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Welcome to the Place Where North America and Europe Meet

North America and Europe meet

Join divers as they swim in the place where North America and Europe meet. This space is an incredibly clear, cold and diverse environment.

Divers swim in the space between North America and Europe. This location, between the continents, is located in Iceland’s Thingvellir Lake. The Silfra fissure is the name of the crack between the two continents.

It is the only spot in the world where you can swim between two continental plates.

According to the video the two continents drift apart by around two centimeters every year.

The area is quite diverse geographically as well, being “riddled faults, valleys, volcanoes and hot springs.” Some of the valleys are up to 200 feet deep.

The water there is also remarkably clear, with over 100 meters of visibility. One reason the water is so clear is that it is filtered through porous underground lava for 30 to 100 years before it reaches the canyon.

Diving requires a wetsuit, as the water is also quite cold at two to four degrees centigrade.

Alex Mustard dived and photographed the canyon, capturing some amazing images. He said,

The photos show diving in the unique underwater world of Iceland which, like on land, is formed by the volcanic landscape of the country. Many people visit Iceland to see these features on land but they also continue underwater.

For a scuba diver these are spectacular places to visit – being able to fly through the clear water and explore the fault lines in three dimensions. I have dived all around the world and this is almost certainly the clearest water I have ever been in. Many people have an experience of vertigo from the sheer walls and clear water.

The Silfra fissure is in Thingvellir National Park and is protected by the park’s regulations. Regulations require that divers enter the water with a local guide. Most dive companies offer tours from May through September.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by David Smith at his facebook page, Stumpjack Outdoors.


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Welcome to the Place Where North America and Europe Meet