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Into The Blue

Snorkeling Tour in Silfra, Between the Continents

Go snorkeling in between the continents

Discover the secret underwater canyon between continents that makes Iceland a most unusual snorkeling destination!!

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The Silfra fissure is one of the world’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.

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!

This tour is a meet on location only. If you need a pick-up from Reykjavik please see one of our other tours Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure from Reykjavík

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    ~ 3 hours / ~ 5,5 hours

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    12 years old

  • Ratio

    1:6

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik / Thingvellir National Park

  • Price from

    14.490 ISK

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

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.

Snorkeling in 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 the liquid mediation 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. 


Meet on Location

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 Information

Pick up: For those who have chosen to be picked up in Reykjavík, the pick-up time is at 09:00 am / 13:00 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.


Return time

If you choose the Reykjavik pick-up option, then you will return to Reykjavík around 03:00 pm / 07:00 pm approximately.


Practical information

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.


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. Guardian’s approval needed for minors under 18.
English: It is important that you can both understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour.


 

Please note

The national park charges a small fee of 500 ISK for parking, you can pay with cash or card.

How long is the tour?

Approximately 3 hours in total, 45 minutes in the water.

Can I bring my camera on my snorkeling tour?

Yes, you can bring a camera, but if it is not waterproof it will get ruined, so we would recommend it is waterproof.

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.

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.

Do you offer photos from the snorkeling tour?

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.

Can I wear glasses on a snorkeling tour in Silfra?

Unfortunately glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend to wear contact lenses instead.

I am pregnant, can I participate in the snorkeling tour?

You are not able to participate in the snorkeling 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, it is important that you can both understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour.

Can we do snorkeling and diving at the same time?

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

Are there any weight restrictions to participate in the snorkeling tours?
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 in order to participate in the tour?

You need to know how to swim independently in order to enjoy this adventure.

What is the best way to prepare for the tour?

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

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 any previous 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.

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?

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.

What equipment do you provide?

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.

How much time do we spend in the water?

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.

How many snorkelers will be on each tour?

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

Disclaimer
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.

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Into The Blue | Average rating: 4.9/5 based on 31 customer reviews


