Depart with your guide from Skalakot. Today you will drive to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO), Iceland’s greatest historical site and another jewel of nature. It is the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the N. American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, Almannagja gorge. Walk along the ridge to Oxararfoss waterfall before the day’s activity.
You will go to Silfra lagoon, which offers up to 100 meters of underwater visibility and is located on top of the separation between the tectonic plates of Europe and America. Silfra is a dive and snorkelling site where even the best underwater photographs cannot give true justice to the real experience of being suspended in its clear waters.
Upon arrival an expert guide will give you a dry suit and snorekling equipment, the use of which will be explained and ensured that you will be warm and comfortable during your tour of Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon. During the experience you will discover the four main parts of Silfra; including Silfra’s narrowest section and the location where the continental plates are so close you can almost touch them. The fissure widens into Silfra Hall, where full spectrum of colors and clarity become all the more apparent. At this point if you look at just the right angle you can see all the way to Thingvallavatn, over 150m away. Near to the opening to Thingvallavatn you can enter the Silfra Cathedral; as the depth reaches 23m you will feel like you are flying.
In the afternoon you will drive to a glacier riverbank where your host for the evening will meet you and transfer you on a small motor boat over to his private island for an exclusive dinner and overnight experience. The island is a place of stunning beauty, untouched by modern development. The electricity comes from a windmill. The owner collects rainwater, and food comes primarily from the island. Herbs and vegetables are grown in his gardens and you will have an opportunity to experience a traditional way of catching wild salmon in the river, using a net.
The owner and his sheepdog will welcome you to the island where he spent his summers while growing up and is now following his dream to maintain a sustainable and ecofriendly space. Check the nets and take in the catch of the day, perhaps some trout or salmon. Learn about the life and history of the island and its surroundings. A bonfire will be lit and wooden coals prepared for the grill. Together you will enjoy a three-course meal which includes catch of the day and homegrown herbs and vegetables. Sharing stories by the fire is a great way to end the day. Prepare for a refreshing sleep in the serene stillness of the island in cozy yurts.