If your idea of a diving holiday is sitting on a flash boat in the Red Sea, sipping Sakara and reading your Kindle then diving in Iceland won't be for you. But if you're up for a bit of adventure, diving in gin clear water and being treated really well and not just as another tourist, then diving in Iceland with Magmadive is a great experience.
I did 3 days diving with David and Selma- a couple of them in Silfra Gorge, another couple in Lake Kleifarvatn in the lava fields and one more in the Lake in the Þingvellir Park at a site called Daviðsgjá.
They pick you up in The Beast, a large pickup truck that has loads of room for you and the kit. A drive to the day's dive site with a coffee stop on the way, then David and Selma give you a briefing for the dive and get you in the water.
The dive at Silfra is stunning- a fissure filled with filtered glacial water that's so clear you could get vertigo looking down. It's cold- the water stays between 2°C and 4°C all year so it's proper drysuit diving. If you've never dived in a drysuit before then David will teach you how to use one before you get in at another dive site at Lake Kleifarvatn where it's shallow and the water is a much toastier 10°C. After the dive I got treated to the legendary hot chocolate and for lunch, some fabulous soup and homemade bread, just the thing to warm you up from the inside as even in August when I went, the Icelandic weather can be pretty chilly.
What's really nice about the Magamadive experience is the level of personal attention. You're not one of the hoardes arriving in a minibus to be churned through the dive. David and Selma go out of their way to give the personal touch that's missing from many companies. I felt really safe and well looked after, the kit was top notch and nothing seemed too much trouble. Thoroughly recommended.
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