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Beautiful video of snorkelling in crystal clear waters in lava fissure in Þingvellir national park

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  • Diving between the continents As the Eurasian and American tectonic plates drift apart they have created fissures in the lava fields of Þingvellir national park. Silfra is one of these. Photo/Screenshot from video, see below. 

A video posted to YouTube by an English traveller and video producer Ludovic Farine gives a glimpse of what it looks like to snorkel in the deep lava fissures of Þingvellir national park.

The deep and frequently dramatic lava fissures are one of the things which give Þingvellir national park its captivating beauty. The fissures offer a striking contrast between the delicate and fragile plant life and the most dramatic forces of nature, as the fissures are formed as the European and American tectonic plates drift away from one another.

One of the best known fissures in Þingvellir is Silfra, which is filled with ice cold water which has been filtered crystal clear by the lava field. All of this makes Silfra a stunning diving spot, visited by thousands of travellers every year.

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