The tour starts with an amazing snorkeling adventure in Silfra. We’ll leisurely float in the glacier meltwater that has been filtered through lava for about 50 years before reaching the fissure. The crystal-clear water has roughly the same temperature year-round, meaning you can enjoy this great tour in all seasons.
The low temperature and remarkably clear water provide incomparable visibility to anywhere else in the world. The snorkeling tour takes you through the four main sections of Silfra, including Silfra Deep Crack, Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon. Countless shades of blue and green will take your breath away!
The Golden Circle part starts at 12:00. Discover Strokkur, Iceland’s most active hot spring that erupts once every 10 minutes. Strokkur is found in the Geysir Geothermal Area, where the famous Great Geysir has its home. Though Geysir is now dormant, ...)
The Golden Circle part starts at 12:00. Discover Strokkur, Iceland’s most active hot spring that erupts once every 10 minutes. Strokkur is found in the Geysir Geothermal Area, where the famous Great Geysir has its home. Though Geysir is now dormant, the area is still very active, with numerous smaller hot springs for visitors to enjoy.
We’ll also visit Þingvellir National Park, which holds a special place in the heart of every Icelander because of its historical significance. Þingvellir, which means “fields of assembly,” is where Iceland’s first parliament, Althingi, was held in 930 AD. Althingi is also the oldest running parliament in the world.
In addition, Þingvellir is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its unique geology. The national park is located in a rift valley created by the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates drifting apart.
The last stop is at the astonishing Gullfoss Waterfall. This double cascade is a sight to behold. The water flows all the way from Langjökull Glacier and gushes 32 m down into the rugged Gullfoss Canyon. Make sure your camera is ready at all times!
Pick-up will start at 08:30 am from your Reykjavik pick-up point. Please note, that the pick-up can take up to 30 minutes. Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list. Return time: You will return to Reykjavik around 18:00 pm approxima...)
Pick-up will start at 08:30 am from your Reykjavik pick-up point. Please note, that the pick-up can take up to 30 minutes.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
Return time: You will return to Reykjavik around 18:00 pm approximately.
Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim. You cannot participate if you are pregnant due to the small risk of cold water entering the suit. Medical condition: Please fill in the medical statement form in our Snorkeling Han...)
Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim. You cannot participate if you are pregnant due to the small risk of cold water entering the suit.
Medical condition: Please fill in the medical statement form in our Snorkeling Handbook before booking the tour. If you have any medical issues, you will need medical approval from a doctor.
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.
Silfra snorkel + Golden Circle tour- phenomenal!
Reviewed on March 15, 2020 by Carla F Review from TripAdvisor
Arctic adventures put on a spectacular tour. The first half was snorkelling the Silfra fissure with Halli - completely experienced and personable, he made everyone in our group feel at ease at all times, and just wanted us all to love the experience as much as he clearly does. The snorkel itself was out of this world - must do for anyone seeking a bit more of a thrill from what Iceland has to offer. The second half was visiting Gullfoss and Geysir with Rebecca - the handover between these two points was a little rushed, though not at the fault of either of our guides. Rebecca was kind enough to make an extra stop to visit some Icelandic horses - not on the schedule but a completely lover brief detour. Overall this company is extremely professional, friendly and efficient- the guides know their stuff and your safety is their utmost priority at all times. Highly recommend!
Snorkelling tour - simply amazing
Reviewed on March 11, 2020 by SophyP18 Review from TripAdvisor
You start by getting dressed in a warm suit and then proceed to getting your dry suit on. It is quite difficult and by no means is it comfortable and restrict movement quite a lot. Be warned - you are in all of this gear for quite a while and we were stood around in the snow so bring your hat and gloves whilst you are waiting. You are roughly waiting 45 minutes from suiting up before actually getting into the water. There is a system in the national park and guides are told when their slot is. Annoying, but this is to ensure that when you are in the water you see no one else apart from the other 5 that are in your group - a good system but means you are in the suit for a long time.
Getting in the water is not difficult and I didn't really notice the cold, you walk down the steps and are instantly buoyant so you do not need to worry about how you will swim. You check your snorkelling equipment and then get going. Our guide Kevin was amazing from start to finish. there is a small current so at one point you have to stay close to the rock but this is not much of a problem as long as you can kick your legs. Kevin spoke us through everything and was always on hand if you needed anything.
