(Wonderful video taken by Shane Wasik of Basking Shark Scotland)
Silfra in the Thingvellir National Park, in Iceland? I had heard rumours of its beauty, seen pictures of its stunning clarity...but surly those pictures were photo shopped weren't they??? Well i was about to find out for myself. I had booked a trip to Iceland through my good friend Shane Wasik of Basking Shark Scotland - you will remember that previously i have been on his basking shark swim trips and have never come away disappointed and so i embarked on another swimmy adventure under the wing of Shane and his crew.
Silfra has been referred to in many ways, my favourite being 'liquid meditation', hard to imagine meditating in 2 degree water but that is exactly what happened, the calm stillness of the water leads to gently on its current into a trance like state where you forget all troubles and worries, you swim, float, snorkel or dive into a piece of heaven. Formed by earthquakes, you swim or dive between two continental plates, North American and Eruasian, lava fissure that will take your breath and leave you spell bound, you can literally at times touch both sides!
Driving towards the national park, the landscape gives not a hint of the beauty that you are about to experience, it hides its glory amongst the splendour of the height of the mountains that surround it. As tempted as you may be to stride out and attempt to get to the top, the terrain is unforgiving at best, brutal at worst. The lack of visual wildlife an indicator of its harshness to the breathing form. The tarmacked roads pay tribute to the evolution of the landscape and man,s intrusion into its rolling forms, there are two main roads in Iceland, aptly named road 1 and road 2, occasionally tributary roads have been formed but these tend to be in the form of tracks and are not currently designed for driver comfort as you bounce along hearing stones reek havoc on the undercarriage of your vehicle.
Wetsuit donned a few were going in skins only, a smaller group of us headed back in...this really was truly amazing, the rest of the lake a vast expanse before us, steam literally coming out of the mountains at one end and the most amazing silence you will ever have 'not' heard. Silfra is a peaceful venue to swim in or even walk around.
The geology underneath was as fascinating as that of above and surrounding!