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“You are very petite,” said the instructor disapprovingly as I walked through the door of Scuba Iceland. What might normally be considered a hair-flipping compliment would in fact turn out to be a hindrance to one of my greatest adventures yet: scuba diving in Iceland.

Diving in Iceland*

Certain activities seem synonymous with visiting Iceland: seeing the Northern Lights, hiking glaciers, riding Icelandic horses. But anything involving submerging oneself in the country’s icy waters? Not so much. Yet scuba diving in Iceland is becoming more and more hyped among the world’s dive enthusiasts thanks to fantastic visibility, eerie topography and surreal creature spotting.

Diving in Iceland

The majority of those divers are heading to Silfra, a glacial-water-filled ravine that runs between the tectonic plates of Europe and North America. I’ve been dying to do this dive since I first heard about it years ago — I mean, did I mention the between-tectonic-plates bit?! So in Reykjavik, while my mom and sister set off on a South Coast day tour, I joined the Scuba Iceland team to submerge into what is often listed as one of the world’s top cold water dives.

Scuba Iceland*

The trip started with an hour drive out to Thingvellir National Park, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sight and first stop on the famed “Golden Circle” tours of Iceland. From there we started to get into our dry suits — an incredibly arduous process compared to my diving routine in Thailand, which is basically throwing on a bikini and jumping in.

See, I’m what people in the dive world might sneeringly refer to as a “warm water wussy” — I probably have done around 200 dives by now, but never in water any colder than the Bahamas in January, or Ibiza in July! Those temperatures are around 75 degrees Fahrenheit, which is nothing to sneer at and requires a thick wetsuit. But this would be my first time in a drysuit, which is a whole different level of diving.

Diving in Iceland

I started with leggings, a long sleeve top, and thick wool socks. Over that went a jumpsuit that would act as insulation. On top of that went the drysuit itself as well as thick neoprene gloves and hoods. So far so good, but then the rubber bands came out. Tight bands went over my wrists and over my neck, meant to seal out water but also cause to complete strangulation. At this point my mild panic over trying drysuit diving for the first time started to escalate to fever pitch, which I now realize is a common side effect of lack of oxygen to the brain.

Here I am rocking that drysuit in the most stylish way possible — after all, Tom Cruise had been diving there the day before and I wasn’t about to let that crazy dude show me up (he was shooting a movie while we were in Iceland!)

Diving in Iceland

The gear and weights continued to pile on and I realized now why the petite comment was not flattery. As I struggled to walk to the entrance to the dive site, the divemaster told me I had a full 35kg of gear on. I am completely ignorant of the metric system so I just kind of smiled and tried to look less like I was about to die. Later I Googled that situation and realized I was wearing EIGHTY POUNDS OF GEAR. Never in my life have I more joyously flopped into freezing water.

Silfra

So many emotions whipped around in that first moment when I became fully submerged in glacial water — I had to force myself to slow down and hold onto the thoughts so I could remember them later. First I felt relief as the weight of the gear I was wearing was buoyed up by the water. Then — the water. Oh my God, I have never felt such all-encompassing cold in all of my life. It touched every part of me, and there was so no relief. I flicked through my memory bank to online reviews which promised I’d go numb to the cold after the first five minutes. Five minutes, I could last five minutes in this water. Um, again — the water. I felt like I was in a neon dream — never had I seen colors so bright or water so clear.

Silfra

I took a few deep breaths and told myself to play this cool — I’m meant to be a fairly experienced diver, after all! Sometimes I think I make it through a lot of my most feared scuba situations (shark diving, night diving, now drysuit diving) simply because I tend to always dive with people way above my level and the last thing I want to do is look like the Hysterical Lady Diver in the group. After a few meditative breaths I was able to calm my cold-rattled brain into slowing down and absorbing the sensations around me. For a better idea of what I was experiencing, check out the diving clips in my One Week in Iceland video.

Diving in Iceland

And there was so much beauty, so many dreamlike sights to absorb. When I tell people about this dive one of their first questions is usually, “What is there to see? Fish?” Well, there are some small trout in the lake, but they don’t often swim into the ravine. But who needs fish when you have stunning reds like these?

