Diving into or snorkeling above the Silfra rift in Iceland puts explorers directly between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. And if swimming between two continents isn't enough of a draw, the water's visibility is also an attraction: visitors are able to see through the crystalline depths for more than 100 meters. The glacial water is so pure that divers can literally take a gulp of it at any time. The only drawback? It's cold. Really cold. Usually around -4°C.
Diving In The Silfra Fissure
See what it's like to snorkel between the continents, thanks to a GoPro.
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Key Facts In This Video
Located in western Iceland, the Silfra rift separates the North American and Eurasian continents. 00:04
Wearing a double-layered dry suit protects divers against the icy waters of the Silfra rift. 00:18
Get an underwater view of the Silfra rift, where divers and snorkelers can see for more than 100 meters in any direction: 00:40
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