of interest from our divers too.
It's a bit of a toss-up on when to go. Obviously, the water is (slightly) warmer in the summer, but in the winter, you get a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights which is a real draw. The land of fire and ice has loads of other activities to entertain you - steaming geysers, ice caves, glacier tours and whale watching can all be done here.
Reykjavik is the northern most capital city in the world and looks like it is well worth an explore. For such a small city, it is strikingly cosmopolitan and has loads to offer travelers. It has a great selection of places to eat and to head out to at night and a real variety seeing that it really is a town compared to most cities.
Have a look at our Iceland page for some more details or check out the video for a real idea of what it is like to dive between two continents.......
It looks that good that it seems to have even tempted Mark to put his dry suit on!
Reason 1: Convenience
You can sometimes return from a dive holiday feeling whacked! Using day boats each day or getting to shore dive sites can be tiring. Remembering your kit each day - jumping in mini buses and getting heavy gear on and off the boat all take their toll. On a liveaboard you do it once - you have all your kit on board and never the chance of forgetting something for the next dive. You stow your equipment; you know where it is and in the morning after a leisurely breakfast you only have steps to walk to start kitting up. It also helps that the dive boat can travel over night to the intended sites for the day - no getting up at 4am to get to the dive site for 9.....
Reason 2: Variety of Diving
When you have at least a week on a liveaboard you will simply get a wider variety of diving. As you can travel great distances you could be diving wrecks close to shore on one day then as you can up anchor you could wake up the next day on a distant offshore reef.
Reason 3: Value for Money
Surprisingly the cost of a liveaboard can be substantially lower than going to a resort. Everything is usually included on a liveaboard including up to 4 dives a day. Unlimited fills, 3 meals a day with snacks and refreshments make it a really cost effective way of diving. Red Sea liveaboards start from around £750pp including flights and transfers so this makes it a realistic option for most divers.
Reason 4: Get Social
If you are travelling alone, as a couple or small group it is a great way of spending a week with likeminded divers. There is always someone around to share the day’s adventures over a beer at the end of the day. It lets you gain from other divers experiences and the social meal times are always good fun.
Reason 5: Perfect for a large group
If you are part of a large group, dive club or dive center this really is a great option. You can find a boat that you can take as a sole charter gives you lots of flexibility in where you dive and the type of diving you want to do. When you take a boat solely for your group you can have a certain amount of say on where you go. The ports where you sail from and to will usually be fixed but then you can fill in the itinerary with the help of the operator. There are usually some great group booking offers as well with free places and discounts.