Diving in Iceland*

Diving in Iceland*

Diving in Iceland Photo on right courtesy of Scuba Iceland

Or greens as amazing as these?

Diving in Iceland

Silfra

Or blues as brilliant as these?

Diving in Iceland

Diving in Iceland

Some views just looked like watercolor paintings.

Diving in Iceland

Diving in Iceland

Yet even in black and white, the topography alone would make this dive worthwhile. We moved from deep to shallow areas very rapidly — at some points we were practically snorkeling while at other times we got low to truly appreciate the enormity of the rift we were in. I kept reminding myself that if I turned to my left, I was looking at North America, while if I turned left – ta da! I was looking at Europe.

Diving in Iceland*

Diving in Iceland

Unfortunately, I was having some trouble being able to turn left or right.  I realized on these dives that they teach drysuit diving as a full separate course for a reason! I have never felt so out of control of my buoyancy or mobility or depth before. It was actually a little frustrating to feel so helpless in the water, a place where I normally feel so comfortable. It was a struggle just to move — I felt like a newbie diver again!

Diving in IcelandPhoto on right courtesy of Scuba Iceland

I was so focused on not crashing into the walls or flying up to the surface that it took my a while to realize something was actually kind of wrong with my face.

Diving in Iceland

YOU GUYS. Can you say face bloat? I wanted to delete these underwater selfies as soon as I saw them but when I saw the joy and laughter they brought to friends I just had to share them with the entire internets. I’m no science blogger so I can only guess that my skin swelled in reaction to the freezing water temperatures! Remind me not to enter any Icelandic Underwater Beauty Contests anytime soon.

Silfra

Because, oh, I did mention that the water was freezing, right? As in 2 degrees Celsius, a whopping 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit! And those people who claimed that I would go numb after five minutes? Liars. I mean, I guess you kind of get used to the shock, in a way, but I felt cold down to my bone for the entirety of both dives we did. The worst were my fingers and forehead, which were exposed to the water (our gloves were wetsuit material). In fact, five minutes into the second dive it took all the willpower I had not to signal and call the dive, I was in so much pain from what I can only describe as a brain freeze headache. It subsided but enough for me to carry on, but suffice to say — I am a warm water wussy!

Silfra

Diving in Iceland

However, one benefit of that icy water is its source — a nearby glacier. Such water is purer than anything you could ever find in a tap or in a bottle, and a few times during the dive I removed my regulator and took a few gulps!

Silfra

Reaching Silfra Lagoon signals the end of the dive, a sandy area that accentuates one last time the unbelievable visibility of the water — up to 100 meters, or 300 feet! That is simply unparalleled in the dive world. Yet I must confess that despite the surreal and wonderful experience that those dives were, I was happy to get out of that drysuit and cold water and rip that rubber band from around my neck!

Diving in Iceland*

Diving in Iceland

Diving in Iceland*

I couldn’t recommend Scuba Iceland more highly for this trip. What could have been very intimidating and panic-inducing situations, they made safe and fun. I felt like I was diving with old friends — old friends who were much more brilliant and experienced divers than I, that is! In addition to the Silfra dive that I did, they also offer snorkeling trips, PADI courses, and extended trips to Iceland’s more far flung dives sites.

Silfra

And one bonus thing I loved about them was that they took photos for me and gave them to me on a disc! I had my own Canon PowerShot with me, of course, but it was so wonderful to have photos of myself underwater… after all, I’m usually the one behind the lens.

Diving in Iceland*

Silfra

Unfortunately, relief was not immediate after crawling backward out of the lagoon, because we still had to walk back to the van. I truly struggled with the weight of everything and a few times I thought I could not stand another moment of pain in my shoulders and back. I suffered for it too — I was sore for days to come! But the group was kind and patient with me and I finally made it, dripping in sweat. I had done it. I had gone diving in Iceland.

Diving in Iceland

Silfra

Are you a diver too? Get thyself to Silfra, and soon! This is far and away the most popular dive site in Iceland. Instructor Kevin estimates that there are at least 20 divers a day there in the summer — a figure that would have been unheard of a few short years ago. While increased exposure has definitely boosted the site’s popularity, so has the economy. While this trip is still a big investment at 29,900 ISK (currency conversions are especially unstable right now — what was $230US while I was planning the trip is now $164US while I’m writing this piece!) it cost well over $500US a few short years ago.

