We all had a great time! It was so amazing and our tour guide Stephano was amazing. He was responsible in showing us what to do and how to be safe but always lets us enjoy ourselves. I would 20/10 recommend doing this. Unparalleled to anything else…Also the free hot chocolate and cookies at the end are pure bliss.
A one-of-a-kind underground adventure! Lava caving and snorkeling combo in Þingvellir National Park.
Spend the whole day beneath the surface with our expert guides. We visit a historic lava-tube for caving and then head to Thingvellir National park to go snorkeling. Suitable for those in a good physical condition.
9 am - 5 pm
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Silfra Fissure
- Þingvellir (Thingvellir National Park)
- Snorkeling Tour
- Caving Tour
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- Certified PADI Dive guide / Divemaster
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- An Expert Caving Guide
- All Necessary Snorkeling & Caving Gear
- All Necessary Safety Equipment
- Silfra Admission Fee
- Hot Chocolate & Cookies
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
This caving and snorkeling tour gives you an opportunity to experience Iceland from a new angle.
After we pick you up from Reykjavík we start with the black part of the tour by exploring a lava tube cave close to Reykjavík. This adventure gives you a great insight of the volcanic activities that have formed Iceland. Depending on the season we go either to Leiðarendi Cave or Gjábakkahellir, both caves are typical lava tubes that display the characterizing features that are common for this type of caves.
After we finish the caving, you will have a chance to grab some lunch between the two activities.
We will drive to Þingvellir National Park where Silfra fissure is found. Here we get ready to explore the blue by putting on a dry suit and other snorkeling gear needed. Your guide leads you through the marvels of this crystal clear water wonderland that is considered to be one of the best freshwater snorkeling places in the world.
Pick up: For those who have chosen to be picked up in Reykjavík, the pick-up time is at 09:00 am. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is greatly appreciated!
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
Remember to bring: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, gloves, warm long underwear (fleece/wool), warm socks, a change of clothing (just in case).
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.
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. Guardian’s approval needed for minors under 18.
Due to guide/customer ratio limitations and Þingvellir National Park regulations this tour sells out frequently, we recommend you book this tour well in advance.
We recommend bringing gloves to wear inside the cave as it can sometimes get a little cold.
We provide you with a headlight and a helmet.
You are in the cave for about 1-1,5 hours.
Like always in Iceland, it’s best to dress in layers. A warm layers closest to you preferably wool/thermal underwear, pants sweater and on top waterproof outdoor clothing. We also recommend that you wear good hiking boots and gloves. Jeans have proven to be a bad choice.
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.
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.
“Black and Blue tour - a must do!”
We done the black and blue tour with Arctic Adventures (this is lava caving and snorkelling at the Silfra fissure). Our pick up was bang on time and our host, Linus (my spelling could be wrong), was excellent! We loved every second of the tour. Linus was funny, informative, and good at checking in with us a group as to what/how we wanted to do things. For example, you can take two different routes in the lava caves and Linus was very sensitive at making sure the whole group was happy to take the harder route. The snorkelling was incredible! The suits are incredible at keeping you warm and if you follow the advice from the instructors on how to keep your hands warm you’ll be totally fine! Other people had clearly ignored all the advice given to them… This was truly worth every penny and we got to see some increcible views. Miles of lava fields covered in snow is an incredible sight. 100% recommend this to anyone interested in geology or just doing things out of the ordinary.
Amazing experience, felt like we were in Mission Impossible
“Black & Blue - caving & snorkeling”
Had a terrific time on this tour – everything ran smoothly from hotel pick-up on. The snorkeling really is amazing – I’ve read some reviews of these type of adventures that make the drysuit sound more complicated than I experienced. The folks from Arctic Adventures made all of it simple. The lava cave was cool, too, and a good addition to the day since I had previously done a Golden Circle tour.