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Dive Review of Dive Iceland/One Day Stop on a Cruise Ship in
General Travel/Other Locations/Silfra Crack, Iceland

Dive Iceland/One Day Stop on a Cruise Ship: "Best Viz in the World", Jul, 2015,

by Robert Halem, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8505.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Diving the Silfra Crack is definitely one of those "Been there, done that, got the t-shirt" places. It is claimed to be the clearest water in the world and I believe it. It is certainly the best viz I have ever seen. But think about it....the viz is great because there is no particulate in the water. No particulate means no bacteria, no algae, and no plankton. With no biological elements in the water there is nothing to eat so there are no fish, no inverts. This is purely a dive for the structure and geology.

There is no where else in the world where you can be at 45 feet, 38 degrees F and touch two continents. The classic picture from the dive is arms spread, one hand on Europe and one on North America.

DIVE.IS picked me up at the cruise ship dock and returned me after the dives. Since it was mid-summer and far north, the pickup was at 4pm and return about 9pm, all in daylight.

Was is fun, YES. Would I do it again, probably not.
Websites Dive Iceland   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Everywhere warm
Closest Airport Getting There Pickup at cruise ship

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 39-39°F / 4-4°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 250-300 Ft/ 76-91 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay away from the bottom, lots of silt.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Nothing special for photographers and nothing special to photograph except the topography. The guide was enthusiastic about taking my picture in the classic arms out pose.
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