Regulation by the Icelandic Transport Authority on diving and snorkelling in Thingvellir National Park has been strengthened and safety measures enhanced.
At recent meetings with representatives from Thingvellir National Park, the Icelandic Transport Authority and the Ministry of Environment, dive operators utilising Silfra were introduced to new safety rules for divers and snorkelers. The regulation was met with mutual consensus and understanding by the dive operators. The regulation is effective from Monday 13th March 2017.
The main emphasis of the enhanced safety measures are fewer divers/snorkelers per dive guide. Divers are required to have a dry suite certificate or 10 registered dry suit dives in the last two years. The proof of the latter must be a written confirmation by an instructor affiliated with an internationally recognized diving organization. Dive operators will require medical information for their guests and wet suit diving is now prohibited. Future work will include access control to the Silfra dive site.
Thingvellir National Park, the Icelandic Transport Authority and the dive operators operating in Silfra will continue to work together to enhance the safety of divers and snorkelers in Silfra.