However, there is a delicate ecosystem here and too many divers could upset that balance. I say go now, while things are still pristine — and ask your dive operator how you can help keep them that way.

Diving in Iceland

I promise, you won’t regret diving in Iceland — this was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Being between two tectonic plates, seeing the brightest neons nature has to offer, drinking glacial water throughout the dive — these are experiences that simply can’t be replicated anywhere else on the planet! And after struggling through the constant discomfort of the drysuit, the psychological challenge of the cold, and laboring with the weight of the equipment, I can certainly say that it was a hard-earned high. And that of course made it so much sweeter.

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Diving in IcelandPhoto on right courtesy of Scuba Iceland

The next day, I returned to the site with my Mom and sister as we did a self-drive tour of the Golden Circle (post to come!) I showed them the transparent waters and they stuck their hands in before whipping them out, shrieking and wondering how I could ever go diving in such waters.

Silfra

And I couldn’t really give them an answer. I don’t know how I went from a girl afraid of pools and paralyzed by the thought of sharks to a girl who wins scuba scholarships and goes diving in Iceland. Some days I feel like I’m just faking it! But not after this. After scuba diving in Iceland, I feel pretty damn hardcore.

Silfra

Many thanks to Scuba Iceland for hosting me on this tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. All photos with an asterisk (*) were taken by Scuba Iceland, edited by me.

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  • Dad
    September 4 2012

    Well, you should feel hardcore about your diving skills. The picture of you post dive is the first time I have ever seen you look exhausted AND happy at the same time…..and the photos are wonderful.

    • Alex
      September 4 2012

      Ha, yes it is a rare combination indeed! I think a big part of that smile is that the divemaster just took some of my weights off!

  • Kelly
    September 4 2012

    Hi Alex,
    I started reading your blog about a year ago, and I’ve now read every single one of your posts. I check the site daily (yep.. while I’m at work!). I’m hoping to take a RTW trip in 6-7 years and your blog is a great inspiration. Yours is one of 3 travel blogs that I check regularly. I love reading all about your travels and adventures. Keep it up and stay safe!

    Best,
    Kelly

    • Alex
      September 4 2012

      Kelly thank you so much for this amazing comment…. you made my day! I’m so glad to hear I’ve been an inspiration, and I’m honored to be one of the 3 blogs you sneak at work (I used to do the same at school!) Keep dreaming and planning… and keep commenting too :)

  • Alexa Hart
    September 4 2012

    The visibility is incredible! What a gorgeous place to dive. I recently got certified and would be too scared to do it anytime soon with the heavy suit and equipment and almost freezing water. So awesome that you pushed yourself and did it though – super hardcore! Truly unique experience.
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    • Alex
      September 4 2012

      Thanks Alexa! I would have been way too intimidated to do this when I first started out as well, so you might be surprised where you find yourself in a few years! :) Where did you get certified?

      • Alexa Hart
        September 5 2012

        I got certified in Coron, Philippines – lots of wreck diving! There is also a really cool lake that I wanted to dive but didn’t get to do it. It’s called Barracuda Lake, and it has a unique thermocline, where the lake feels like a jacuzzi.
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        • Alex
          September 5 2012

          Oooo, amazing! I’m strongly considering the Philippines for my Divemaster. From my research I have to warn you that I think it will be hard to find diving that compares to that!

  • Sam
    September 4 2012

    Yes! I’ve been waiting for this post! The photos are amazing and you look so damn cute all little and chubby x

    • Alex
      September 4 2012

      Haha I’m glad it delivered! Yeah I think I rock the face bloat pretty well… but I have to say I’m glad that’s not what I usually look like underwater!

  • Federico
    September 4 2012

    What a dive! So I assume the water was too cold for fish to live in it? Or to sweet?

    • Alex
      September 4 2012

      Well, there are fish that live in the lake that this ravine feeds into so I don’t think it’s too cold for them, maybe the water is just flowing in the wrong direction? Not totally sure on that one!

