Diving in Silfra is a unique underwater experience. Diving between two continents is a stunning new diving video that has surfaced on the internet. A lone diver can be seen literally swimming his way between the connecting European and North American continental plates.
This unique diving place is called Silfra Fissure. It is a popular dive spot which is located at Thingvellir National Park in Iceland. The Silfra Fissure is the only place where a swimmer can dive or snorkel directly in between the fissure crack. This fissure runs right between the two continental plates.
The underwater dive feature is a direct result of a drift between the two continental plates of Europe and North America. These shelf plates are increasing their distance apart by roughly 2cm each year. Experience this selection of Silfra diving videos taken from within the clear waters of the Silfra Fissure.
Diving in Silfra Adventure Videos
You may have seen the main Silfra diving video with over 400k views on our Facebook page. If not then visit our page to view it. Below are some fantastic scuba diving videos. These diving videos were filmed by various scuba divers from deep within the Silfra fissure. There is no other place on earth where divers can swim literally between two continents.
Scuba Diving in Silfra
The diving waters at Thingvellir National Park in Iceland are crystal clear in all directions. Divers enjoy over 100 meters of direct visibility. The Silfra fissure consists of four distinctive and unique sections. These sections being known as : Silfra Big Crack, Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon.
Diving Between Two Continents
Diving in Silfra provides for remarkable diving conditions. The clear water in the fissure usually remains between 2’C- 4’C. As a unique diving location Silfra is one of the most pristine natural water bodies in the world.
Although Thingvellir Lake, which is part of the National park has an wide abundance of fish species that live in the cold waters.
Trout fishing in particular is very popular in the lake. The fish usually do not venture far into the Silfra fissure itself. It is not uncommon for divers to see just a few fish in the fissure.
The Marine Life at Silfra
The marine life in the Silfra Fissure consists mainly of bright green “troll hair.” There are various types of marine algae. These algae provide unique colors unlike anything found naturally above the surface of the clear waters.
In fact nowhere else on the planet is it possible to dive in such clear crystal waters. Here divers are surrounded by exotic marine life in relative safety. Nowhere else can you swim between two large unique land masses. The Silfra Fissure is truly a remarkable location for divers and fans of travel, nature and geology everywhere.
So it is no wonder that the Silfra Fissure is popular with adventure travelers and divers from all over the world. The National Park Thingvellir has been certified as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
This world heritage status afforded to the Silfra Fissure is for both for its cultural and historical significance. It is also for Silfra’s natural beauty and geological uniqueness for diving and marine biology. Only here at Sifra can swimmers partake in diving between two continents.
This particular diving in Silfra video filmed from the waters of Silfra in Iceland is by diver Hashem Al- Ghaili and was shot from December 13 2015.
The ‘Diving Between Two Continents’ video has gone viral on social media. It has been shared by diving fans over 500,000 times in the last week since this diving article was first posted here at Gloholiday.
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