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You Can Take A Dive Between The Continents

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

  1. Located in western Iceland, the Silfra rift separates the North American and Eurasian continents. 00:04

  2. Wearing a double-layered dry suit protects divers against the icy waters of the Silfra rift. 00:18

  3. 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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Written by Curiosity Staff July 10, 2015