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Iceland has relatively newfound tourism popularity and we know why. This island is home to the incredible ‘Golden Circle’. This popular sightseeing route is home to treasures, one of which is the spectacular fissure officially known as the Silfra Tectonic Fissure. This tectonic area is arguably one of the best stop you can make while travelling the Golden Circle.

Known for its crystal clear waters and deep canyons, this place is geologically fascinating and source of some really exciting activities...




Where Two Continents Meet

Silfra is one of Iceland’s greatest and most sought after natural wonders. It is a fascinating place where the tectonic boundary between North America and Eurasia can be found. This freshwater rift located in the Þingvellir National Park in Iceland is not only geologically impressive; it is also jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Summer & Winter Delight

Silfra’s imperfectly perfect seam allows explorers to plunge into the watery depths towards the center of earth. The Tectonic Fissure is ready for you no matter what time of the year you choose to visit. In the summer this marvelous location is brimming with bright green algae that add spectacular color to the otherwise darkened rocks, not to mention you can swim amid the light of the Midnight Sun. If you decide to come in winter, you will be able to enjoy the sunrise and watch snowflakes as they fall and fall upon the surface of Silfra’s waters.

Pure, Clear Water

Not only is the location unique, so is the water. The fissure’s water is impressively clear and pure because the area is made up of glacier meltwater that gets filtered through porous underground lava. This process accounts for the water’s clarity as well as its drinkability. The visibility is so fantastic that divers can see up to 92 meters (300 feet) between the harden lava cliffs. The water is said to refract light the same way crystals do. Imagine that? Now, that’s what we call crystal-clear!



  • Silfra’s water is on the verge of freezing. Seriously, if it got any colder you would not be able to swim in it because it would be a block of ice. The water ranges from 2°C / 35°F to 4°C / 39°F.
  • Life above the water is very different from below. No plant life grows on the submerged rocks found within the fissure, fish do not venture there either for it is too cold.
  • The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates that make up the Silfra Fissure drift about 2 cm (0.79 in) apart each year. This builds tension between the plates and the earth’s mass.
  • The water is so pure you can drink it during your descent.
  • Each drop of water in Silfra is likely to be over 100 years old because it is made up of meltwater from Langjökull, Iceland's second-largest glacier that filters through the porous hardened lava. The filtering process takes anywhere from 50 to 100 years!
  • Chances are the iceberg that caused the Titanic to sink originated in Ilulissat.



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