In a process that can take up to 100 years, ice from nearby Langjökull Glacier melts and travels into an ancient lava field, filtering underground through 50km of porous volcanic rock.
Due to its unique geological conditions, as well as its historical and cultural significance, the Thingvellir National Park, Iceland has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Diving is permitted in two submerged rifts in the National Park, Silfra and Davíðsgjá. Silfra is one of the best spots for diving in Iceland and many people find the rift unique on an international scale.
The reason for its fame is the astounding visibility in the clear, cold ground water and the magnificent surroundings. Davíðsgjá is in the north-eastern part of Lake Þingvallavatn. The rift is in the lake itself and to reach it you have to swim some distance. It is quite shallow nearest to the bank, but deepens and widens further out.
This icy water is around 2°C and flows within a crack between the North American and Eurasian continents, which drift 2cm further apart each year. The diver in the video is brave to feel and enjoy the cold. Want to try? There may be several things you need to know ahead.Divers have to fulfil all regulations and conditions regarding qualification and equipment for diving. They must abide by all rules concerning diving and agree to respect the National Park regulations. It is prohibited to dive alone, to enter caves while diving and to dive to a greater depth than 18 meters.
If you can’t free dive there, you can still feast your eyes on the fairyland. You will never regret being in the Thingvellir National Park even if you have been there many times. Every time, you get a new Iceland