Silfra & Þingvellir National Park
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, or just Silfra. Silfra is arguably the best stop you can make while traveling the Golden Circle.
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.
Silfra’s imperfectly perfect seam allows explorers to plunge into the watery depths towards the center of earth. Silfra Tectonic Fissure is ready for you no matter what time of the year you choose to visit. In this 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.
Not only is the location unique, so is the water. The fissure’s water is impressively clear and pure because Silfra 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!