Trot, gallop, and tölt through a volcanic moonscape, then explore an underwater canyon between continental plates!
The ultimate Icelandic experince! On this popular tour, you will ride an Icelandic horse through the beautiful nature in the outskirts of Reykjavík as well as visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Thingvellir National Park. There you will snorkel in the crystal clear water of Silfra fissure, between the 2 continents of America and Europe.
9am - 5pm
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Small group experience
- Snorkeling between the tectonic plates
- Thingvellir National Park
- Horseback riding on an Icelandic horse
- Transfer to/from Reykjavík
- Guided horseback riding tour
- Certified PADI Diveguide / Divemaster
- All necessary snorkeling gear
- Silfra admission fee
- Guided snorkeling tour
- Hot chocolate and cookies
This tour is a combo tour with pick up from Reykjavik.
Pick up starts at 9am. Please be ready at your pick-up location at 9am and keep a look out for our guides and car. Note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
Your tour begins when you are picked up from your hotel in Reykjavík and driven to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site for your first adventure of the day. In the national park, lies Silfra fissure one of Iceland‘s otherwordly sites that is famous for its heavenly shades of blue. The crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you float down the lazy current. With more than 100 meters of visibility under the water, it is a sight not easily forgotten! The snorkeling is a relaxing but exotic trip in an unbelievably beautiful environment.
Horseback riding at the beautiful Laxnes farm will be your second adventure. From Silfra your guide will drive you directly to the farm for a 1.5-2 hour horseback riding adventure. The farm is located in the historic Mosfellsdalur valley, a home to wonderful Icelandic horses, green fields and geothermal energy. The Icelandic horse has gained notice worldwide for its extraordinary personality and the unique 4th gait tölt. Tölt is softer than most other gaits and an amazing experience to try.
After the riding tour your riding guide will drive you back to Reykjavik.
Age limit: 12 years old.
Weight limit: 45-120 kg
Height limit: 150 cm-190 cm
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.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing depending on the weather at the time, waterproof pants and jacket, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.
Note: Lunch is not included in the tour. We recommend you bring a sandwich or some snack to eat between the 2 activities.
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.
Yes, you can bring a camera, but if it is not waterproof it will get ruined, so we would recommend it is waterproof.
If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is at the Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National Park.
For 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 takes photos during the tour. If you are interested in photos please let your guide know before you go to the water. You can then buy the photos from your guide at the end of the tour, for a price of 3 900 ISK, which includes all the photos from that day. Kindly note that photos can not be guaranteed. Our customers safety and wellbeing is our first priority, and therefore it can happen that the guide have to focus on helping the snorkelers in the water instead of taking photos.
Unfortunately glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend to wear contact lenses instead.
You are not able to participate in the snorkeling tour if you are pregnant.
Some snorkeling 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 wont be in the water exactly at the same time
The minimum height is:
- 150 cm (4’9)
The minimum weight is:
- 45 kg (99 lbs)
The maximum height is:
- 200 cm (6’5)
The maximum weight is:
- 120 kg (265 lbs)
You need to know how to swim independently in order to enjoy this adventure.
All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkeling handbook.
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 of snorkeling, 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.
The idea behind the dry suit is that it should keep your body dry. We are using top quality dry suits from respected manufacturers. It can be good to know that where is always a small risk that water can enter the dry suit. This is not dangerous, but can feel a little cold. 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 undergarment and neoprene dry suits from Waterproof and 0’Three. We also provide neoprene hood and neoprene wet gloves to protect your head and hands from the cold. You will also be given fins, mask and snorkel.
It takes about 30-40 minutes to slowly swim through the whole Silfra fissure. Once we reach the exit point you can choose if you want to get out of the water, or if you want to swim around a bit longer.
Our client to guide ratio is one guide for every 6 snorkelers.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.