Spend the whole day beneath the surface with our expert guides. We visit a historic lava-tube for caving and then head to Thingvellir National park to go snorkeling. Suitable for those in a good physical condition.
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Black and Blue tour
Pick up was from BSI bus terminal and a not unreasonable time of 8am. Bear in mind that they allow half an hour for pick up but there’s somewhere warm to stay and look out from. It’s a small bus for about 20 people and you drive to the lava tunnel first. They give you a hat with a torch and crampons to wear. It’s not too slippery and there were all levels of people doing it, so don’t be afraid. They only take you into the tunnel a short while on this tour but you get to a part where there is no day light access and they offer the opportunity to show you what complete darkness looks like. You can say no, don’t be afraid to. But it is an experience like no other so if you can, give it a try. You stop for lunch at a cafe. Lovely coffee and breads and soups. Reasonable prices but you can bring your own lunch. Then the trip up to the silfra in Þingvellir national park. Absolutely stunning. You strip down to your base layers and socks, They give you a down suit (which is super super warm) and then the wet suit over the top. (That’s fun to get on...) Then they give you a hood/gloves and put elastic bands around your wrists and a ‘choker’ over your neck, to make sure you stay dry! It could leak but it’s very very unlikely...
This caving and snorkeling tour gives you an opportunity to experience Iceland from a new angle.
Pick up starts at 9:00 am from your authorized pick up points in Reykjavik. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
After we pick you up from Reykjavík we start with the black part of the tour by exploring a lava tube cave close to Reykjavík. This adventure gives you a great insight of the volcanic activities that have formed Iceland. Depending on the season we go either to Leiðarendi Cave or Gjábakkahellir, both caves are typical lava tubes that display the characterizing features that are common for this type of caves.
After we finish the caving, you will have a chance to grab some lunch between the two activities.
We will drive to Þingvellir National Park where Silfra fissure is found. Here we get ready to explore the blue by putting on a dry suit and other snorkeling gear needed. Your guide leads you through the marvels of this crystal clear water wonderland that is considered to be one of the best freshwater snorkeling places in the world.
Must be 12 years or older. Guardian´s approval needed for minors under 18. Weight limit: 45-120kg. Height limit: 150cm – 200cm. Must be able to swim. Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list. Need glasses?You will be wearing a snork...)
Must be 12 years or older. Guardian´s approval needed for minors under 18. Weight limit: 45-120kg. Height limit: 150cm – 200cm. Must be able to swim.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
You will be wearing a snorkeling mask while in the water and you won’t be able to wear your glasses underneath. So unless you are bringing your own prescription mask we recommend that you acquire contact lenses for your snorkeling tour.
Photo or it didn’t happen?
We offer every snorkeler the opportunity of having their picture taken whilst enjoying the wonders of Silfra. You can purchase the photos from the tour on site for 3900 ISK. We accept cards and cash.
You need to be able to swim independently in order to enjoy this adventure
Remember to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, gloves, warm long underwear (fleece/wool), warm socks, a change of clothing (just in case).
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from location.
This is a combo tour and it is not an option to meet us on location. Due to guide/customer ratio limitations and Þingvellir National Park regulations this tour sells out frequently, we recommend you book this tour well in advance.)
This is a combo tour and it is not an option to meet us on location.
Due to guide/customer ratio limitations and Þingvellir National Park regulations this tour sells out frequently, we recommend you book this tour well in advance.
Yes, you can bring a camera, but we recommend to have a waterproof one if you want to have it in the water with you.
If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is at the Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National Park.
GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W
Note that the National Park charges a small parking fee of 500 ISK.
We kindly ask you to be at the Silfra car park 15 Minutes prior to your tour starts.
Our guides normally have an underwater camera and usually, take photos during the tour. If you are interested in photos please let your guide know before you go into the water.
You can then buy the photos from your guide at the end of the tour, for a price of 2990 ISK, which includes all the photos from that day. Kindly note that photos cannot be guaranteed. Our customer’s safety and wellbeing is our first priority, and therefore the guide will focus on snorkelers as a priority when in the water and will be taking photos when everyone is comfortable.
No. Unfortunately, glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend wearing contact lenses instead.
You are not able to participate in the snorkelling tour if you are pregnant.
Yes, the tour is directed in English and therefore you need to be able to understand English to participate.
Some snorkelling tours match with a dive tour, and then you will be in the same area at the same time. You will, however, be in separate groups with separate guides, and won’t be in the water exactly at the same time.
You need to be more than 12 years old. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian booked on the same tour.
You need to know how to swim independently. Because of the dry suit sizes, there are height-weight limitations. The minimum height is 150 cm, and the minimum weight is 45 kg. The maximum height is 200 cm, and the maximum weight is 120 kg.
All participants must have read and followed directions in the Snorkeling in Silfra Handbook
Yes, you must be able to swim independently without a lifejacket, and you must be comfortable in the water.
When snorkelling in Iceland you will be wearing a dry suit, hood and gloves made of neoprene, along with fins, mask and snorkel. This equipment will make it not only possible but also very enjoyable, to stay in the water despite the low temperature. It is a fantastic experience.
No, you don’t need any previous experience to snorkel, but it is important that you can swim independently and that you are comfortable in the water.
Please wear or bring some long underwear and some warm socks. Wool or fleece is the best material to wear. You will be wearing your long underwear and warm socks under the dry suit.
We provide dry suits so that your body stays dry, and you will also wear undergarments to keep you warm. We use high-quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three. But it is good to know that there is always a small risk that water can enter the dry suit. This is not dangerous but can feel a little cold, so we recommend you bring a spare set of clothes and a towel, just in case. Kindly note that your hands and face will get wet, which is completely normal and not actually that cold.
We provide an undergarment and neoprene dry suit from Waterproof and 0’Three. We also provide a neoprene hood and neoprene wet gloves to protect your head and hands from the cold. You will also be given fins, mask and snorkel.
Our client to guide ratio is one guide for every 6 snorkelers.
The water temperature is 2-4 degrees C (35-37 degrees F) all year round. The water comes from the Langjökull glacier which keeps it nice and cool, and very refreshing!
We use high quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three.
Yes, there are 2 toilet facilities at Silfra. However, we don’t recommend that you use them for changing, as it can result in long queues.
Sometimes fish venture into Silfra from Þingvallavatn lake, but they will quickly swim back, as they don’t like chilly glacier waters. However, there is plenty of colorful seaweed, including a bright green variety known as “troll hair”, which makes the fissure unlike anything on the surface.
The cave systems in Silfra can be up to 60 m deep. However, your dive in Silfra will be from about 7 to 12 m, and the maximum diving depth that is permitted is 18 m.