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Silfra Snorkeling & Whale Watching

Snorkeling in the Silfra Fissure & Whale Watching Tour

Join us on a fun whale-watching tour from Reykjavik. Then hit the road and swim the turquoise waters of the Silfra Fissure in the clearest water on earth!

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This amazing tour will take you to some of the most incredible aquatic landscapes in the land of fire and ice, beginning with a search in Faxaflói Bay to find some of the many whales that frequent Iceland’s seas, there is nothing quite like seeing these giants of the deep in the natural habitat.

After we head to Thingvellir National Park and jump in the crystal-clear waters of the iconic Silfra Fissure. A rugged fissure between the European and North American tectonic plates that is filled with glacial run-off, allowing for a visibility of around 100 meters. Snorkeling at Silfra Fissure has been rated one of the Top 5 activities in the world by Trip Advisor. This is the only place on earth where you can swim between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates!

  • Availability

    Feb. - Nov.

  • Duration

    6 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    12 years

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    28.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Whale Watching
Thingvellir National Park
Boat Ride
Silfra Fissure
Snorkelling
Expert Guides
Included
English Speaking Expert Guides
Warm Overalls for Whale Watching
Whale watching Boat tour
All Necessary Snorkeling Gear
Hot Chocolate & Cookies After Snorkeling
Silfra Admission Fee
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Whale Watching

Our day starts in the capital city where we will travel to Reykjavik’s rustic Old Harbour and onto a whale-watching boat that will take us on a search for some of the world’s largest and most impressive marine creatures. Each boat has been specially designed to offer visitors a comfortable, safe and enjoyable experience. They have expansive viewing decks that are ideal for spotting these majestic giants of the deep, alongside friendly guides who will tell you everything that you need to know about the various birds and marine species that you are seeing.

A range of different animals is seen on the tour, with the most common being Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises. We also occasionally see other iconic species such as Blue Whales and Orcas, alongside seabirds like arctic terns, puffins and many, many more. Seeing these amazing species in the flesh, as they play and frolic in the bay is fabulous and we guarantee that you will treasure the memory for the rest of your life.

The tour is operated by one of the most reputable companies in Iceland and they proudly follow the ‘IceWhale’ code of conduct, ensuring that the whales are always treated with the utmost respect. We recommend dressing up warm as the weather at sea can be unpredictable, although special suits are also available onboard. Finally, it is impossible to guarantee that we will see something, but our expertly trained staff will do everything they can to give us the best chance and we see things on the vast majority of our whale watching trips.

Snorkeling the Silfra Fissure

Our adventure begins in Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and plays host to the Silfra Fissure: a mesmerizing snorkeling and dive site that is consistently rated as one of the best in the world.

Upon arrival, one of our friendly guides will provide you with all the equipment that you need to swim in the chilly glacial waters, including a cozy drysuit that will keep you warm despite the freezing temperatures. The guide will also talk you through all the relevant safety information, ensuring that you are completely ready for the day’s delights.

Once we enter Silfra itself you will be greeted by an otherworldly waterscape dyed vibrant shades of blue, turquoise and emerald. The water is renowned for its stunning clarity, that gives underwater visibility of 100 meters or more, making it the clearest water in the world. This combined with its location between the European and North American tectonic plates, ensures that there is no better place to dive and snorkel. The craggy rocks at the bottom of the fissure are dotted with emerald plants, which dramatically enhance the beauty of everything. There is no place in the world like Silfra and snorkeling there is an awe-inspiring experience that will remain with you for the rest of your life.


Pick-up Information

Pick up is at 08:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


Prerequisites

Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim. You are unable to participate if you are pregnant, due to the small risk of cold water entering the suit.

Weight limit: 45-120 kg

Height limit: 150 cm -200 cm

Age Limit: 12 years old minimum. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian booked on the same tour.

English: It is important that you can both understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour.

Please read our snorkelling handbook.


How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.

 

How does carbon offsetting work?

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.

What is the best way to prepare for the tour?

All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkelling handbook.

Can I bring my camera on my snorkeling tour?

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.

Where is the meeting point for the snorkeling tours at Þingvellir?

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.

Do you offer photos from the snorkeling tour?

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.

Can I wear glasses during the snorkeling?

No. Unfortunately, glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend wearing contact lenses instead.

I am pregnant, can I participate in the snorkeling tour?

You are not able to participate in the snorkelling tour if you are pregnant.

Do I need to be able to understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour?

Yes, the tour is directed in English and therefore you need to be able to understand English to participate.

Can we do snorkeling and diving at the same time?

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.

What are the requirements for snorkeling in Silfra?

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)
Do I need to know how to swim?

Yes, you must be able to swim independently without a lifejacket, and you must be comfortable in the water.

What is snorkelling in Iceland like?

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.

Do I need previous experience to snorkel?

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.

What clothing should I wear?

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.

Will I stay dry in the water?

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.

What equipment do you provide?

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.

How many snorkelers will be on each tour?

Our client to guide ratio is one guide for every 6 snorkelers.

What is the temperature in Silfra Fissure?

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!

What kind of dry suits do you provide?

We use high quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three.

Are there toilet facilities in Silfra?

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.

Is there any life in Silfra?

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.

How deep is Silfra fissure?

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.

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