The Golden Circle is home to one of the most fascinating underwater sites in the world. Jump in and see for yourself!
Golden Circle tour and snorkeling in Silfra fissure is a fantastic way to spend your day in Iceland. A small group sightseeing tour and an easy snorkeling in magnificent surroundings. A complete combo tour; stunning natural beauty, historical significance, geological wonders, an amazing snorkeling experience, and great adventure!
9:30 am - 18:30 pm
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Snorkeling in Silfra fissure
- Þingvellir national park (Thingvellir)
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Geysir hot spring area
- Transfer from Reykjavík and return
- A guided tour of the Golden Circle
- Snorkeling tour
- Silfra admission fee
The Golden Circle has for long been a favorite route for travelers to take and snorkeling in Silfra is one of the most popular activities in Iceland right now. Combine the two and you will have the perfect day tour ahead of you.
Pick up will start at 9:30 from your Reykjavík accommodation. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
We will then head off to Silfra where we leisurely float in the glacier melt water that has been filtered through lava for about 50 years before reaching the fissure. The crystal clear water has roughly the same temperature all year around so you can enjoy this great tour in all seasons. The low temperature and the remarkably clear water provide a visibility that is hard to find anywhere else in the world. The snorkeling tour takes your through the four main sections of Silfra; Silfra Deep Crack, Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon and all the way countless shades of blue and green are sure to take your breath away.
After the snorkeling adventure, we start the Golden Circle part of the day right where we are – at Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir, wich literally means “fields of assembly” is where one of the first democratic parliament was founded in 974 AD, holds a special place in every Icelander’s heart because of its historical significance. In addition to that, Þingvillis is on UNESCO’S world heritage list for its unique geological features, but the national park is located right in the rift valley of the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates.
Our next stop is by Strokkur, the famous spouting hot spring that sends hot water high up in the air every 8-10 minutes. Strokkur is located at the Geysir geothermal area, where the famous Great Geysir has its home. Although Geysir has stopped erupting the area is still very much active with numerous smaller hot springs for visitors to enjoy. The last stop of the day is by Gullfoss waterfall. The magnificent double cascade is truly a mesmerizing site. The water flows all the way from Langjökull glacier and gushes 32 meters down to the Gullfoss canyon exhibiting breathtaking power and grandeur.
Requirements are: 16 years old, 45kg and 150cm. Participants need to be comfortable in water and be able to swim to participate in the snorkeling tour. You are unable to participate if you pregnant.
You can view the online medical form all snorkelers must fill out before going on the tour which is sent by email upon booking. If you mark YES on any of the questions in section 1 then you will not be able to participate. If you mark YES on any of the questions in section 2 you will need to get your Physician’s approval and signature on this approval form.
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 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.
You need to know how to swim because you have to be comfortable with floating in water to be able to enjoy to the fullest.
Remember to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves, warm undergarments, warm socks and a change of clothing. Good hiking shoes are recommended.
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.
You can bring a camera, but if it is not waterproof it will get ruined. We recommend a waterproof camera. You can hire a waterproof digital camera or buy a waterproof disposable camera from us.
If you prefer to meet us on location you need to be at the Information Center at Þingvellir 15 minutes prior to your tour start. Make sure it’s the Information center NOT the Visitor Center.
For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W (WGS84).
Yes we offer the option, you basically have these two options regarding photos on tours:
For the first option, the snorkel guide has a camera and will take photos of Silfra and of the snorkelers, provided that everyone is comfortable. Safety if the most important thing. Customers can view the photos and if they like they can purchase them. We charge 3,900 ISK for all the photos from the tour. Customers can pay cash or card once they are back in Reykjavik, the guide will upload the photos to a dropbox account and send an invite to the customer.
The second option is to rent an underwater camera from us. We supply and prepare the camera for you so the you can take as many photos as you like. Then at the end of the tour we give you the SD card, included into the cost.
The cost is 4,990 ISK, but it must be booked at least one day before the tour so the guide knows to prepare the camera.
Unfortunately glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend to wear contact lenses instead.
Basically, yes. All you need to do is book separate tours for the same time. You will spend most of the day together in the water. But you will have separate guides. You will both take the same route in Silfra and see the same places.
The general rule is if someone is greater than 2m tall or weighs over 140kg, then they would struggle to get into a suit. But it’s difficult to tell until someone tries on the suit because someone can weigh a lot because they have a lot of muscle. But this is the best rule of thumb we can give.
The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.
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.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most off your day. Some are season depending but others are operated all year around. Here is a list of all of the tours.
All year around options:
Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour
Golden Circle and Caving
Golden Circle and Rafting
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.
Price from 27.990 ISK per person.
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"Snorkeling is a must!"
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!
“Golden Circle + Silfra: the highlight of our trip!”
Loved the small size of the group we traveled with – 8 of us altogether, in a smaller van. Pick ups and drop offs were on time. We had a fantastic tour guide (Biggi) who was funny, informative and did a fantastic job of allowing us to explore each destination and activity to our heart’s content while also keep us on time so that we didn’t run late. He was also very diligent about helping us in and out of the snorkeling equipment – getting ready is a bit of a process but Biggi helped out the snorkeling guide to get us all fitted and kitted.
As for snorkeling, it was absolutely worth every penny, and though it seemed intimidating to do this in freezing temperatures, the guides are all helpful in getting you ready.
You will be changing outdoors and it’s recommended that you dress for snorkeling in a thin layer – a t-shirt and thermals – to allow you to move easily. You wear a fleece-lined onesie over this, and then a dry-suit on top of that, with straps on your wrists and neck to make it more waterproof. Your snorkeling guide will explain every aspect of the activity to you, and accompanies you in the water.
Definitely bring a towel and a change of clothes – my clothes were a little damp, likely more from all the nervous sweating than from the actual swim, so it was nice to have warm dry clothes to change into.
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!