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Golden Circle & Snorkeling

The Famous Golden Circle & Snorkeling Tour at Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir

The Golden Circle is home to some of the most fascinating sites and underwater destinations in the world. Jump in and see for yourself!

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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!

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    9 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    12 years

  • Ratio

    1:19 / 1:6

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    23.490 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir Hot Spring Area
Included
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 meltwater 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 round so 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; 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 Information

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 min.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


Practical Information

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.


Return time

You will return to Reykjavík around 18:00 pm approximately.


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.

Do you offer a tour that is solely the Golden Circle?

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.

What sights will I see on the Golden Circle?

The tour is based around the three most popular attractions in Iceland Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and The Great Geysir. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

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Golden Circle & Snorkeling | Average rating: 4.6/5 based on 18 customer reviews


"Snorkelling was incredible!" | 4 stars By Rebekah Herbert 16/07/2018
"The Golden Circle part of the tour felt slightly rushed. We barely had enough time to actually enjoy the three stops, it was more a quick stop for a photo then back on the bus. The best part of this tour was the snorkelling. The snorkelling guide was informative and was clearly knowledgable. The water was (as expected) cold but the dry suits kept us warm enough for 40 minutes in the crystal clear water."
"Great experience" | 5 stars By Kelly H. 09/07/2018
Pedro and the tour were fantastic! Snorkeling was cold, but everything was beautiful and informative.
"Golden Circle and Snorkeling Tour" | 4 stars By Cynthia Diogo 25/06/2018
We did the Golden Circle and Snorkeling Tour and it was a wonderful tour. Our guide was very kind and informative. We got a lot of impressions in one day. The snorkeling was a big highlight. Afterwards, I would have done the two tours separately I guess, because I think that then we might have more time for the Golden Circle Tour stops. At most of the stops we had 30 minutes, which was in my opinion sometimes a little short. For the snorkeling part, we had enough time. There was no rush and we were explained everything in detail. The snorkeling itself was around 40 minutes and I'm so grateful for this wonderful experience! All in all, the service was well organised, very charming and great. I would recommend arctic adventures and book myself again!
"Great Guide and Fun Tour" | 5 stars By Alaina Swearingen 16/06/2018
Our guide was super nice and gave good advice for more places to see for any future visits. He also taught us a bit of Icelandic pronunciation :) The sights were beautiful, I only wish we'd had more time to explore! Snorkeling was great fun, and with the suits, the water didn't even feel cold (except on your face).
"Golden Circle and Snorkeling" | 5 stars By Ivana Ledesma 25/01/2018
We did a couple of tours with Arctic Adventures and everything was amazing. Both tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and fun to be around. For the Golden Circle tour, Tomas was our guide and he did wonderful. Would do it all over again. For the snorkeling, Dmitri was our guide and he made sure I was safe the whole time since it was my first time snorkeling. He went thru all the safety pointers before and showed us the route previous to getting in the water and took several pictures to commemorate the occasion. Highly recommend this tour, as well as the glacier hike. Truly unique, once in a lifetime experiences.
"Definite highlight of our entire trip to Iceland" | 5 stars By Jennifer Jun 08/02/2018
My friend Ana and I signed up for the Golden Circle + Silfra snorkeling tour, which was the definite highlight of our entire trip to Iceland. The tour of Golden Circle, with our incredibly knowledgeable, warm, and professional guide Thomas, was excellent in that the group all together was less than 10 people. It was a much better way to see the Golden Circle than to be on a large tour (which we also experienced with a different tour company to see the South coast of Iceland). Thomas made the entire tour such an extraordinary, unforgettable one. And the crew waiting for us at Silfra was excellent, as well. It goes without saying that snorkeling in Silfra was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I'll carry with me always!
