Scuba Diving in Iceland

I returned this week from a trip to France, with a multi-day layover in Reykjavik, Iceland. While there, I was able to dive once of the more unusual and best dive sites in the Northern Hemisphere, Silfra. The dive site is glacier fed stream formed by the separation of the North American and European tectonic plates. The two plates are separating at approximately 2-4 cm per year. Silfra flows onto Þingvallavatn lake, part of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Melting glacier water is filtered through volcanic rock for 30 years before draining into the stream, perfectly clear with no suspended particulate matter. The result is perfect visibility, 200’ or more. The dive itself is essentially a drift dive, where you spend 30-45 minutes slowly moving through the underwater canyon, marveling at the rock formations and incredible blue and green colors. The depths are open water diver friendly at around 60’.

This was my third scuba trip to Iceland, in the future I’ll write more about other interesting sites such as Strýtan , an underwater geothermal chimney in Northern Iceland. Next trip I hope to tour and dive the Westman Islands in the south.

Closer to Seattle, we have lots of interesting dive sites and beautiful marine life waiting to be seen. Check out our dive tours page and book your dive tour online today.



Diving Porteau Cove British Columbia Provincial Park

SCUBA Diving Porteau Cove sea blubberHere is a little bit about the Porteau Cove British Columbia dives from last week while I was up in British Columbia:

Dive One we just sort of went down the stairs and swam underwater to the artificial reef and poked around the tires and concrete stuff. Lots of shrimp, Dungeness crab, Decorator crab, and a shy Kelp Greenling. We looked around for an hour or so and headed back for a surface interval and to change cylinders.

Dive Two we did a surface swim out to the buoy marking the Granthall wreck, then dropped down the line. Viz opened up to 40′ below the algae layer on top. Lots of Plumose Anemone, Copper Rockfish, and some very large Lingcod. Also saw Moon jelly, Sea blubber, California Sea Cucumber plus another type that I haven’t seen before, and a single Orange Sea Pen.

Dive site is pretty shallow, don’t think we got below 50″ and the tide was going out. Both dives were lots of fun, I plan to go back soon and take some more pictures. Check out the photographs from this trip on the Porteau Cove, BC Facebook album.

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Scuba Diving British Columbia

Just quick check in. Spending a few days in Whistler, British Columbia with my good dive buddy Rob Kroll. “The Plan” is to head down during the day and dive Porteau Cove and Whytecliff Park. I’ll post some pictures and maybe a video next week, after the trip is finished. Thought I would post a fun video of the site from YouTube I found, Whytecliff Park Dive Site Vancouver British Columbia.

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Diving at Keystone Jetty

Painted Greenling seen at Keystone JettyOn May 22nd I went up to a beautiful dive site north of Seattle on Whidbey Island, called Keystone Jetty. Also along was my friend and PADI Assistant Scuba Diving Instructor, Ken Bell. Lots to see at this protected marine preserve, including Copper and Black Rockfish, Lingcod, Kelp Greenling, Painted Greenling, Kelp Crabs, and lots of Plumose Anemone.

Once we finished our dive, we headed up to Oak Harbor and some lunch at Seabolt’s Smokehouse for some Fish and Chips and then over to Whidbey Island Dive Center to chat with the owner and check out the vintage dive gear.

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