Iceland, is the northernmost country of Europe, sitting on it's own in the North Atlantic Ocean. It comprises of the island of Iceland plus some small islands and is located in the North Atlantic Ocean between Europe and Greenland. Of the Nordic countries, it is the least populated and the second smallest and has a population of about 320,000. Its capital and largest city is Reykjavík.
Iceland is volcanically and geologically very active. In visiting Iceland you can go to outside natural spas and relax in warm pools and visit bubbling mud pools. There is regular volcanic activity and even to the extent of new islands being being born. The interior mainly consists of a plateau characterized by sand fields, mountains and glaciers. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Iceland has a temperate climate relative to its latitude.
The diving in Iceland is quite special, but obviously the water is cold, therefore a dry suit is required. The clarity of the water can be quite exceptional. The main dive sites are Silfra, Thingvellir, Strýtan, Eyjaffjordur, Seidsfjordur, Davidsgja, Hindisvik, Myvatn, El Grillo, Jokulsarlón, Gullfoss and Geysir.
[Photo Credit - Samantha Muir]
- You can dive in between the American and the Eurasian continental plates
- Take a look at a Thermal Chimney that is sending water out at 70c, but is only 6C surrounding it
- Iceberg lagoon
- El Grillo which is a WWII wreck of a tanker sunk by a U boat
- Volcanoes and the world famous Geysir
- The living costs in Iceland are exceptionally high.
- A dry suit is required
- Hyperbaric Chamber at Landspitali Fossvogi
|Language:||Icelandic, English, Nordic languages and German is widely spoken.|
|Climate:||Temperate, with windy winters and damp, cool summers|
|Natural hazards:||Earthquakes and lots of volcanic activity|
|Diving season:||Year round|
|Water temperature:||Winter 5C (41F)|
|Summer 12C (54F)|
|Air temperature:||Winter 0C (32F)|
|Summer 13C (55F)|