Watch: This Is What It’s Like to Glide Between Two Continents in Iceland’s Silfra Fissure

by Owen James Burke

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Screenshot from Hashem Al-Ghaili’s video.

Silfra fissure, in Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park holds some of the clearest, cleanest water on the face of the earth. It’s also where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet, but not for much longer, relatively speaking.

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Screenshot from Hashem Al-Ghaili’s video.

The Silfra fissure is diverging at a rate of about 2 centimeters per year, but there are still parts of the fissure where you can place your palms on both continental plates, for now.

Recently, a 13-year-old girl became the first “child” to dive the fissure, which is considered a moderately technical dive, and generally deemed too dangerous for minors, regardless of their certification level.

You too can dive the fissure if you happen to find yourself in Iceland, but be wise and take the right gear, and a guide–water temperatures range from just 2°-4°c (36°-39°f).

This video of the fissure–the best I’ve seen to date–was recently posted to scientist Hashem Al-Ghaili’s Facebook page. Watch below. —OJB

Silfra fissure, IcelandDiving between two continents, Iceland.

Posted by Hashem Al-Ghaili on Saturday, 12 December 2015

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