12-Day Diving Tour around Iceland
Circle Iceland on the Ring Road, stopping at the country’s best dive sites along the way. Dive between continents on the Golden Circle and at Lake Mývatn, explore a sunken ship and visit a hidden crater lake in the Highlands. Experienced divers looking to see the country, learn about the culture, and dive in otherworldly locations should book this tour now.
On this tour, you’ll do twelve dives in eight different locations. You’ll also get to sightsee at some of Iceland’s most beautiful sites, including the Golden Circle, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and Dettifoss Waterfall.
Included are accommodation with private facilities and breakfast, airport transfers as well as transportation around the country, and an expert guide for your time on the Ring Road. Also included is scuba cylinders and weights, and a relaxing trip to the Mývatn Nature Baths.
You can bring your own diving equipment or rent it during the booking process. While doing so, you can also add a trip to the Blue Lagoon and a non-diving guest who will get to sightsee during the tour and snorkel in Silfra.
Dive around Iceland with this fantastic 12-day tour. Explore the stunning scenery of Iceland, both above and underwater. Book now to reserve your spot on this adventure.
Welcome to Iceland!
You’ll arrive at Keflavík International Airport, located in the middle of a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula. After you’ve collected your bags, find your bus which will take you to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík.
If you wish to jump into the deep end and begin your Iceland adventure right away, you visit the famous Blue Lagoon spa. Just make sure to reserve a time slot during the booking process. You’ll then be dropped off at the lagoon on your way to the city, and picked up once you are feeling refreshed and replenished. Note that the Blue Lagoon can also be visited on another day.
Once in Reykjavík, you are free to explore the city. Your accommodation is centrally located, meaning you’ll be in the walking distance of some of the country’s finest restaurants as well as the city’s famous nightlife.
Today your diving adventure around Iceland begins.
You will be picked up in the morning by your friendly guide, and whisked away towards Þingvellir National Park. It is here where Viking settlers would gather to lay the laws of this land over a thousand years ago.
The park has a rich history, but it is also geographically interesting. Þingvellir is located on the boundary of two tectonic plates which are constantly moving apart, creating cracks and fissures around the area.
Two of these fissures, Silfra and Davíðsgjá (David’s Crack), are located in Lake Þingvallavatn, making them the perfect spots for diving. Silfra is more popular with foreign visitors, offering both diving and snorkelling tours, while Davíðsgjá is a favourite among local divers.
The underwater topography at Davíðsgjá is composed of massive, round boulders and square plates that lie stacked up on top of each other. Although Davíðgjá is darker than its sibling, Silfra, the visibility is usually around 100 metres each day. Keep an eye out for a dwarf char hiding in the lava or even a giant trout on an exploration trip from the deeper parts of the lake.
After your dive, you’ll head north to the town of Akureyri where you will spend the next two nights.
After breakfast, you’ll head further north where you’ll find today’s dive site. On the seafloor of Eyjafjörður fjord lies a hydrothermal vent, a sort of underwater geyser, known as Strýtan. Today, you’ll explore both this 55-metre hydrothermal chimney as well as a smaller one called Arnarnesstrýtur.
Strýtan and Arnarnesstrýtur are the shallowest known vents in the world, making them the only hydrothermal chimneys scuba divers can visit.
When the hot water from the vents mixes with cold seawater, it creates a nice warm temperature which attracts a myriad of and diverse wildlife. The area is probably the best place in Iceland, if not the world, to observe wolffish.
After a long and fun dive, you’ll return to your accommodation in Akureyri.
Today, you’ll get to dive and snorkel in waters found on the Diamond Circle, a route between some of North Iceland’s most stunning attractions. You’ll also get to visit these beautiful places starting with the arch-shaped waterfall, Goðafoss.
Before visiting your first dive site, you’ll stop at Tjörnes Peninsula to enjoy the views found there. Keep an eye out for Rock Ptarmigans or, if you are visiting in the summer, Atlantic Puffins.
Similar to Davíðsgjá and Silfra in the south, Nesgjá is the result of tectonic movement. This underwater fissure is relatively shallow but boasts of impressive visibility. The walls of the Nesgjá are angular and uniformed, appearing as if they were carved by hand and not nature.
You’ll then head to a river, Litlaá, where you’ll snorkel in geothermal waters. Here, you can drift with the current, admiring the multi-coloured sediments and volcanic sands found on the bottom of the river.
The next sightseeing stop on the Diamond Circle is Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Sci-fi fans might recognise this impressive feature from the opening scene of Ridley Scott’s 2012 film Prometheus.
You’ll then explore the geothermal area of Námafjall. Here, you’ll find a Mars-like landscape filled with steaming fumaroles and bubbling mud pools.
Before reaching your accommodation in the Mývatn area, you’ll stop at Mývatn Nature Baths to unwind after a busy day.
Now it’s time to make your way to the small village of Seyðisfjörður in the East Fjords of Iceland. Tomorrow, you’ll dive to the shipwreck of El Grillo, a British oil tanker which sank after a German air attack in 1944.
Before you leave, you can choose to visit Strýtan again and dive in the warm waters of this hydrothermal chimney. Alternatively, you can go straight East and, if you arrive early enough, explore El Grillo for a little bit.
