Overview

Discover the secret underwater canyon between two continents that makes Iceland a most unusual and fascinating snorkeling destination.

Highlights

  • Small Group Experience
  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Silfra Fissure
  • Snorkeling in Iceland
  • North American and Eurasian tectonic plates
  • A Unique Experience

Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure has been rated one of the Top 5 activities in the world by Trip Advisor!

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.

As if this wasn't alluring enough, Silfra Fissure is also the only place in the universe where you can go snorkeling in between the continental plates. Make your next big adventure a rare one!

Read our Snorkeling in Silfra Handbook for how to prepare for your adventure.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability All Year
Duration ~ 3 / ~ 5,5 hours
Departs From Thingvellir / Reykjavik
Level Moderate
Minimum age 12 years
Ratio 1:6 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

Customer reviews on TripAdvisor

It was excellent with Nebo

One of the reasons for coming to Iceland was snorkeling in Silfra. I did not have high expectations due to the water and air beings so cold. Fortunately, we got our guide Nebo who gave his best efforts to explain everything, from the preparations and instructions to teaching us how to snorkel. On top of this, he was by our side the whole time, releasing this positive energy which really made the whole experience better. Thanks to Nebo and his patience, professionalism, and commitment to his work, snorkeling in Silfra turned out to be a massive experience which will stay with me forever.

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What's included

Included

  • Certified Dive Master guide
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • All Necessary Snorkeling Gear Including a Drysuit
  • All Necessary Safety Equipment
  • Silfra Admission Fee
  • Hot Chocolate & Cookies

What to bring

  • Warm undergarments
  • Warm woolen socks
  • Change of clothes

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

Þingvellir (Thingvellir)

A historical site, national park in Iceland and a UNESCO heritage site. Originally known for being the place where Alþingi (the parliament) was founded in 930 this place had served a grand role in Icelander's saga since the settlers came. Still today you can find ruins of old stone shelters, the lakes and the Lögberg e. Law Rock. The park sits on a rift valley caused by the separation of two continental plates, with rocky cliffs and fissures like the huge Almannagjá fault. In this separation sits the amazing Silfra fissure.

Enjoy an amazing snorkeling experience as you drift peacefully in the comfort of a warm 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 so you will be snorkeling in between them. This is an experience like no other and Silfra is the only place in the world where this can be done. 

Take your Icelandic geology exploration to another level as you explore the crystal clear glacial water that runs from Langjökull glacier about 50 km away, water that has been filtering through lava for 100-200 years. Touch the moving lava rocks and get a feel for the power and uniqueness of Icelandic nature in complete calm.  The visibility at Silfra is without comparison reaching somewhere around 150 meters. Some have described the feeling of snorkeling in Silfra like flying and others experience an ultimate state of meditation. Snorkeling in Silfra fissure is often called liquid meditation and you will understand why when you try it!

Silfra is truly a mesmerizing site and Into the Blue offers a relaxing but exotic trip in a highly unique and captivating environment. Whether you are an experienced snorkeler or a beginner this dive is an absolutely mesmerizing experience!

Our experienced and well-qualified specialist diving guides will ensure you are provided with all of the proper equipment and information you need. 

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.

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

Pick up: For those who have chosen to be picked up in Reykjavík, the pick-up time is at 08:30 am / 12:00 pm. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is greatly appreciated!
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

If you choose the Reykjavik pick-up option, then you will return to Reykjavík around 13:30 pm / 17:30 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.

Meet our guides

Nick

Nick

"Captain Light"

I get the name “Captain Light” as I not only run diving for Arctic but during our beautiful winters I also hunt for the Northern Lights. Diving and Adventure guiding for me has been my career now for 15 years and there is no greater joy than sharing an awesome environment both underwater, up a mountain or in a cave with like minded travellers. My commercial diving background combined with years of dive instruction in both cold and tropical countries gives me a great knowledge base to make sure you have a great time on your adventure here in our beautiful Iceland.

Steven

Steven

Lead Guide (Fat Boss)

Scuba Steve, our Resident Zoologist (British). After graduating with a degree in Zoology he has spent the last 10 years working on a variety of different research projects all over the world, ranging from identifying new fish species in African lakes to recording whale songs in the Caribbean. The leader of the pack, Steven will endeavour to make sure all your adventures at Silfra run smoothly and with that element of fun you need on a holiday. Don’t forget to ask for Steven’s animal fact of the day!

Koldo

Koldo

Diving/Snorkeling guide

Hi, my name is Koldo and I'm from a small coastal city in the Basque Country. I've been diving since I was 15 years old. Our father taught me and my brothers how to dive at a very young age with the result that we all ended up becoming instructors. Always connected to the ocean, I've worked as a beach lifeguard, skipper in salvage RIB boats, commercial diver and finally as a recreational diving instructor around the Canary Islands. But when I first saw images of the crystal clear water from Silfra, I decided to change the salt water for this incredible landscape.