"This was the perfect way to start off my vacation in Iceland" | 5 stars By Ashley Colenutt 25/02/2018
This was the perfect way to start off my vacation in Iceland. Firstly the tour guide was awesome. He was very knowledgeable, he was able to answer every question we had in reguards to the history and lifestyles of Iceland. Gullfoss was beautiful, the geysirs are incredible to see and snorkelling in Silfra was priceless. Thank you
"Amazing!!" | 4 stars By Clo 11/03/2018
Great tour... 1 word= amazing!!
"The tour was great value for money and exceeded my expectations of Iceland " | 5 stars By Kim Freegard 13/03/2018
The tour was great value for money and exceeded my expectations of Iceland (which were already very high!). Tom was a fantastic, funny and engaging guide, and made me want to listen to every word despite feeling tired and needing to nap. Definitely go back on an alternative tour next time :)
"El snorkel en Silfra es alucinante" | 4 stars By Paula MF 04/04/2018
El Círculo Dorado es una excursión imprescindible si vas a Islandia pero realmente esta excursión fue de transporte, NO un tour guiado, al menos en nuestro caso. El guía (o mejor dicho, el conductor del minibus) solo nos dio unas pocas explicaciones antes de bajar del autobús sin entrar en mucho detalle. Después nos bajábamos solos, veíamos el punto de interés y volvíamos al autobús. El snorkel en Silfra es alucinante. Está muy bien organizado y los monitores están atentos en todo momento y te ayudan si es necesario. Aunque con el traje seco flotas es imprescindible saber nadar. El grupo se divide en varios más pequeños para garantizar la seguridad. Nuestro monitora en el snorkel, una chica italiana (no recuerdo su nombre) es muy agradable, experimentada y además habla español. Cuando terminamos el snorkel nos ofrecieron chocolate caliente y galletas.
"The Golden Circle was good" | 3 stars By Lindsey 06/04/2018
The Golden Circle was good but very busy, and we were a bit disappointed not to do the lagoon. It was nice to go to an extra waterfall. The snorkelling was disappointing, we had to wait around for a very long time before going in the water so we got very cold, and then there was nothing really to see in the water. It was different from the photographs on the website. Would not recommend the snorkelling. Customer service was generally good throughout though.
"Well worth the time and the money" | 5 stars By Bill 07/04/2018
the trip to the geyser, the falls and of course the snorkeling was well worth the time and the money. Have already recommended this excursion to a number of friends heading to Iceland. Good job.
"The guides were all very professional and knowledgeable and funny" | 4 stars By Seok Chin Lim 12/04/2018
I booked 3 tours from Artic Adventures - Golden Circle and snorkelling tour, 2 days South coast tour, northern lights tour. The guides were all very professional and knowledgeable and funny. Thank you. Improvements could be made for the northern lights tour which is freezing cold experience...there should be an indoor waiting area and we only come out once we see the lights. In addition, customer should also be given the option to replace with another tour of the same value/top up if need be should we choose not to go for the 2nd/3rd time for the northern lights.
"Highly recommend snorkeling the Silfra" | 5 stars By Johanny 14/05/2018
Arctic Adventures is a great company (we used a few while we were in Iceland). The Golden Circle tour was informative, as our guide gave us a lot of history along the way. Once we arrived at the different locations we could really appreciate the beauty. However, the highlight of the trip was truly the Silfra. Be prepared to laugh while trying to get into the scuba gear. I would recommend someone film you. The Silfra is beyond what you could expect and to describe the experience as magical would be an understatement. You might be a little cold but it’s totally worth it!
"Great day" | 4 stars By Linda 16/05/2018
We had a great day also the snorkeling was a great experience. The tour guide Sara was perfect and told nice stories about Iceland.
"Great Guide and Fun Tour" | 5 stars By Alaina Swearingen 16/06/2018
Our guide Félag was super nice and gave good advice for more places to see for any future visits. He also taught us a bit of Icelandic pronunciation :) The sights were beautiful, I only wish we'd had more time to explore! Snorkeling was great fun, and with the suits, the water didn't even feel cold (except on your face).
"Great experience" | 5 stars By Kelly H. 09/07/2018
Pedro and the tour were fantastic! Snorkeling was cold, but everything was beautiful and informative.
"Golden Circle and Snorkeling in the Silfra" | 5 stars By Renee 20/07/2018
I absolutely enjoyed this tour! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and I learned a lot that day about some of Iceland’s history. The tour guide was also very friendly and it made the tour that more enjoyable. I would recommend any of my colleagues to use Arctic Adventures if they ever want to explore Iceland.
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