Garður is a small fishing village on Reykjanes peninsula, a 60 minutes drive from Reykjavik. This dive site is located on the most Westerly point of Iceland, and there is an abundance of marine life!
We start our diving in Garður in the sleepy harbor and slowly make our way out towards deeper water. The ocean here is very rich in species and this dive is sure to give great opportunities of getting up close and personal with the inhabitants.
In the really shallow water you will see more crabs than you can count. Further out the sand there are plenty of flatfish like flounder, skate and stingrays. While diving in the blue water you could run into a turf of cod and haddock as well as the odd white-beaked dolphins and killer whales. On the way back to the shallows you are very likely to swim in to one of the stars of Garður, the Atlantic Wolffish! Many wolffish have made Garður their home, and you can see them both sitting in their holes and swimming around.
The Macro life here is also very good. Several types of cold water nudibranch can be found, along with little shrimps, and crabs of all different size.
It is not only fish and other marine animals that make up the divergent underwater community. There are 42 known species of marine algae and cold water soft corals in the area, providing nutrition to the occupants as well as being a large part of making the diverse underwater scenery. The variety in colors and shapes are phenomenal and contributes to a very interesting dive.
The maximum depth we reach is around 20 meters, but most of the dive is spent at a shallower depth. The visibility ranges from 3 – 12 meters depending on the season, tide and weather. Water temperature goes from +1 degree C in the winter to +10 degree C in the summer.
Garður is a great diving spot that can be highly recommended for the experienced dry suit diver.
On this tour, we usually see a lot of marine life. It depends a bit on the time of year, but the kelp forest offers a great habitat for wolf fish, scorpion fish, different types of nudibranchs and crustaceans, plenty of different species of flatfish, monk fish and far more.
You can take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Course on this tour and learn more about the marine life in the North Atlantic. The other PADI Specialty Courses you can take on this tour are the PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course or the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Course.
Note that ocean dives in Iceland depend on the weather and it can happen that scheduled ocean dive trips have to be cancelled due to unfortunate weather conditions.
If that is the case we usually have a plan B and can offer you other dive sites, such as Bjarnagja, Kleifarvatn or Silfra which do not depend on the weather quite so much.
As with all of our tours, we will pick you up at your hotel in the Reykjavik area and drop you back afterwards. we also offer you some light snacks during the break between dives. The pick up time of this tour depends on the tides. We usually want to end our second dive around the peak of the high tide.
Prerequisites: Scuba Dive Certification (PADI Open Water or equivalent), must be physically fit / able to swim.
Please read our Diving Handbook for more information about the tour!