Iceland has a rich cultural and historical heritage, with Viking settlements dating back to the 9th century. Today, the country is renowned for its literature, music and art scene, as well as its forward-thinking attitude towards environmental sustainability and human rights. Iceland is also a popular destination for tourists, who come to experience its natural beauty, soak in geothermal hot springs and go on adventures such as whale watching, glacier hiking and Northern Lights hunting.
Overall, Iceland is a fascinating country with a unique blend of natural wonders, cultural heritage and modern innovation, making it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in exploring the world’s most captivating destinations.
What To Expect
Scuba diving in Iceland offers a unique experience as the country boasts some of the world’s clearest water and stunning underwater scenery. One of the most popular dive sites is the Silfra fissure, a freshwater spring located in Thingvellir National Park. The fissure is between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dive between two continents. The visibility can reach up to 100 meters, making it an unforgettable experience for any diver.
It’s important to note that diving in Iceland can be challenging due to the cold water temperatures, and divers should have experience with dry suits and cold-water diving. However, with the right training and equipment, scuba diving in Iceland is an incredible opportunity to witness some of the world’s most unique underwater landscapes.
Keep your eye out for:
- Over 300 species of fish
Recommended Specialty Courses
- Dry suit diving
- Marine mammal ecology
Experience Iceland in a truly unique way- on horseback! Iceland is home to the Icelandic horse. These horses are small and sturdy, and are popular for horseback riding because of their gentle, friendly nature. Icelanders take pride in their horses and the country prohibits foreign horses from entering the country, keeping the Icelandic horses in their purest form.
Black Sand Beach
For those wanting to spend time at the beach, make sure to visit one of the black sand beaches in Iceland. Reynisfjara Beach is the most popular, with massive basalt columns, crashing waves and a stunning landscape. The sand gets its color from lava that has erupted, cooled and met the Atlantic Ocean. Be sure to stay away from the water, as the ocean currents here are strong and unpredictable.
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
Visit the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa for the ultimate day of relaxation. The lagoon is filled with mineral-rich water that is heated by the earth’s natural geothermal activity. At the lagoon, milky-blue water and wisps of steam create an enchanting environment. The water gets its color from the silica, algae and other rejuvenating minerals found in it.
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommen purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
If you’re visiting from the United States, you’ll need a power plug adapter and a voltage converter.
The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Króna (ISK). However, most places accept the United States dollar (USD) and credit cards.
Air temperature varies between 50º – 55ºF in the summer and 33º – 35ºF in the winter. Average water temperature is around 43ºF.
Passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.
The official language of Iceland is Icelandic but English is taught as a second language and almost everyone can speak it fluently.
Dressing casual in Iceland is accepted. Make sure to dress warm.
The water is perfectly safe to drink in Iceland.
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