The water is very cold on your fingers and mine went numb within about 5 minutes but those first 5 minutes were tough, you soon learn not to move your fingers about as it lets even colder water into your gloves. Swimming with your hand behind your back is my best advice. I didn't feel it so much on my face because I was so amazed by what I was seeing below me and how amazing the visibility was.
I took a GoPro Hero Session but because the water was so cold I have about 15 minutes of footage, out of the 35/40 minutes you are there. We also bought the GoPro images from Arctic Adventure at the end of the session which was roughly £18 and there were some good ones but I would recommend taking a gopro, videoing the whole thing and then taking stills as you cannot click the on/off button much as your movement is restricted and your fingers will be incredibly cold by moving it all the time.
If you are thinking about booking this tour then absolutlely do it, this was our best day trip (combined tour with Golden Circle) that we did in Iceland! Whats better, they provide you with hot chocolate and biscuits at the end!
Such a great adventure! Don't even hesitate to book!
Reviewed on March 02, 2020 by Laura Solt From our post-trip system
I had such an amazing trip!! I did the snorkeling in the morning with the golden circle in the afternoon. Be prepared for a long day, but be prepared for the best adventure yet! The snorkeling was by far my favorite part of my entire Iceland trip. Yeah, you get a bit cold, but once you're in the water you are so excited you don't feel cold anymore. It is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen, and I highly recommend it! My tour guide was Carl and he was an absolute delight. Buy the photo package, you won't regret it! I read some reviews where others mentioned the golden circle portion was a bit rushed, and I miiiight have to agree a bit. Although, I had plenty of time to walk out, take pictures, enjoy the sights, and walk back. The bus guide at this part did make enough time to stop for us to pet some horses, so I'm not really complaining :)
Absolutely an amazing experience and tour!
Reviewed on February 27, 2020 by lsolt22 Review from TripAdvisor
I did the snorkeling and golden circle tour and it by far the most thrilling part of my trip to Iceland.
The snorkeling was first, in the morning, and it was snowing. Don't even worry about being cold--very honestly the coldest you'll be is waiting to get into the water and then only your lips are exposed and those go numb so you're fine! It's the most beautiful thing you'll see in the entire world. My tour guide was Carl and he was an absolute delight!
I do have to agree that the golden circle part almost felt rushed, but I was able to walk out and get pictures and enjoy the sights before going back. Our tour guide for this did also squeeze in time to stop and pet the horses, which I thought was very nice and I really enjoyed the quick stop!
It was an adventure packed day, but absolutely so amazing!
Reviewed on February 08, 2020 by elliskeith Review from TripAdvisor
We booked this as a golden circle tour including, Silfra, waterfall and Geyser.
The Snorkelling at Silfra was awesome, when you finish and realise you have swam between two tectonic plates, the North American and the Eurasian, known as the Mid-Atlantic ridge its just amazing feeling.
The guides are all amazing and helpful.
We would like to thank especially our guide Goran. He was very friendly, helpful and put some of us that were a bit nervous at ease.
Getting suited up can be difficult if you never done it but the guides help you through and check you over before you enter the water.
The water stings the parts of your face that are not covered at first but you soon get used to it. We left thermals on under our dry suit and I was actually sweating inside when I finished and was warm.
The guide takes photos all the way and you can get these of the website later.
Thank you Arctic Adventures and Goran, we had an amazing time with amazing memories.
Silfra and Golden Circle Tour
Reviewed on January 28, 2020 by ASfromKS Review from TripAdvisor
Excellent tour. Our guide called in sick but they found an excellent replacement that same day. He also stopped to let us see Icelandic horses at a friend's farm on the way. Snorkeling Silfra is a once in a lifetime experience and while it is VERY cold, it's beautiful. The bus that is used for transportation is very small and cramped but the tour is otherwise wonderful.
Reviewed on December 15, 2019 by Elizabeth Brady From our post-trip system
We had a wonderful tour. We went in early December. My friend and I are both 60+ and though we snorkel frequently we get a bit nervous about this one because of the temperature. The staff was fantastic they help us believe we could and so we Did! It was amazing. Next time we are taking grandkids!