"Such a unique experience" | 5 stars By Jenny 26/01/2018
This snorkeling tour was such a unique experience! Even with the cold temperatures and strong winds, the dry suit kept me surprisingly warm. Our guide was very funny and made the experience even more enjoyable.
"Would recommend" | 5 stars By Amy Tebbs 02/02/2018
We met our guide at the meeting point which the directions we're clear. Our guide give us all of the equipment needed and give us information on the silfra. Once ready he made sure we were all happy and off we went. Thanks for a lovely adventure we we're truly looked after and the hot chocolate and cookies were greatly appreciated to warm us up. Would recommend.
"Into the Blue Snorkeling" | 5 stars By Art Rivera 22/02/2018
Tour guide was great, and the dive was so much fun. I was not cold at all and hot coco at the end was perfect. I really wish we would of bought the pictures from our guide, its worth it!
"What an experience:)" | 5 stars By Claire Stanley 26/02/2018
If anyone had ever suggested I would be snorkelling in zero degree water whilst in my late 40’s I would never have believed them. I had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Vlad and Chris were very patient, knowledgeable and supportive throughout. The suits were amazing and apart from the hands and face no part of me felt cold:) This is an event I would strongly recommend to anyone visiting Iceland-️?‚-️
"Great Guide" | 5 stars By John Turcotte 28/02/2018
Our guide, "Gummy", was excellent. He displayed confidence and expertise throughout the entire experience. He was patient and encouraging with customers that were having a difficult time. He was also very engaging and entertaining throughout the gearing up and orientation process. He made the time waiting in line to get into the water fly by. He represented Arctic Adventures very well.
"Snorkel Silfra" | 5 stars By Alyssa Pecorino 03/03/2018
Taz was great! So sweet and accommodating. She gave us a heads up about the weather the next day and made us feel right at home.
"Amazing Views" | 4 stars By Lisa kilpatrick 08/03/2018
The Into the Blue tour was beautiful. The dry suit kept me mostly dry and comfortable in the water and the view was amazing. I wish we were able to actually swim a little more rather than float. I kept trying not to bump into the person in front of me and it distracted me a little. Dimitri was a great guide and really knowledgeable.
"Wonderful Adventure!" | 5 stars By Miriam Feintuch 09/03/2018
I had an amazing adventure with Arctic Adventures. I went snorkeling and saw the beautiful tectonic plates shimmering in the sun. The only downside was that it was really cold, but I knew what I was getting myself into. Plus, surviving the freezing cold water with a wet and dry suit on was half the fun!
"Great time snorkeling" | 5 stars By Kelli Lange 18/03/2018
Had a great time snorkeling in the cold waters thanks to our awesome guide Andrew and his colleagues. A unique experience for sure, would highly recommend!
"Unbelievable experience" | 5 stars By Aleks 14/03/2018
Absolutely fantastic! Feel safe in water and gained perfect emotions, during this activity! Equipment is clean, high quality and feels very robust. Everything looks eveng better under water than on photos))
"Into the blue" | 5 stars By Marcelo 23/03/2018
Amazing experience. Mandatory tour in Iceland. The visual is incredible and the clothes protect you completely from the cold water. The only complain is that the explanation about the tour could be done before participants change their clothes. Everyone was felling cold for a long while.
"So much fun!" | 5 stars By Katelyn Aiello 23/03/2018
I was a little hesitant snorkeling in such frigid waters. My husband was the one that found the adventure. Once in my dry suit though it was not as bad as I thought. I’m from Florida... we snorkel in bathing suits but this was definitely amazing. The water was so clear! Our tour guide was hilarious and very informative. We never questioned what we should be doing or if we were doing it right. Everything was extremely organized and the cookies and hot chocolate at the end were a perfect touch.
"Into the Blue was a great experience" | 5 stars By Ana Perlstein 24/03/2018
I booked this tour with some trepidation for my husband and I, as although we are pretty sporty and in fairly good shape, we had never gone snorkeling before. Our tour guide Lena immediately put us at ease--she was patient, knowledgeable, and super friendly to boot. She even helped us reschedule a tour that we had accidentally missed due to a miscommunication about our pick-up location. From the intense gearing-up process (drysuits are no joke!) to looking at the beautiful underwater rock formations in crystal-clear blue water, snorkeling in the Silfra rift was truly a unique experience, and one we will certainly never forget. Lena made it all the better :)
"Excellent service and value" | 5 stars By Carolina Scott 25/03/2018
We really enjoyed our tour, the guides were great and knowledgeable. For our snorkelling tour we arrived late due to a flight delay but they still squeezed us in it felt like they were all willing to help as much as possible to give us a great experience. The only thing I would suggest is a better system for the collection in the mornings from the bus stop. It was hard waiting out in the cold for half an hour or so and the system with lots of different buses from different companies is a bit hectic. But that may not be something the company can control. I would definitely recommend arctic adventures
"Best tour ever!" | 5 stars By Jackie 26/03/2018
We loved snorkeling the Silfra. It was by far the highlight of our stay in Iceland! Our guide, Apollo, was friendly, knowledgeable, and entertaining. He made the trip fun and exciting for our small group! This is an experience we'll never forget.
"recomendation" | 4 stars By María de Lourdes Moreno 04/03/2018
It was one of the best experiences I ve ever had. I just wanted to recommend that you wash or try to give cleaner dry suits.. I literally had to take away the hair of the previous user jeje... It would make your tour perfect jaja
"Once in a lifetime experience" | 5 stars By Chetna 28/03/2018
