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In Iceland the boundary between North American and European continents runs through shallow water so you can dive or snorkel over the continental divide. Cutting through an ancient lava field the Silfra fissure is famous for providing excellent views of the intercontinental gap. Fed by glacial water filtered through lava and kept below 5°C by Iceland’s climate the water is crystal clear. With water this cold permits for getting in are only given to people who will be wearing drysuits, so it is a snorkel or dive with fins. Permits can be applied for online or at the information centre in Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. Alternatively swimmers can join organised snorkelling tours of the water with dry suits and permits taken care of by the organisers. Roger Taylor, the first person to swim an officially recognised Ice Mile in Iceland, said” Snorkelling in the Silfra fissure is like swimming through air, the water is so so clear. Its amazing to be able to touch two continents at the same time too, what a special world we live in.”


Contributed to wildswim.com by Susanne Masters
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