Awesome Artic Adventure Golden Circle & Snorkeling Tour
Reviewed on November 26, 2018 by Margie Review from TripAdvisor
Absolutely loved this tour. Our tour guide Ollie was very informative & personable. Kept us on a tight time schedule so we could make the most of our daylight hours. I was easily the oldest person in our group (64 years old) but had no problem keeping up and thoroughly enjoyed snorkeling between the tectonic plates in 34 degree water. Breaking into small groups with individual guides (Vlad was excellent) really enhanced the experience. When we were done we enjoyed the camaraderie of this unique experience by sharing hot chocolate & cookies. I highly recommend this tour.
Golden Circle and Snorkeling Tour
Reviewed on June 25, 2018 by Cynthia Diogo From our post-trip system
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Reviewed on June 17, 2018 by HGPilot Review from TripAdvisor
If you go to Iceland you MUST do this tour - an easy 1 day tour that gives all the highlights of the Golden Circle but more importantly, gets you into the Silfra Fissure - an amazing experience.
Amazing tour guides!!!
Reviewed on April 01, 2018 by Kendra Review from TripAdvisor
I used arctic adventures for my tours in Iceland and I would highly recommend this company compared to others! All my tours were on time and we saw everything on the itinerary plus additional places because we had time! My tour guide for the golden circle and snorkeling tour was amazing! He was so knowledgeable, his name was Hjalti and he really could tell you some interesting information and was so helpful for the snorkeling tour! My other tour guide that was awesome was for our South Coast 2 day trip! I don’t remember the name but he was so kind and showed us some awesome views! The glacier walk and ice cave, the tour guide was Australian and she was so cool! She was wonderful. I loved my time in Iceland and this tour company is the way to go!!!
Golden circle with snorkelling at Silfra
Reviewed on November 21, 2017 by JS47food Review from TripAdvisor
We used Artic adventures for our golden circle tour and all in all was a very good day!
We were picked up promptly and began our journey as per the details on our ticket.
Our guide stopped en route for us to take photos of the sunrise, which was a nice touch.
We visited the waterfalls followed by the geysers - both absolutely amazing sights!! The waterfalls were bar far the coldest part of the entire trip!! The wind made it feel about -20 degrees!
The guide didn't really give much info on these sights and we were left to explore on our own- not the end of the world as there is literature at both places to give you all info you need, but this didn't feel like a 'guided tour'
The snorkelling was such an incredible experience- being between the two tectonic plates is pretty mind blowing! We were lucky as the weather was good on the day we visited; still and sunny, so the visibility under water was incredible.
The 'facilities' on site were very basic- you literally get changed in the back of a van, but the the lack of buildings means the site is really unspoiled. Our diving guide, Ron (?) was brilliant!! Perfect mix of professional, funny and informative- and clearly very passionate about snorkelling and diving!
After leaving the snorkelling site we stopped for one more photo opportunity at the ancient government site - a nice end to the tour.
The minibus was a really good standard; very clean,comfortable and with complimentary wifi.
All in all an amazing day and definitely a tour and company we would recommend!
Golden Circle tour & Snorkelling!
Reviewed on November 04, 2017 by spannerwingnut Review from TripAdvisor
We booked onto the Golden Circle tour with Snorkelling Silfra, it was a great day!
We got picked up in the morning from our designated bus stop we had agreed with Arctic Adventures, then taken to the main bus to join the rest of the group.
We drove for around an hour and a bit to the first stop at the Gullfoss waterfall, it was a rainy day but the views were very impressive and we had about 45min to explore the area, before heading off to the Geysir stop where we also grabbed some lunch (not provided but the cafe/restaurant had a wide selection)
Snorkelling was due to happen at 2pm so we arrived just about on time and began the process of getting everyone into their gear.
This took longer than expected but it can’t be avoided as the guides are extremely careful about making sure you are watertight!
You wear your own thermal layer, then a provided undersuit and then the provided drysuit, hood, gloves & mask. Shoes are built into the suit.