Our two guides and the entire team was wonderful. They made the once in th lifetime experience of snorkeling in Silfra smooth and fun experience. I highly recommend this tour to anyone willing to endure a little cold for a truly magical moment.
"Great experience" | 4 stars By Olivier Gauron 02/04/2018
The guide is very friendly, spots are beautifull, horse riding is perfect but the snorkeling monitor has a speech a little frigthening for something that don't need too
"Fun and informational snorkeling trip!" | 5 stars By Lizzie 03/04/2018
All of the guides I interacted with on this trip were extremely knowledgeable about the activity as well as Icelandic history which was very enjoyable to learn. The guides were all very nice, funny, and helpful. The experience is like no other! While the water is very cold you stay comfortably warm in the suit with the exception of your hands. It was absolutely beautiful.
"Silfra Snorkeling" | 5 stars By Brittany Curry 07/04/2018
My husband and I had such an amazing time snorkeling with Arctic Adventures. The gear was fantastic and kept us plenty warm while exploring the beautiful underwater world. I will never forget the beautiful colors and the delicious glacial water. An experience of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful countries!
"Amazing experience, Fab guide and team." | 5 stars By Adrian Bryant 07/04/2018
We had the most amazing experience with Steve, his partner and the whole Arctic Adventures team. The whole team took plenty of time, patience with the kids, wife and myself kitting is up to make sure everything was comfortable and fitted perfectly. Steve spent time talking about the area, history and the snorkel. Never felt rushed and the snorkel itself was amazing. Thanks everyone at Arctic Adventures.
"A must do" | 5 stars By Isabella Lima 10/04/2018
Going to Iceland? Clear your schedule and go snorkeling in SILFRA fissure with Artic Adventures. It's amazing!
"Adventurous family!" | 5 stars By Dixie Stafford 18/04/2018
I booked this as part of our family trip to Iceland after reading the reviews. We were a tad nervous but all went well due to the wonderful staff. What you need to know: they provide a full ski-suit thing and a dry suit. You need to wear two pairs of good thick hiking socks - ideally wool based for warmth. Also wear one set of good thermals: top & leggings. You do not need a second set of thermals nor do you need a swim cap (as had been recommended in other reviews). Your face and a few fingers will get a bit cold during the snorkelling but nothing to worry about. Do this if you have a sense of adventure and are happy in water. Where else can you snorkel in crystal clear water between tectonic plates!!
"Amazing experience snorkeling with Arctic Adventures" | 5 stars By Annie 15/04/2018
We had the best time snorkeling the Silfra Fissure with Arctic Adventures. Our guide gave a 10-minute overview of the region and history of the region before we got into the water, and there were lots of other guides on hand to assist with putting on the suits and answering our questions. Snorkeling Silfra was the most memorable adventure of our 8 day road trip around the Ring Road, and I highly recommend this tour and this tour company.
"Una experiencia inolvidable" | 5 stars By Zaida Miranda Antepazo 17/04/2018
Sumergirnos en la fisura de silfra fue una experiencia única e increíble. Poder hacer snorkel entre dos placas tectónicas y en las aguas más claras del mundo es inolvidable. Además nuestra guía, Cristina, fue maravillosa. Nos ayudó en todo momemto y nos explicó perfectamente todos los detalles del parque natural y de la ruta que íbamos a hacer. En definitiva, una experiencia 100% recomendable.
"Snorkeling" | 4 stars By Andrew Scullion 28/04/2018
Christina was a great tour leader, I had my 14 yo daughter with me and she made her feel at ease and gave that little bit of extra attention that gave me confidence in her ability. I thought the cost of the photo package is ridiculous and should come as part of the package
"We had great fun on our snorkelling trip" | 5 stars By Cox Bogaards 04/05/2018
We had great fun on our snorkelling trip. Being able to snorkel in between the two tectonic plates was an extraordinary experience. Too bad the pictures that were taken of ua during the swim were so expensive. A while ago we went to a place in Spain where there was a voluntary contribution for the pictures. This was a great system which worked very well :) Tell Christos he should continue rocking this tour
"transportation arrangement" | 5 stars By kate 08/05/2018
We joined the tour with snorkeling and horse riding. The driver seems don't have much idea on how we get back from the horse farm back to city. We were dropped off at the horse farm and the car has just go away, we though there will be pick up offer by Arctic Adventures to bring us back to Rek downtown, but we later understand that it is not the case and the return transfer is arranged by the farm instead. Lucky we were picked by the car offered by the farm. the Overall we enjoy the tour so much (even with cold weather in summer). It would be better if the guide/driver can share us more information on the overall rundown and transportation arrangement.
"Snorkeling in Silfra" | 5 stars By Virginia 09/05/2018
Loved the energy and humour of our tour guide. Learned lots about the surrounding area before and during the tour. Worth every dollar. Definitely something to check off your bucket list and categorize you as a little crazy to go into 2° water
"Sofia snorkel" | 5 stars By Gary nunn 25/04/2018
Very well organised with all the information you need , the guide to location and parking was very good . The staff were very friendly and helpful . The equipment was very hi quality. The hole setup was very well organised with easy safe access and exit from the water . The Experian’s was so stunning I can put into words
"Awesome Adventure!" | 5 stars By Jeff 25/04/2018
Snorkeling with Arctic Adventures was amazing. Even on a cold rainy day the staff was cheerful and ready for us when we arrived. We geared up and got in the water and had quite an amazing time snorkeling around Silfra. If you want a totally different type of adventure I recommend this option! It was super fun!
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