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Iceland

Post by seattlepaul1975 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:35 pm

It's official I am going to Iceland this July. :taco:


I am going to do the Silfra Crack and maybe the geothermal dive as well. Has anyone done either yet?

If so which shop/tour did you use and would you recommend them or not?

I shall post some video/pics of the dive when I do it

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Re: Iceland

Post by 60south » Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:22 am

Yay! I wish I could join you, Iceland on my bucket list. Have a good time a report back!

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Re: Iceland

Post by Tangfish » Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:36 am

My dive buddy Ricardo has dived Iceland. He's a nice guy, you can ask him directly here:
https://www.facebook.com/ricardo.preve

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Re: Iceland

Post by Magoi » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:07 pm

I am in the process of planning a trip there in late August. For the hydrothermal vent diving at the north end of Iceland I have been trading emails with the operator. There appear to be several operators doing the Strytan dive, but it looks like everyone contracts with Erlendur Bogason and adds their markup. He is the one my family will be diving with. www.strytan.is He holds the conservation contract for the marine park and is reportedly the one who discovered it.

We will probably go with www.dive.is for the lake dive if we have time to do it. They appear to be the largest. The only caution I have seen in the reviews is to make sure the drysuit fits before you get to the site.
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Re: Iceland

Post by seattlepaul1975 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:51 pm

I emailed dive.is and never heard back. I have been talking to the team at diveiceland.com and have been impressed and will probably use them.

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Re: Iceland

Post by Tom Nic » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:07 pm

seattlepaul1975 wrote:It's official I am going to Iceland this July. :taco:


I am going to do the Silfra Crack and maybe the geothermal dive as well. Has anyone done either yet?

If so which shop/tour did you use and would you recommend them or not?

I shall post some video/pics of the dive when I do it


Congratulations and Good luck!

Thanks in advance for taking us along on the ride, and for the report and recommends - it will be a help for those of us lucky enough to get there someday!
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Re: Iceland

Post by zekethesheik » Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:02 pm

Richard Anderson of Seattle Dive Tours I believe has been... Nice guy, look him up

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Re: Iceland

Post by Diver_C » Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:05 pm

I LOVE Iceland!! Went there in 2008 for 2-1/2 weeks in March staying with friends,BbbleMkr and RyanS, who lived there for awhile. We dove Silfra Cathedral, Bjarnagjá Lava Ravine, and Gardurinn at Garður. Awesome dives!!! I carried all our dive gear over, except their backplates. They rented their BCs (jacket ones, no wing/backplates available), and we got our tanks from Dive.Is. I forgot where we found our guide, but we rented one for those three dives. I was in email contact with Tobi Klose at tobi@tobiasklose.de. They did not have argon, btw. When we were there, it was before Iceland's economy crashed, so Iceland was super-duper expensive, i.e., $6 for the cheapest beer in a store ($36 for a six pack). We spent about $1000 for the three dives - filled tanks, two BCs, weights, and a guide/transportation. Since their economy crashed, the currency improved from 80 ISK to the dollar to now it's 112 ISK to the dollar. However, Iceland is still super expensive (nearly everything imported, and heavily taxed 35%). Going in July will give you endless daylight, and more of an ability to travel around the country by car (couldn't be done in March). Water was in the upper 30s. Silfra, which is considered where the Atlantic starts, allows one to touch both the North American and European tectonic plates at once - pretty cool!!! I will get back to Iceland some day. Have a great time!!

Here are links to my photos for those three dives:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/diver_c/s ... 123858588/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/diver_c/s ... 128102551/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/diver_c/s ... 183545800/

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Re: Iceland

Post by Magoi » Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:30 pm

I contacted diveiceland.is and found a trip that fit my needs exactly. Traded a few emails getting the details worked out and then they stopped answering emails for over 2 weeks. Found another one that is working with me on a custom plan magmadive.is
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Re: Iceland

Post by kasi » Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:33 pm

Iceland is a very volcanically active country and i want to visit the Iceland in next season its my first trip toward the Iceland my friends tell me that water that flows through the ground gets heated vigorously..

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Re: Iceland

Post by Magoi » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:24 pm

There is a lot of hydrothermal activity there. One dive I am doing with my wife and daughter there in a few weeks is at an underwater hydrothermal vent in a fjord on the north side of the island (site is called Strytan). It is reported as the only undersea hydrothermal vent that is in recreational dive limits. Fresh water exits the vent at about 80 C. The seawater is a bit colder than here.
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