I was so apprehensive about the cold but it was actually fine. I swam with my hands on my back like we were told and my hands stayed fairly warm, your hands do get wet but just follow all the advice.
The views were incredible. So worth it and a brilliant experience! It was strange swimming and being dry but so much fun and felt safe and watched the whole time.
I would recommend this tour, i think we had an adequate amount of time at the two morning stops but you would have more time if not doing the snorkelling, as you won’t be on a time deadline!
Great snorkelling experience
Reviewed on June 20, 2017 by Dave Review from TripAdvisor
Had a great afternoon snorkelling with arctic adventures on the golden circle. Our guide was great and knew a lot about the area and it's significance. Highly recommended
Golden Circle and Snorkeling Silfra Fissure
Reviewed on May 29, 2017 by stjarren Review from TripAdvisor
Arctic Adventures is a reliable and fun touring company. When our snorkel portion was cancelled due to severe wind and rain, they worked with us to reschedule. The drivers and snorkel guides were friendly, informative, and super helpful! Putting on those teddy bear suits and wet suits is no trivial task. But it was totally worth it to experience snorkeling between 2 tectonic plates! The suits kept us absolutely buoyant and comfortable in the 34 degree Fahrenheit water. I was pleasantly surprised by the clarity of the water and brightness of the blues and greens. Top notch guides all around!
Snorkeling Silfra / Golden Circle Tour - a memorable day!
Reviewed on April 25, 2017 by Alexa19jm Review from TripAdvisor
A friend of mine and I embarked on the Silfra Snorkeling / Golden Circle Tour on Sunday, April 16th. We were picked up on time by our guide for the day, Victor. During the pick-ups we ran a bit behind due to a small fender bender in which a big bus turned into Victor's van. He maintained his positive attitude and didn't let this minor incident affect the trip, and we made up time along the way to get us back onto schedule, but also didn't compromise so he asked if any of us had any evening tours planned, so if we got back a bit later if everyone was amicable to that plan.
After the pick-ups and fairly reasonable drive, we stopped at a lovely bakery and a restroom stop. We were all quickly in and out and moved on. We first stopped at the Gullfoss Waterfall and dropped off in the upper parking lot and Victor instructed our group how long we had at the stop and where to meet him at the bottom of the stairs in the parking lot. We had ample time to enjoy the falls in the upper area and lower area of the lookout points (again, another restroom stop if needed, but I believe these were "paid" restrooms).
We then had a short drive (maybe 15 minutes) to the next stop which was the Geysers. Again, Victor gave us clear instructions on timing and meeting point. We had about 45min-1hr at this stop. The Geyers were across the street and it was fun to walk around and see the geyers and activity taking place. There was a building by the drop off point with shopping, food, and "free" restrooms. Again, we had plenty of time at this location to enjoy the Geyers.
Next stop was Thingvellir National Park to start our Sifa Snorkeling preparation. We stopped off in a parking area with lots of vans and snorkeling equipment. Remember to use the restroom there before you get into your gear!!! Our lead at the Snorkling part of the tour was Neil and 2 other staff members from the Arctic Adventures team. Our group had about 7 women, and had the help of 3 staff. It was quite the process to get suited up, but the staff of Arctic Adventures from this part of the tour were so patient, thorough, and helpful. They tried to make you as comfortable and "sealed from the elements" as possible. They certainly made this process as fun and comic as they could, and we all had a good laugh at ourselves. They went through some safety points and tips for us to make our snorkeling experience fun!
Once we were all suited up ready to go, we all walked together to the starting point with our flippers, mask, and snorkel in hand. As we starting getting set, the staff helped all of us by putting on our flippers, and assisted with our snorkels and masks.
Once in the water, the buoyancy of the suits made snorkeling a breeze. The water was so peaceful, the colours so bold, and the clarity was unbelievable. Don't forget to take a drink of the water! We slowly floated along, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was one of the last ones out of the water at the end of the tour. I had so much fun that I could have stayed all day. They only thing, was that I wish our leader, Neil could have led our group to point out some of the sites while we were in the water rather than just explained on land before we got in the water. As we were snorkeling, I couldn't figure out the spot where we could touch both continents. However, this was of no fault of Neil because one of our group members was struggling so much that she needed his full attention the whole way, and they ended up behind the rest of our group. This person should have not signed up for the tour.