  • Julie
    September 4 2012

    I can’t get over the colors! Looks like an amazing dive, although 35F would make Lake George seem like a jacuzzi.
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    • Alex
      September 4 2012

      Ha, yes it would! I’ll never really complain about having to wear a 5mm wetsuit ever again after this…

  • Erica Forehand
    September 4 2012

    Those colors are insane! This makes me want to go diving – coming from a person who’s never been and is scared of practically everything :)

    That’s so awesome you were able to keep going, even with 80lbs of gear and freezing temperatures!

    LOVE the self portraits btw :)
    Erica Forehand recently posted..Key West: The Ending

    • Alex
      September 4 2012

      I knew those selfies would be a hit! :) Thanks for the kudos, it was well worth the effort!

  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
    September 4 2012

    Your photos really are magical, Alex! Although your descriptions of how icy cold the water was do give me pause, I know that if we make it to Iceland, I will have to try this for myself (at least snorkeling). The color of the water is out of this world… it must have truly felt like you were on another planet!
    Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) recently posted..The Time we Ate at the Japanese Cheesecake Factory

    • Alex
      September 4 2012

      This is definitely a site that would be (almost!) equally impressive as a snorkeler, since so much of it is actually quite shallow and the water is SO clear. Definitely contact Scuba Iceland when the time comes!

  • Ayngelina
    September 4 2012

    I just got my scuba certification and I can’t wait to use it. Iceland looks like the perfect place to start.
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    • Alex
      September 4 2012

      Well, if you do start there… make sure you follow rapidly with somewhere warm and tropical in case the cold scares you off :) Where did you get certified?

  • Camels & Chocolate
    September 5 2012

    You are truly and utterly insane–and I love it. While these underwater landscapes are stunning, I don’t think I could take the heat–or rather, cold! I never even made it into the water in California, after all.
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    • Alex
      September 5 2012

      Is it weird that I like the idea of being known as the CRAY CRAY blogger? Because I really do. However, sometimes I think I do things just to have said I’ve done them. Luckily in this case it was totally worth it!

  • TammyOnTheMove
    September 5 2012

    I am petrified of diving, because I am scared of all kinds of fish and open water just freaks me out, but this seems really safe for a strange reason. I am not sure why, but maybe the knowledge that no fish could bite through all these layers. :-) The photos are amazing by the way. Loving the colours. Maybe one day I will beat my inner fear and go for it as well.
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    • Alex
      September 5 2012

      I hope you do Tammy! And I know what you mean, something about being in the ravine is less psychologically traumatizing than being in open ocean, which was my big fear when I started out!

  • Juno
    September 5 2012

    Love it! Look at the colour… I didn’t go to scuba diving in Iceland but I would love to go back to do so someday. It was too rainy when I was there! :) Great pictures!

    • Alex
      September 5 2012

      Thanks Juno! We were definitely blessed with beautiful weather while we were there… we only had a few hours of rain the entire week!

  • Aparna
    September 5 2012

    WOW!! Loved the pics !
    Did you have to get trained formally to scuba dive?

    • Alex
      September 5 2012

      Thanks Aparna! You can do a “try dive” most places in the world that doesn’t require certification, but to really get into the sport you’ll have to do a 3-4 day Open Water Course with PADI or SSI or another certification agency.

  • Hannah
    September 5 2012

    What an incredible experience – I would love to do this. Your photos are amazing and you truly are hardcore :)

    • Alex
      September 5 2012

      Aw, thanks Hannah!

  • Ashley
    September 5 2012

    This looks so amazing… scuba diving and Iceland had never occurred to me as a combination but it seems to be a great one! Iceland is definitely on my “to-travel list” and might I add I love your blog!!

    • Alex
      September 6 2012

      Thank you so much Ashley! I’m glad to hear from ya :)

  • Raymond @ Man On The Lam
    September 6 2012

    Although it looks absolutely beautiful, I doubt I could handle the cold water for that long (and I’m from Newfoundland!)

    Good on you for tackling it though… :)
    Raymond @ Man On The Lam recently posted..What to Expect on a Safari in Tanzania

    • Alex
      September 6 2012

      I kept telling myself I can do anything for an hour, and tonight I’ll be curled in a warm comfy bed…. it kind of worked :)

  • Kent @ NVR
    September 6 2012

    Wow, as if Iceland isn’t incredible enough on land. I bet you feel hardcore!
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    • Alex
      September 6 2012

      Oh yes, definitely earned my badass scuba diver stripes now :)

  • Ingvar Rúnar
    September 6 2012

    awesome blog. It was so much fun diving with you and amazing pictures :)

    • Alex
      September 7 2012

      Thanks Ingvar! Oh, and thanks for being so patient with me and my slow walking!

