Trot, gallop, and tölt through a volcanic moonscape, then explore an underwater canyon between continental plates!
The ultimate Icelandic experience! 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 two tectonic plates. Snorkeling at Silfra Fissure has been rated one of the Top 5 activities in the world by Trip Advisor!
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Snorkeling Between the Tectonic Plates
- Thingvellir National Park
- Horseback Riding on an Icelandic Horse
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- Guided Horseback Riding Tour
- Certified PADI Diveguide / Divemaster
- All Necessary Snorkeling Gear
- All Required Safety Equipment
- Silfra Admission Fee
- Guided Snorkeling Tour
- Hot Chocolate & Cookies
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
This tour is a combo tour with pick-up from Reykjavik.
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.
Pick-up starts at 08:30 am. Please be ready at your pick-up location at the given time and keep a lookout 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.
You will return to Reykjavík around 17:00 pm approximately.
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.
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.
The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.
Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkelling handbook.
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
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)
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.