Once out the water, it was a chilly walk back, but the equipment also seemed heavier while walking back, but I just took my time along the way. It certainly wasn't as bad as what I've read in this forum, but this could have been that we had a good day of weather at +5 degrees outside or just other experiences I've had. I didn't have any leaks in my suit, so maybe that was part of it as well.
Back at the parking area where we got our equipment off, the staff from Arctic Adventures helped pry us all out of our dry-suits and again, offered a great sense of humor and fun with hot chocolate and cookies. We had time to put the rest of our layers back on use the restroom and be on our way,
As we starting driving back, we stopped at a picturesque waterfall and short paved hiking trail within Thingvellir National Park. We walked up the paved pathway, took in the stunning views and met Victor up at the top of the path in the parking lot,.
We had a quiet drive back into Reykjavik, and dropped off all of the travelers and got back to our hotel at approx. 6:30pm - 7pm.
Overall we had a wonderful time, and was one of the most memorable experiences we had in Iceland.
I would highly recommend this tour. Don't forget your hat and mitts, especially after the snorkeling :)
Golden Circle and Silfra Snorkeling Tour
Reviewed on April 19, 2017 by Anthony Review from TripAdvisor
Great day with an excellent guide. Gilli was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. The snorkeling team was excellent as well. Equipment and dry suits were good quality. The Silfra snorkeling was the highlight of the trip. It is an otherworldly experience and a must do in Iceland. You will be cold, but it's worth it.
Snorkeling is a must!
Reviewed on March 21, 2017 by LAAsh Review from TripAdvisor
We took the Golden Circle & Snorkeling Tour and it was the best day! We were picked up on time and were pleasantly surprised that there were only 5 people in our group total (and we made up 60% of that total). Inga was our tour guide and she was wonderful. She told us a little bit about each location before we were free to explore it on our own. At Geysir, we had the perfect amount of time to watch the eruptions and then eat in the cafe. We had the perfect amount of time at Gullfoss as well. The real highlight was the snorkeling at Silfra. I'm not sure if the guys who helped us get set-up for snorkeling are part of Arctic Adventures or not but they were excellent! This is a must-do if you are going to Iceland. After snorkeling, we went to the most gorgeous part of Thingvellir, where we could overlook all the beauty and walk between the continental plates. The tour was expensive but it was worth it. Even though we got picked up at the bus station since we were staying at an Airbnb and not one of the hotel options, Inga dropped us off at our Airbnb upon return. She also gave us a handwritten list of restaurant suggestions in Reykjavik and other things to do. We went to one of the restaurants (Rok) and it was very good! Thanks Inga and Arctic Adventures for a beautiful day!
Reviewed on March 20, 2017 by StrideRight Review from TripAdvisor
My husband and I did the Golden Circle and Snorkeling Tour and loved it. Our tour guide was very nice and helpful, we spent the perfect amount of time at each location. We don't normally do organized tours as we like to do things on our own but for times sake we chose to do this tour and it was a good choice. The snorkeling portion of our tour was fantastic. My expectation for the clear, blue water was far exceeded. Our guides were very helpful and friendly. It was truly something you can only do in Iceland. I would say that this may not be the activity for everyone. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for someone who isn't a strong swimmer, not that it is physically challenging but once you have all the equipment (dry suit, mask, etc) it can become very claustrophobic so being comfortable in the water definitely helps.
Reviewed on March 12, 2017 by Sinead Review from TripAdvisor
My boyfriend and I went on the Golden Circle and snorkelling tour and had a fantastic day! Our tour guide was brilliant and it was great being on a mini bus as we got to speak to lots of cool travellers! Snorkelling in Silfra was a once in a lifetime experience so definitely worth the extra money to do it!
Reviewed on March 02, 2017 by zibuyuxiaochi Review from TripAdvisor
The golden circle is very beautiful! We also had great snorkeling experience. The guide is experienced and patient. Highly recommended!
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 super 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.
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.
Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral. View Golden Circle Tours.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and make the most of your day. Here is a list of some great tours.
All year-around options: