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Iceland: Snorkel and Dive Between Tectonic Plates

If contemplating a luxury vacation to Iceland conjures up sentiments of ‘cool and mysterious’ in your mind, you’re right – but perhaps not in the way you might think. While the capital, Reykjavík, is the ideal spot for a weekend of trendy urban chic living, the mysterious, rugged wilderness that lies beyond is poised for exploration. But in a country of such unique landscapes, it seems only fitting that you see it in a totally unique way. Running the boundary of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, the Silfra Fissure is a deep ridge carving through Thingvellir National Park. Home to some of the clearest water in the world, it’s the perfect place for a spot of snorkelling – and the perfect ammo for office bragging rights.

Dip a Toe

Arrive in the afternoon where you’ll be collected from the airport and taken straight to the relaxing surrounds of the Retreat at Blue Lagoon. Opening onto the famous waters of the Blue Lagoon, you’ll have some time to enjoy the warm temperatures and thermal healing properties, before things take an altogether icier turn in a few days. Head to your Reykjavik base at Sandhotel where you’ll have enough time to explore the hip happenings of Reykjavik, with its cutting edge bars and restaurants, before an introduction to going beneath the earth’s surface tomorrow.

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Get to know the workings of the earth with a visit to the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano where you’ll be able to descend deep into the vast magma chamber for a peek at what lies beneath. The first of two completely unique Icelandic experiences, it sets the perfect tone for the highlight of the trip. Speaking of which, the next morning, you’ll be collected by Super Jeep and driven through the ethereal beauty of the Golden Circle to the Silfra Fissure. Get fully kitted up before plunging into crystal clear water and experiencing the utterly unique feeling of diving between continents. You don’t need us to tell you, it’s pretty amazing.

Take the Plunge

As you swim through the freezing glacial water, you’ll be totally absorbed by the dramatic and craggy sharp rocks which seem to close in on you and the vast expanse of nothingness that seems to lie ahead. This is an intrepid, awe-inspiring experience which you won’t find anywhere else on earth. Though if you’re looking to take it up that extra level, the dry suit dive certified amongst you can explore the rifts depths and get an up-close look at the plates. An incredible experience no matter the time of year, each season brings something a little different. We’ve done all four now though and summer is hands down our favorite. With the midnight sun blazing overhead to cast a glow over the water (and warm it up a touch), it elevates this already out of this world experience to something that more unbelievable.

Back on Dry Land

After the icy waters of Silfra, only one place will do to warm your bones – Hotel Ranga. A luxury country lodge, its cozy charm will have you never wanting to leave. Though there’s still time for one last adventure as you head out the next morning on a guided tour of the South Coast with its black sand beaches, thundering waterfalls and massive glacier tongues, before culminating in an epic glacier hike on Sólheimajökull. Getting the full sense of Icelandic landscapes – it’s the perfect note to end your trip on as you fly home the next morning.

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