See what it's like to swim between two continents
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 4:24 PM - It’s a goal that has a spot on many bucket lists.
The dream of being in two places at once isn’t limited to adventurers, though a team of divers have added some depth to the experience.
Heleen Graauw of Wethorse Productions donned her camera and wetsuit and dove with her team at Iceland’s Silfra Tectonic Fissure, a legendary freshwater rift that places divers within touching distance of two continents at the same time.
The deep rift where two colossal tectonic plates continue to slowly drift causes an earthquake every ten years, all while creating the illusion that “earth is ripping apart. Graauw mentions that though she was within touching distance of two continents, divers are encouraged not to touch the rocks because they move.
”[It’s an] amazing place, one of the best places I have ever been diving,” Graauw said of her experience on the dive.
Graauw began diving in 2003, filming her experiences with a small camera. Today, she’s a full-fledged cave diver, filming and venturing mostly in the Netherlands while occasionally venturing to caves in Mexico and France.
”[Silfra had] very clear fresh water, and it was very special to dive between the continents. The water was so clear that it was like flying in the air,” she said of her experience in Iceland.
Graauw added that the water was a frigid 2 C, and she didn’t encounter any marine wildlife on her dive.
But ultimately, the highlight of the experience was the stunning clarity of the water. The cave diver said that unlike her previous dives in France and Mexico, she didn’t have to use her usual lighting gear because the water was so bright and clear.