Thursday, September 12, 2013

Iceland - Snorkeling in a Fissure

One of the cooler things we've ever done together was swim in the crack between two tectonic plates in Iceland. We had to wear thermal suits layered under dry suits before getting into the freezing glacial water, but the crystal clear views of 100m in distance and bright blue colored water was worth it. There were very few fish and it felt very lonely and barren, unlike the colorful scuba diving we're used to, but that's how Iceland felt in general. The crack in the earth went as deep as the eye could see. It was pretty mind boggling to imagine our bodies floating between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. We were so lucky to share the experience with our new friends from Canada, Jessica and Matt.

We have just one post left from Iceland, and it's a good one. Our last stop before heading to the airport was to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa!

- Julia

The first half of the photos were taken with our usual Nikon D800, and the last half (in the water) are from a GoPro and an old disposable underwater camera. I think you'll see a difference in the quality.

The Silfra fissure, where we went snorkeling.
It was a bit of a challenge to get into these bad boys.
Matt + Jessica
Julia + Yuriy
I can't feel my lips (or my face), but I'm in a fissure! Tra la la la la!
Can you tell who's who? Neither can I.