Saturday, 6 February 2016

Diving or snorkelling in Silfra

When on holiday or exploring a new place, it is always great to try something new, something out of your comfort zone.  Since I began exploring the world, I have done a few things that my friends have thought I was mad for doing (sky diving in New Zealand or swimming with sharks in Thailand), but when I announced that I was off to Iceland I don't think they were expecting to see me doing any more crazy things there...

However, two days into the holiday I was posting pictures on Facebook of my experience snorkeling through the tectonic plates in Iceland and I thought I would share them with you here too.

Diving between the plates means that you are actually swimming between two difference continents - North American and European.   The plates are slowly drifting apart at around 2cms a year and the water is around the same temperature no matter what season you go in, meaning that you are snorkeling or diving in dry suits with your thermals on underneath.  With the water being around  2°C – 4°C all year the dive or snorkel is a pretty chilly one, even with all of your thermal layers underneath, but I can't recommend it enough.   I mean, how many people can say that they have swam between two continents in freezing cold water?

Is this something you would do while you are away?  I'd love to hear any amazing and random things you have done on your travels too, add them in the comments box below, so that I can add them to my bucket list too!