Cornwall freedivers dive Iceland
Cornwall-based freediving club and school, FreediveUK, recently returned from a three-day adventure to Iceland where they teamed up with some local Icelandic freedivers to explore the stunning waters Iceland has to offer.
The first day was spent diving the Silfra - a 30m-deep crack in the land created by the parting of the American and European tectonic plates. This mineral water filled crack has visibility of over 100 metres and at a chilling 2 degrees centigrade provides for a one-of-a-kind dive, which at points was narrow enough to allow you to be touching both continents!
The Silfra boasts superb visibility
FreediveUK club member Al Scarlett said: “It was incredible to have the opportunity to dive in spots that so few freedivers have dived before, and it was a crazy experience getting into the water when you were surrounded by snow capped mountains!”
The second day was spent diving another crack created by an earthquake that was filled with half sea water and half spring water, and had been used in the past to farm cod... there were even the bones of a whale at the bottom! They also had the opportunity to go for a dive off a harbour, collecting mussels the size of a hand.
The team wrapped up warm when out of the water
FreediveUK instructor Ian Donald said: “Iceland was an unforgettable experience - the combination of crystal clear water, dramatic scenery above and below the surface and not to mention the freezing cold temperatures made for dives that will never be forgotten. I have to say I will certainly not be complaining about how cold the water is here in Cornwall any time soon!’
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