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Snorkeling in the Silfra Fissure

How Iceland Won My Heart – Day 5 Snorkeling in the Silfra Fissure

After the thrill of yesterday’s adventure, we had decided to sleep in a little on day 5 (day one found here, days two and three found here, and day four found here). We moseyed our way down to breakfast. We were just sitting down when a man comes up the stairs calling our names. I walked up to him  and he said he was our shuttle driver to take us to Silfra for snorkeling.  I looked at my watch. The ticket we reviewed yesterday said our shuttle was scheduled for 10 am. It was only 8 am. But he was here now and he was telling me that it had always been 8 am. Jordan and I put our breakfast in napkins, ran upstairs to grab our things, and ran back to the shuttle. It looked like we were going to have to change our plans.

“What are we going to do about the car?” Jordan asked me when we got in the shuttle. “We’ll figure it out. We’ll call the company and tell them our situation when they open.” Oh well, things happen. If we needed to pay to rent the car for one more day then that’s what we were going to do. It wasn’t the worst thing that could happen. I mean, we could still be stuck on a glacier. 🙂 I tried to relax again as we made our way to the Silfra Fissure. This is where the tectonic plates are pulling apart in Iceland and the water stays around 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit all year.

We had been looking forward to this excursion the whole trip…and I realized in my rush I forgot to put my contacts in. I was wearing my glasses. I decided that wasn’t going to effect my excitement. There would still be plenty to see up close! We arrived at Silfra, called the rental company and they were understanding. They saw the car in the parking lot and said everything looked good, just drop the keys off when we return to Reykjavik. The weight lifted from our chests. Now we would be able to full enjoy ourselves in our dip into a different world.

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Silfra Fissure

Silfra  has a visibility of about 500 feet on a good day. The water would be cold and we would wear dry suits. Since the water was filtered through the lava rocks, there was no worry about getting some in your mouth. We jumped in and floated with the current. The view was unreal. And so cold. In spite of the insulating under suit, gloves, and dry suit, the water would still reach you and it took a little while to get used to. I found it a little hard to breathe but oh so worth it.

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The water was incredibly clear and beautiful. The only thing touching the water were our faces but it definitely took some adjusting to. While we were snorkeling, our guide took pictures of us. The whole experience was surreal.

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We reached the end and changed out of the dry suits. I kept my insulating layers on as long as I could to try to warm up. They had hot chocolate and cookies waiting for us back at the vans. We made our way back to Reykjavik, returned the car without a problem, and reflected on another unbelievable day. The experience, as hectic was it was to begin, made me so grateful for how lucky we were to be able to take these adventures. Oh, and don’t worry too much 🙂

Next up: Reykjavik and The Blue Lagoon

Until next post!

Jessica

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