Discover the secret underwater canyon between continents that makes Iceland a most unusual snorkeling destination!
The Silfra fissure is one of Iceland’s most desirable snorkeling spots. Located in the heart of Thingvellir national park, this narrow channel of blue water meandering through a giant lava field does not look like much on the surface. But below, supernatural shades of blue, perfect visibility and incredible rock formations make up a magical sub-aquatic paradise.
Meet on location
12 years old
- Tour highlights
- Þingvellir national park (Thingvellir)
- Silfra fissure
- North American and Eurasian tectonic plates
- Certified PADI Diveguide / Divemaster
- All necessary snorkeling gear
- Silfra admission fee
Enjoy a great snorkeling experience as you drift peacefully in the comfort of a warmly insulated drysuit accompanied by our highly skilled guides. Silfra, frequently rated as one of the world’s top ten dive sites, is located between the tectonic plates of Europe and America. With up to 100 meters of underwater visibility, Silfra is truly a mesmerizing site, not to be missed by any snorkeler, experienced or not. Into the Blue offers a relaxing but exotic trip in a highly unique and captivating environment!
Meeting point: The meeting point is Silfra car park in Thingvellir National Park. Please be ready in the Silfra car park to meet your guide 15 MINUTES before your tour is due to begin.
Pick up: If you need a pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavik see our Snorkeling in Silfra from Reykjavik
Weight limit: 45-120 kg
Height limit: 150 cm -200 cm
Other requirements: Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim. You are unable to participate if you pregnant.
You can view the online medical form all snorkelers must fill out before going on the tour which is sent by email upon booking. If you mark YES on any of the questions in section 1 then you will not be able to participate. If you mark YES on any of the questions in section 2 you will need to get your Physician’s approval and signature on this approval form.
Want photos from the tour?
We offer every snorkeler the opportunity of having their picture taken whilst enjoying the wonders of Silfra. You can purchase the photos from the tour on site for 3900 ISK. We accept cards and cash. Please talk to your guide on the day.
Remember to bring: Warm undergarments, preferably fleece/wool (no cotton!), warm woolen socks and a change of clothes (just in case). You will get a specially made suit to keep you warm and dry in the glacier water.
You will be wearing a snorkeling mask while in the water and you won’t be able to wear your glasses underneath. So unless you are bringing your own prescription mask we recommend that you acquire contact lenses for your snorkeling tour.
You need to know how to swim because you have to be comfortable with floating in water to be able to enjoy to the fullest.
Driving directions to the meeting location
If you are meeting us on location, the meeting point is Silfra car park in Thingvellir National Park. Click here for driving directions to where you can park your car (parking “Thingvellir P5”). To meet your guide: Walk 400m back along the road until you reach a smaller car park with all the snorkel and dive vans, and look for your guide. Please be ready in the Silfra car park to meet your guide 15 MINUTES before your tour is due to begin.
For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W
the national park charges a small fee of 500 ISK for parking.
You can bring a camera, but if it is not waterproof it will get ruined. We recommend a waterproof camera. You can hire a waterproof digital camera or buy a waterproof disposable camera from us.
If you prefer to meet us on location you need to be at the Information Center at Þingvellir 15 minutes prior to your tour start. Make sure it’s the Information center NOT the Visitor Center.
For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W (WGS84).
Yes we offer the option, you basically have these two options regarding photos on tours:
For the first option, the snorkel guide has a camera and will take photos of Silfra and of the snorkelers, provided that everyone is comfortable. Safety if the most important thing. Customers can view the photos and if they like they can purchase them. We charge 3,900 ISK for all the photos from the tour. Customers can pay cash or card once they are back in Reykjavik, the guide will upload the photos to a dropbox account and send an invite to the customer.
The second option is to rent an underwater camera from us. We supply and prepare the camera for you so the you can take as many photos as you like. Then at the end of the tour we give you the SD card, included into the cost.
The cost is 4,990 ISK, but it must be booked at least one day before the tour so the guide knows to prepare the camera.
Unfortunately glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend to wear contact lenses instead.
Basically, yes. All you need to do is book separate tours for the same time. You will spend most of the day together in the water. But you will have separate guides. You will both take the same route in Silfra and see the same places.
The general rule is if someone is greater than 2m tall or weighs over 140kg, then they would struggle to get into a suit. But it’s difficult to tell until someone tries on the suit because someone can weigh a lot because they have a lot of muscle. But this is the best rule of thumb we can give.
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.
Price from 16.900 ISK per person.
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The snorkeling tour between the tectonic plates is worth the money! Sigfús Tina and Richard did a great job as our guides !
“Snorkel the plates”
Snorkeling between the two continental plates was one to cross off the bucket list. First, the staff, Steve, Taz, our driver (a super nice Greek man— I can’t remember his name) and the nice Frenchman who helped dress me in my drysuit. They were phenomenal. Not only were they friendly but extremely helpful (I wish i had the chance to get to know them better, they were awesome people).
My friend had a rough time as it was her first time, Steve stayed with her for the entire dive so she not only felt at ease but was able to see the best parts of the experience. The dive itself was quick but gorgeous, the colors under the water were unforgettable. It is cold however the drysuit keeps you warm. I would highly recommend this excursion, I mean how many people can say they have snorkeled between two continental plates. Definitely book your excursion with Arctic Adventures, you will not regret it!
We did the Silfra Snorkeling in mid February in a snow storm. It was AMAZING. The water is very cold, but very clear. Arctic Adventures provides all the gear you need to stay warm and drive during the experience. The guides were great and even took photos of us during the experience. I highly recommend this tour.
“Into the Blue Snorkeling tour!”
This was probably one of the best experiences of my life! The Arctic Adventures staff were all kind, hilarious, and extremely helpful. Carlos & Adam especially. I would recommend this to absolutely everyone! SO BEAUTIFUL!