  • Giselle and Cody
    September 6 2012

    Wow! Those photos are amazing! We didn’t even think about scuba diving in Iceland. Giselle plans on getting her diving certification here in Thailand, so we’ll have to put diving in Iceland on our bucket list!

    • Alex
      September 7 2012

      Oh, where in Thailand are you?! If you’re heading to Koh Tao, email me — I’ve got a million friends over there still! I was based out of there last year.

  • Giselle and Cody
    September 7 2012

    We are all over Thailand right now doing some work for Elephant Nature Park at the moment. We will be heading to Koh Tao at the end of November. So excited!!
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    • Alex
      September 10 2012

      Nice! You’ll be catching the end of the monsoon season, so hopefully crowds are low and sun is shining! Check out Roctopus Dive, they are friends of mine and will take great care of you — just tell them Alex sent ya :)

  • El Che
    September 7 2012

    Really interesting post and nice photos! I’m happy to find your blog.

    • Alex
      September 10 2012

      Thank you! Hope you stop by again!

  • Erica
    September 8 2012

    Oh man! Your pics are much better than ours! :P Wasn’t Silfra freaking AMAZING?!?!
    Erica recently posted..Weekend Review: Reykjavik Downtown Hostel

    • Alex
      September 10 2012

      Ahhh! I can’t wait to read your post! Did you guys dive it too? I remember chatting at TBEX about your diving in Utila…

  • Abby
    September 8 2012

    I have never seen a smile like that in such gear! What an adventure!!
    Abby recently posted..Old-school California in La Jolla

    • Alex
      September 10 2012

      I was definitely grinning big… but that might have to do with the fact that the divemaster grabbed some of the weights off me right before this photo was taken! Ha.

  • Emily in Chile
    September 8 2012

    Those greens are seriously unbelievable! But I think I’ll take your word (and photos) for it rather than experiencing the freezing water for myself :)
    Emily in Chile recently posted..Tips for my Spanish speaking amigos

    • Alex
      September 10 2012

      Well, I always tell myself I can do just about anything for an hour… and being in this water was one of those things! :)

  • paul | walkflypinoy
    September 8 2012

    the borderholic in me can’t get over the fact that you look one side and there’s north america, you look the other way and there’s europe. blows my mind! haha.
    paul | walkflypinoy recently posted..Which Wat to Wander at in Chiang Mai

    • Alex
      September 10 2012

      I agree! I’m a total geography nut so I think that’s what drew me in to the idea of this dive.

  • thatgirlshanna
    September 10 2012

    All right, now you’ve got me totally freaked about doing this in a week. I was wearing about 90 lbs of equipment today when we finished our dry suit certification course and it was KILLING me just carrying to & from the water. And the cold? Crap. I hope I can hack it….

    P.S. What gear did they use? I’m curious if we should bring any of our stuff or if they’ll kit us out completely. I have tiny hands & don’t want to get stuck with ill-fitting gloves, etc.

    • Alex
      September 10 2012

      Oh no, I didn’t mean to dissuade anyone! Believe me, it’s worth the cold and the suffering! I would say if you have something small you want to bring, like gloves, you should just bring it for peace of mind (I brought my trusty mask) but I’m sure they have a wide range of gear.

  • Brenda
    September 13 2012

    Stunning and clear underwater photos. Enjoyed reading this post. Thank you
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    • Alex
      September 13 2012

      Thank you Brenda! It was an amazing experience, I can’t say it enough.

  • Jacob
    September 13 2012

    Hi Alex,
    followed your blog since diving koh tao this march…
    So funny reading about your hike back to the van with all the gear…thumbs up! Respect for fighting yourself back! Can feel your struggle…
    Amazing colors on those pics…where they like this irl or did photoshop them a little?
    Thanks for a fantastic blog!