Giulia

Giulia

Senior Guide/Diving Guide (Snorkel Queen)

I'm Giulia, 28 years old and I come from Italy where I grew up until 2012 when everything changed. After I graduated as a Graphic Designer, I got a job in Milan, but it didn't take me long to realize that my office can't have 4 walls. At that time, I was already a diver and the decision to abandon my "normal" life to come back to the ocean and have the possibility to travel was easy to take. I spent years traveling and working in different countries, mostly warm, before moving to Iceland where I have been living for over a year. I still don't know where my next adventure will be, but I know that there is a lot more to explore in this amazing country.

Kuba

Kuba

Adventures Guide (Aquaman)

Wether it's inside Ice Caves, on top of glaciers, driving over geothermal fields and snowmobiling, Kuba is the man. With no vista unreachable, Kuba is our versatile around Iceland dive guide. Tough and with years of cold water experience under his belt you will enter the water safe and with that feeling of achievement that will have you high fiving Kuba on completion of your tour.

Peter

Peter

Adventures Guide

I am a Hungarian-born, professional diver and snowmobiling guide. I have gained a lot of experience in scuba diving and Search & Rescue missions, so I'm no stranger to harsh, cold and hazardous environments. Since I joined Arctic Adventures I've experienced first-hand the many wondrous sights of Iceland, which I believe all divers should experience on their adventures, so come and join me at Silfra or snowmobiling on the glacier sometime.

Goran

Goran

Dive Instructor & Suit Technician

Goran is a passionate diver and loves to get into a dry suit for extreme water sports, he is also our trusted man in the lab concocting strong glue mixtures to repair and maintain our very large fleet of dry suits. Mr. Fix-it, as we call him, will make sure you stay dry during your adventures in Iceland.

Ali

Ali

Diving Instructor

Our cold-water queen of the north, coming from Scotland. Ali brings with her a ton of cold-water diving experience and can handle even the coldest day like a pro. She will also entertain you at site with Celtic music, sure to make you dance a jig and stay warm.

Eliska

Eliska

Diving Instructor

I am an instructor from the Czech Republic, I have been working and diving in various places around the world for the past 6 years. But now I have decided to stay and explore Iceland. it's a wonderful place with lots of activities to try. You will always find me with a big smile ready and waiting to dive into the water with you!

Louis

Louis

Diving Instructor

My name is Louis and I’ve been staring at the edge of the water long as I can remember, never really knowing why. Scuba diving and tourism is my passion and working at Arctic Adventures allows me to make my passion a career! I get to meet new people and take smiling faces into the water every day and share with them what I love to do! The water might be cold here in Iceland, but the crystal clear 100-meter visibility makes you forget that you can’t feel your face anymore. That’s why I love my profession and that’s why I love Arctic adventures.

Tom

Tom

Diving Instructor

Diesel Engineer to Dive Guide, Tom is a versatile dude from the UK who will guide you through our beautiful dive locations. Tom also helps us out with equipment repairs and just being an all-round nice guy.

FAQ

All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkelling handbook.

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.

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.

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.

No. Unfortunately, glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend wearing contact lenses instead.

You are not able to participate in the snorkelling tour if you are pregnant.

Yes, the tour is directed in English and therefore you need to be able to understand English to participate.

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.

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)

Yes, you must be able to swim independently without a lifejacket, and you must be comfortable in the water.

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 to snorkel, 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.

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.

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.

Our client to guide ratio is one guide for every 6 snorkelers.

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!

We use high quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews

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Silfra Fissure Snorkeling Tour - Into The Blue

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Silfra Snorkeling Tour

Reviewed on March 14, 2020 by Matthew From our post-trip system

Kevin & Carl we’re both extremely nice and knowledgable during the whole tour. We had to wait a little while for our turn & they both stood right by the group and engaged with every single person to make the time fly by. The good sense of humor definitely enhanced the overall trip experience. Thank you both!

Amazing

Reviewed on March 13, 2020 by Isa From our post-trip system

This was probably one of my best experiences in Iceland!! Everyone was nice, pretty funny and just made every step of the experience fun. You literally felt like you were flying when swimming and it was just beautiful. I'd definitely recommend anyone and everyone to do this because you wont regret it!

Amazing experience

Reviewed on March 09, 2020 by Cinthya From our post-trip system

The guides were very easy going and funny. They helped us all put our suites on and then they separated us into 3 groups, because each guide can only have 6 in the group. My guide was Matt and he was very attentive, and that is a good thing for me specially because I kinda freak out for a second twice and he would immediately realized it and asked me if I was okay and got closer so that made me feel so much better and confident to go on. In all the experience itself was amazing the view is unbelievable and didn't get cold at all, actually when you get out of the water you are warmer than before getting in which is strange but means their suits really work.

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