When I told Jeb I wanted to go snorkeling in Iceland on our December honeymoon I think he thought I was completely crazy! But it turns out that you can wear dry suits and actually go snorkeling in glacier water.
It was really pretty in the area of where we would be going snorkeling.
Also since it is glacier water, it isn’t really any warmer to go snorkeling here in the summer, you still have to wear dry suits.
It is seriously quite a process putting these things on. It took over an hour to get us completely outfitted and ready to go.
They have to make sure there are no spots where water can leak in or you wouldn’t stay dry and warm. So everything is really tight!
We finally had all of our gear on and were ready to walk over to where we would get in. Despite all of that clothing both of us were nervous about being cold. It seems like there is no possible way you can stay warm when it is so cold outside even when you’re dry.
Despite the fact that they call them dry suits you really aren’t completely dry. Your face has direct contact with the water, and your hands end up wet too. You have gloves on so that helps but they still get wet. They tell you to keep your hands still because what happens is the cold water gets into your gloves but eventually warms up from your hands. If you move your hands too much you are letting out this warmer water and constantly are letting in new cold water.
Doesn’t this look like water you want to swim in? lol.
About to get into the 35 degree water!
The silfra fissure is so cool because it is a rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
The dry suits make you float, it is almost difficult to get down into the water and look around because you just sort of float on top.
The water was so clear and blue looking.
We bought a waterproof, underwater camera just for this activity right here. We have ended up using it for a ton of other things so it was definitely worth it. But we knew we had to have it for this snorkeling experience.
The water was over 200 feet deep in some of the spots but the visibility was so clear that you could see really far and so it was deceptive, because it didn’t really look like it was that deep.
I was glad we were in the water for less than an hour, because after a while it was definitely still cold. My face hurt pretty badly and I was ready to get out!
This is supposed to be one of the top destinations in the world for scuba diving. Although I was content with just snorkeling, I’ll bet it would be pretty neat to dive here.
Headed over to the platform to get out of the water.
Jeb and I after our snorkeling time. Are faces were so red and cold! Couldn’t wait to put regular clothes back on and warm up.
Snorkeling in the Silfra Fissure was really awesome, and a must for a trip to Iceland!