    • Alex
      September 13 2012

      Jacob thanks so much for commenting, I love to know who is reading! Believe it or not the views were JUST like this! I’ve never seen colors so bright or water so clear.

  • Amelia Winnie
    September 20 2012

    Did you encounter any rarely seen sea creatures down there in Iceland?
    This is really nice, and feels like surreal! I’d like to try it someday.

    • Alex
      September 22 2012

      I didn’t see any sea creatures on this particular dive! I’ve heard there are some really cool ones out in the ocean though.

  • Claire
    October 1 2012

    Sounds like an amazing experience Alex, if a little scary at first. I’m quite new to scuba diving but there are so many places I’d love to visit and dive. Your blog is really inspiring. Stunning images too x
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    • Alex
      October 2 2012

      Claire thank you so much for the kind words! I really appreciate it — keep up the diving!

  • Ally
    November 19 2012

    this looks awesome!
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    • Alex
      November 19 2012

      It really was! Such an amazing experience.

  • Åsta
    January 8 2013

    Wow! The water looks amazing, so crazy clear! I have to go diving there one day! The pictures are beautiful, and it really makes me miss diving. And the drinking the water while diving part is fun, I have been really thirsty sometimes when diving, and wish I could do that :D!
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    • Alex
      January 10 2013

      It was one of my favorite parts of the experience! I hope you get here someday soon!

  • Kristie
    January 24 2013

    This post is amazing! Thanks for sharing! Where did you get certified? I would love to get into this sport!

    • Alex
      January 24 2013

      Kristie, thank you! I got certified in Koh Tao, Thailand, and later went on to work there. I have tons of posts about it — have a look around the site and email me if you have any questions!

  • Krista
    February 8 2013

    I did this when I was in Iceland in July of last year. Your story is the exact same story I tell about my experience! I’m so glad I did it, but will NEVER do it again. :)

    • Alex
      February 9 2013

      Ha Krista I feel ya. Some things you just need to be savor, tick off the list, and then relish in being done with!

  • Thor
    February 14 2013

    Wow. Just like wonderland right ?

  • Micah
    April 17 2013

    This post is so fun–the pictures are great! Can’t wait to get to Iceland this May! Hope SE Asia’s going great for you!

    • Alex
      April 17 2013

      Thanks Micah! I can’t wait to see photos from your trip to Iceland on Instagram… you guys will have so much fun!

  • Jess
    April 24 2013

    Hello! Beautiful blog and beautiful pictures. I having been wanting to dive for as long as I can remember, I am almost certain I will be signing up for a diving course this summer offered by my university. One concern I have is that just like you, I am very petite! I am 4’9. Would you be able to offer some insight on how this could affect my diving experience? Would I require more weights, making it harder for me to walk on land? And if a certain dive location has one standard size tanks I would imagine it would be difficult to swim with?
    I look forward to hearing from you :)

    • Alex
      April 25 2013

      Hey Jess! There are actually smaller tanks that are sometimes used for children or very petite adults, and you can always request those. I’m 5’1″ and I recently learned how to properly carry tanks. They actually aren’t as heavy as you might think, just awkward. But honestly, as a recreational diver you won’t have to worry about that much! Once your course is over staff will typically carry your gear for you and set it up and tear it down. Of course being tall and strong is an advantage in many physical activities, but I wouldn’t let it stand in your way here! Good luck Jess :)

  • Dive Wananavu Fiji
    August 13 2013

    Wow, great write up with some great pictures. A surprising amount of color! If you’re looking for more color and a wee bit more comfortable ocean temperature look us up in Fiji. Keep diving!
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    • Alex
      August 14 2013

      Fiji is definitely on my bucket list! I’ll let you know when I make it there!

  • Sarah_Diving
    October 1 2013

    I was planning to dive in Iceland, you gave me very crucial information, thanks for you, they are really beneficial for me.

    • Alex
      October 1 2013

      You’re welcome Sarah! Happy diving!

  • Sharron
    November 8 2013

    Hi Alex. Your photographs are amazing and it has been really interesting reading about your experience. We are visiting Iceland in February for a family weekend away and I had already decided to dive Silfra. I only have 7 dives so far and I’m not very good! But I’m taking the drysuit course in preparation. I’m really nervous and also very excited about this dive and reading about your experience has made me more determined. I’m not a natural and I know I will be the ‘Hysterical Lady Diver’ in the group, but what an exerience. Thank you for sharing.

