The Golden Circle is home to some of the most fascinating sites and underwater destinations in the world. Jump in and see for yourself!
Embark on our combo Golden Circle and Snorkeling Tour at Silfra Fissure. Our small-group sightseeing tour combines natural beauty, geological wonders, and an enthralling snorkeling experience in one day.
Snorkeling at Silfra Fissure has been rated one of the Top 5 activities in the world by Trip Advisor!
Meet on location
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- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
- Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir Hot Spring Area
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- A Guided Tour of the Golden Circle
- Snorkeling Tour
- All Snorkeling Equipment
- All Necessary Safety Equipment
- Silfra Admission Fee
- Hot Chocolate and Cookies
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
The Golden Circle has 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.
Snorkeling in Silfra
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. This means you can enjoy this great tour in all seasons.
The low temperature and remarkably clear water provide visibility that is hard to find anywhere else in the world. The snorkeling tour takes you through the four main sections of Silfra that include: Silfra Deep Crack, Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon. Countless shades of blue and green will take your breath away!
Exploring the Golden Circle
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 has stopped erupting, the area is still very much 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 literally 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 drifting apart of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.
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 at the ready!
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.
Remember to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves, warm long underwear, 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 the location.
You will return to Reykjavik around 18:00 pm approximately.
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.
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.
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 to make the most of your day. Here is a list of all of some great tours.
All year around options:
Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle & Local Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour
Golden Circle and Caving
"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!
"Amazing Experience All Around, Highly Recommend"
We used Arctic Adventures as part of our tour through the Golden Circle, specifically snorkelling in the Silfra Fissure. This was an amazing experience, definitely in our Top 3 ever, and was made even better by the expert guides. They were very informative, detailed and helpful. They made everyone very comfortable and ensured a positive experience for all participants thanks to their easy going nature. I highly recommend doing the snorkelling adventure at Silfra and experiencing it with Arctic Adventures. The hot chocloate and cookies afterwards were an added bonus as well!