The tour was really cool. The day started with a pickup at the Artic Adventures office downtown in Reykjavik at 9 am. We started with the black part of the tour which entailed going caving in Gjábakkahellir. The Gjábakkahellir is an excellent example of an Icelandic lava tube and it’s located under Þingvellir national park. It feels like you are going to explore a new world! The lava tube is also situated in one of the most active volcano areas in the world. How cool is that? You will get a helmet with a head lamp and then one just starts to walk down in the cave. There are two entrances to choose from. We started with the one to the left and saved the more challenging tunnel for last. We walked in to the tunnel and it was just pitch black but luckily we had our headlamps. The lava tunnel has different heights and sometimes you can walk up straight and sometimes you have to crawl, so you can’t be claustrophobic, but it really worth all the crawling to see the lava tunnel. The tunnel is about 15-20 meters underground and it gets warmer and warmer inside the tunnel. After that we reached the end and we took the other tunnel on the way back. In that tunnel it was necessary to do way more crawling and crouching. The whole walk inside the cave takes about one hour and it’s an adventure! After Gjábakkahellir we went for some lunch near Þingvellir where we were going to scuba dive.
Then we started with the blue part of the tour, that is scuba diving, which takes place in Silfra. Silfra is a rift that is between the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates and it’s one of the best scuba diving places in the world because if you are lucky you could have a visibility of up to 100 meters. Water in Silfra is from Iceland’s second largest glacier Langjökull, 50 kilometers north from Silfra. It takes about 50 years for the water to get to Silfra, so it’s really clean and clear and it’s really good to drink. At the scuba diving place we got overalls, drysuits, and a snorkel set, fins and a diving mask. I started to get a little frightened even though I have PADI open water license because the water is around the 0⁰ C all year around. But once you get in the water it’s fine. The drysuit didn’t let in any water so it was only the face and the hands that were cold, but you get used to it. It’s so amazing and colorful to snorkel in Silfra! The water is so clear and you could see really far. We enjoyed snorkeling for one hour. It’s really fun to try out snorkeling!
I will come back in the summer to try out diving and it will be amazing!