An international group of divers recently traveled to Þingvellir National Park in Southwest Iceland to explore this unique diving destination. A Polish guide, Michail Zinieuricz, who works for the DIVE.is, the Sport Diving School of Iceland, led the team of North Americans and a French couple.
Þingvellir. Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.
“I’ve been to a number of diving destinations around the world and Silfra beats them all,” Zinieuricz told Fréttablaðið.
Young Kim from Los Angeles in California had been to the Silfra on a snorkeling excursion and was looking forward to his first dive in the rift. “I can’t wait to get started on the dive.”
Brennan Moran, a Canadian from Nova Scotia now residing in the province of Alberta, told Fréttablaðið this was his second visit to Iceland. His first visit was last year.
“I decided I had to come back to Iceland, and here I am. And this time I am staying for three months,” Moran said.
He was planning to develop his diving skills and was guided by Zinieuricz, among others.
The walk from the parking lot where the group parked was in quite some distance from the rift, and the equipment was heavy to carry. But once inside the ice-cold lake, signs of tiredness evaporated, the divers stated.
“We read about Silfra online and just knew we had to give it a try,” said the French Martin Le Menach, who was there with Delphine Schoch, also French.
They traveled from Bretagne, France to experience a dive in Silfra. For more information on tours to Silfra, visit DIVE.is.