At the end of the day, you’ll arrive in Seyðisfjörður where you’ll spend the next two nights. This small, picturesque fishing village is surrounded by majestic mountains, keeping it somewhat isolated from the rest of “civilization”.
Today, you’ll dive in the ocean just outside of Seyðisfjörður town and explore a WW2 shipwreck.
El Grillo (Spanish for ‘The Cricket’) was a British oil tanker anchored at Seyðisfjörður during World War Two. On the 10th of February 1944, three German bombers attacked the ship, damaging the stern.
Thankfully, all 48 crewmen survived, and the captain decided to sink the ship entirely to reduce the threat of another attack by the Germans on nearby ships or the town of Seyðisfjörður.
The wreck lies at a depth of about 45 metres with the most shallow point at around 25 metres. This dive is thus quite deep, only available to those who are a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Divers or have a compatible certification.
The ship’s superstructure is relatively intact after over 70 years in the water, with many artefacts and lots of life, such as sponges, crabs, and wolffish.
After the dive, you are free to explore Seyðisfjörður or head to a nearby bird sanctuary.
There will be no diving today. But don’t worry, the day is packed with some of Iceland’s most beautiful sights.
You’ll start the day by driving the winding road that leads from East Iceland and into Vatnajökull National Park. Here, you’ll find the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where enormous icebergs float on aquamarine water.
A short walk away is the Diamond Beach where ice chunks from the lagoon wash up on a stretch of black sand beach where they glisten in the sunlight like diamonds.
You’ll then continue to another black sand beach, this one found on Iceland’s South Coast, Reynisfjara. You’ll see the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash upon land as the mighty Reynisdrangar sea stacks loom on the horizon.
At the end of the day, you’ll head to your accommodation in the little village of Vík.
Now it is time to go off the beaten path and head into the Icelandic Highlands. Today, you’ll have the unique opportunity to dive in a newly discovered and nearly untouched dive site, known as the Tear of Odin.
The drive is very scenic but a little rough. You’ll drive on gravel roads and cross a few rivers. Surrounding you are majestic mountains and even active volcanoes.
Here in the Highlands, far away from human habitation is a sapphire blue, volcanic lake with crystal clear water. The Tear of Odin was discovered recently, and only a handful of guides know of its location. The dive in this crater lake is quite challenging but very rewarding.
After an adventurous day in the Highlands, you’ll return to your accommodation in Vík.
After breakfast, you’ll head West towards the Reykjanes Peninsula where you’ll find the geothermal lake Kelifarvatn.
The lake is located in a volcanic environment, with strange lava formations and colourful hills surrounding it.
Once inside the lake, you’ll surely notice the air bubbles coming out from the bottom which make the surrounding rocks vibrate. Many divers feel these vibrations and have described them as feeling like an earthquake.
After your dive, you can explore hot springs and bubbling mud pools at the nearby geothermal area of Seltún.
You’ll then head to accommodation in Reykjavík city. If you are visiting in spring or autumn and the sky is clear, you can join a complimentary Northern Lights tour in the evening.
Today you’ll head back out onto the Reykjanes Peninsula, this time even further west, to the little settlement of Garður.
Here, you’ll do an ocean dive where you can see over 40 different species of marine algae. You’ll also dive around a kelp forest which is home to many species of fish such as wolffish, scorpion fish, and monkfish.
After your dive, you’ll continue travelling the Reykjanes Peninsula on a sightseeing tour. You’ll visit the Gunnuhver hot springs, the Bridge Between Continents, and Brimklettar cliffs. If you wish, you can reserve a time slot at the Blue Lagoon for this day during the booking process.
You’ll end your day at your Reykjavík accommodation.
No trip to Iceland can be complete without visiting the Golden Circle. And there is no better way to wrap up a diving tour of Iceland than with a visit to the country’s most famous dive site, Silfra fissure. Luckily, you’ll be doing both today.
You’ll start off heading again to Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of Iceland’s democracy. Here, you’ll dive in the crystal clear waters of Silfra, a fissure located on the boundary of two tectonic plates.
After your dive, you’ll explore the rest of the Golden Circle, starting with the geothermal area of Geysir. The star of the site is the geyser Strokkur which erupts every 5-10 minutes, reaching heights to around 15-20 metres.
You will then head to Gullfoss waterfall, which is fed by Iceland’s second-largest glacier, Langjökull. The river Hvítá rushes south from the glacier before plunging 32-metres into an ancient canyon.
At the end of the day, you’ll return to your accommodation in Reykjavík and bid farewell to your guide. You will then have the rest of the evening free to explore the city, and perhaps take part in the vibrant nightlife.
You’ve explored and dived in volcanic craters, between continents, and in geothermal waters but now it is time to bid farewell to the land of ice and fire.
If your flight leaves in the afternoon or evening, you’ll have time to explore Reykjavík a little, perhaps visiting a museum or two. Within walking distance of your accommodation is the National Museum, the Saga Museum, and the Icelandic Phallological Museum.
You can also schedule a visit to the Blue Lagoon on this day, stopping there on your way to the airport. Relaxing in the mineral-rich waters of the lagoon is a great way to unwind after ten adventurous days on the road.