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!
9:00 am - 18:00 pm
Meet on location
- 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 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.
We start the tour off with the Golden Circle part. Our first 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 on our golden circle adventure is at 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.
We will then head off to Þingvellir National Park, where Silfra is located. Þingvellir, which literally means “fields of assembly” is where one of the first democratic parliament was founded in 930 AD, holds a special place in every Icelander’s heart because of its historical significance. In addition to that, Þingvellir 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.
In Silfra, where we will 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.
Pick up will start at 09:00 am from your Reykjavik pick up point. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
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 location.
You will return to Reykjavík around 18:00 pm approximately.
Must be 12 years or older. Guardian´s approval needed for minors under 18.
For available dry suit sizes, please see the handbook in the FAQ section.
It is important that you can both understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour.
Yes, you can bring a camera, but if it is not waterproof it will get ruined, so we would recommend it is waterproof.
If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is at the Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National Park.
For 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 takes photos during the tour. If you are interested in photos please let your guide know before you go to the water. You can then buy the photos from your guide at the end of the tour, for a price of 3 900 ISK, which includes all the photos from that day. Kindly note that photos can not be guaranteed. Our customers safety and wellbeing is our first priority, and therefore it can happen that the guide have to focus on helping the snorkelers in the water instead of taking photos.
Unfortunately glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend to wear contact lenses instead.
You are not able to participate in the snorkeling tour if you are pregnant.
Yes, it is important that you can both understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour.
Some snorkeling 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 wont be in the water exactly at the same time
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)
You need to know how to swim independently in order to enjoy this adventure.
All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkeling handbook.
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 of snorkeling, 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.
The idea behind the dry suit is that it should keep your body dry. We are using top quality dry suits from respected manufacturers. It can be good to know that where is always a small risk that water can enter the dry suit. This is not dangerous, but can feel a little cold. 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 undergarment and neoprene dry suits from Waterproof and 0’Three. We also provide neoprene hood and neoprene wet gloves to protect your head and hands from the cold. You will also be given fins, mask and snorkel.
It takes about 30-40 minutes to slowly swim through the whole Silfra fissure. Once we reach the exit point you can choose if you want to get out of the water, or if you want to swim around a bit longer.
Our client to guide ratio is one guide for every 6 snorkelers.
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. 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:
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.
"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!