Overview

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

Highlights

  • Small Group Experience
  • Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Geysir Hot Spring Area
  • Free snorkeling photos

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!

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.

  • Free Wifi
  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability All Year
Duration 9 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Moderate
Minimum age 12 years
Ratio 1:19/1:6 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

Customer reviews on TripAdvisor

Absolutely an amazing experience and tour!

Absolutely an amazing experience and tour! Review of Arctic Adventures Reviewed February 27, 2020 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!

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What's included

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
  • Free snorkeling photos taken by your guide

What to bring

  • Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Warm long underwear
  • Warm socks
  • A change of clothing
  • Good hiking shoes are recommended

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

Snorkeling in Silfra

man snorkeling in Silfra Fissure blue water

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!

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.

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 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.

FAQ

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.

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.

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.

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

Reviews

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Based on 8 reviews

Golden Circle & Snorkeling

1- of 8 reviews

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!

Silfra Snorkelling

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.

Great tour

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!

Golden Circle and Snorkeling Tour

Reviewed on June 25, 2018 by Cynthia Diogo From our post-trip system

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!

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