    • Alex
      November 8 2013

      You’re welcome Sharron… and good luck! Despite my hundreds of dives I had never done a dry suit course so you will probably be more prepared than I was! You’re going to love it!

      • Sharron
        June 12 2014

        Hi Alex. I did it! And I wasn’t the ‘Hysterical Lady Diver’ that I thought I’d be. I did very nearly pull out though, I was really worried that something would go wrong. But it was truly amazing and I’m determined to go back again when I have more diving experience to appreciate it more. So my next dive adventure is the Maldives. I’ll be there for a week so will hopefully build my confidence and come home a much more confident diver. It’s so interesting reading about your travels, I hope to go to more of these places someday.

        • Alex
          June 13 2014

          Nice work Sharron! I’m so happy to hear you had a great experience! And the Maldives, nice — I’m envious! I’m sure that will be much more comfortable dive conditions and you’ll fall even more in love :)

  • Alvian Rahardjo
    February 18 2014

    Great post, Alex! all of those photos are so amazingly beautiful.
    where is you favorite diving spot in this planet?

    • Alex
      February 18 2014

      Wow, that’s a tough question :) The most beautiful sights I’ve seen underwater were definitely in the Philippines. But I’ve also had really special dives elsewhere like a night dive with manta rays in Hawaii!

  • Bob
    February 19 2014

    Just read your post about diving in Iceland. That must have been awesome!! I have actually just re-read you diving posts and the ones about the Cannon s100. After reading your post 6 months ago I purchased the Cannon S100, Ikelite case and a sea and sea strobe. I am leaving for Akumal Mexico for 11 days of diving for my 63rd birthday on Friday and will do the Blackbeard in September. I enjoy diving, having just learned two years ago. The class was a birthday gift from my wife for my 61st birthday… I only wish I had taken up this sport earlier in life. If my pictures turn out half as good as yours I will be happy…

    • Alex
      February 20 2014

      Hey Bob, sounds like you have some super exciting plans coming up — that’s awesome! Enjoy your diving, and good luck with the photography!

  • Ashley Hauck
    May 4 2014

    Beautiful photos! I’ve always wanted to dive Iceland. I especially love the green plants that look like silly string! We dive in drysuits year-round here in California, but the water is quite a bit warmer!
    Ashley Hauck recently posted..Back in Sun Diego: Solar-powered sea critters

    • Alex
      May 6 2014

      I didn’t love the drysuit experience, but I think I would feel a bit more confident after some more practice :) I am hoping to dive the kelp forests someday.

  • Alya
    May 27 2014

    Hi Alex! I’m a new reader of yours. I was directed from your Canon S100 post. I would like to know if you did any post-editing to those underwater pictures or used any dive filters because those pictures are gorgeous!

    • Alex
      May 28 2014

      Hey Alya! I put my camera on the underwater setting and I ALWAYS edit my underwater photos using Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop. They tend to need a clarity bump, some color correcting, and a little noise reduction to look the way I saw them through the lens :)

  • Maddy
    June 12 2014

    These photos are out of control gorgeous – this actually makes me want to go diving! (says the even wussier warm water wimp)
    Maddy recently posted..One Two Three | Travel Necessities

    • Alex
      June 13 2014

      You can also do it as a snorkel! But I guess that doesn’t help with the cold situation :)

  • Shermaine
    August 6 2014

    Hi! Is this diving trip recommended for beginners?

    • Alex
      August 8 2014

      Hi Shermaine, you should contact the dive companies to discuss your situation but I would think not. I found it difficult as an experienced diver because I had never been in a dry suit before. The good news is you can always snorkel, and you’ll get much of the same views!

  • Jason lewis
    November 20 2014

    Hi,
    Is it necessary to have a dive instructor with us because i think for snuba diving it does not matter. Or does it???
    Jason lewis recently posted..A Day at Coral World on St. Thomas, USVI

    • Alex
      November 20 2014

      Hey Jason, I’m not sure if SNUBA is available at Silfra (I’m assuming that wasn’t just a typo from scuba!). There is definitely snorkeling though which you might consider looking into!

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