Diving in Iceland, June 2009

It seems to everyone that I travel a lot. I guess I do compared to most people, but I enjoy traveling, seeing new places, new people, and old friends about as much as I enjoy anything. It’s usually part of my job anyway. So, with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit a place I’ve never been and may not have much reason or opportunity to visit again plus do some scuba diving, I couldn’t pass it up.

That’s right, in June 2009, I will visit Iceland and willfully plunge into the +2 C water that is the clearest body of water in the world. The reasons it is so clear have something to do with the fact that the water is the runoff from melting glaciers, filtered by volcanic rocks, and is very, very cold. It supports no wildlife (another reason it’s so clear/clean). Rumor has it that visibility is over 300 feet–that is something I really do have to see to believe.

The trip is being arranged by my friend Mogens Nørgaard who may very well be completely crazy. If you ever get a chance to meet and engage in conversation with him (a.k.a. “Moans Nogood”), do it. You won’t regret it, guaranteed.

The trip is highlighted on DIVE.is, Iceland’s (probably only) dive shop website. Oh, I forgot to mention that the lake bottom is where two tectonic plates (the North American and Eurasian plates, to be precise) meet up (!), so you’re essentially diving on or in one of the continental divides.

Of course, I’m very excited about this trip and hope that Ice, land can continue to function as their economic issues seem to be a little worse than everyone else’s. In the small world department, I have made contact with an Iceland native that I worked with back at Tandem (acquired by Compaq -> HP) in the late 90s. Hopefully, I can meet up with Leifur while I’m in the country. There are only about 300,000 people in the whole country, so he shouldn’t be *that* hard to find. On the other hand, it is possible that Leifur is like “John” is in the US. We’ll see.

  • Gunnar

    I need to correct you here, you say ” It supports no wildlife (another reason it’s so clear/clean)”. That is actually wrong. The lake is one of the better trout-fishing lakes in Iceland, with more types of trout than any other icelandic lake. The lake is home to the largest trout found in Iceland: http://www.veidi.is/public/100-0030_IMG%20(Medi
    Regards,
    -G

  • http://www.dannorris.com/ Dan Norris

    Gunnar,

    I'm glad to hear it! Thanks for the update. I guess some incorrect information combined with lots of pictures that didn't include any fish led me to a bad conclusion. I look forward to meeting you in June and seeing some trout too. Knowing that there are fish in there makes it even more amazing that it is so clear!

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    What kind of suit will you be diving in?

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    What kind of suit will you be diving in?