Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park is the perfect day tour from Reykjavik. Floating through the crystal clear water of Silfra, one of the best dive sites in the world, is something you won't forget!
Snorkeling in Iceland has become one of the most popular things to do because of Silfra fissure. On this tour, you will snorkel in Silfra which is located in Thingvellir National Park which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Silfra is a rift that opens between the tectonic plates of North America and Europe, so you will be snorkeling in between the continents. The water in Silfra is remarkable clear and has a visibility up to 100 meters. Snorkeling in Silfra is an unforgettable experience.
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Silfra fissure
- Thingvellir National Park
- Snorkeling in Silfra
- North American and Eurasian tectonic plates
- All necessary snorkeling gear
- Certified PADI Diveguide / Divemaster
- Silfra admission fee
- Transportation from your accommodation in Reykjavik
Silfra fissure snorkeling tour
Silfra Iceland offers a breathtaking snorkeling experience which is frequently rated as one of the world´s top ten dives. Snorkeling here in the canyon between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which have been moving apart at the rate of 2 cm per year, will take you into a magical sub-aquatic world. Colorful marine algae, including the bright green kind, often called ‘troll hair’ add jewel bright colors to this deep blue world. The water at Silfra flowed from Langjökull (Long Glacier), it has been purified on its journey through lava for around half a century, giving Silfra the unrivaled crystal clear visibility for which it is famous. This really is a remarkable dive, truly a once in a lifetime dive!
Our experienced and well qualified specialist diving guides will ensure you are provided with all of the equipment and information you need. The water temperature at Silfra is between 2 C and 4 C but but you will be nicely insulated in a drysuit. Whether you are an experienced snorkeler or a beginner this dive is an absolutely mesmerizing experience!
As you glide through Silfra extraordinary rock formations will be revealed to you. There are four sections, each with a different character: the deep Silfra Crack, the majestic Silfra Hall, the expansive and rich blue world of Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon which has the most incredible visibility. The photo opportunities are incredible!
Age Limit: 12 years old minimum. Guardian´s approval needed for minors under 18.
Dry suit sizes: Please see the Handbook for available sizes
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
Remember to bring: Warm long underwear, preferably fleece/wool (no cotton!), warm woolen socks and a change of clothes (can happen that your baselayer and socks get a bit wet).
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.
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 independently in order to enjoy this adventure
Meet on location:
If you want to meet us on location please see our Snorkeling in Silfra tour
Food is not included in the tour.
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 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.
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.
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 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 20.900 ISK per person.
If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.
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"Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure - So Pretty!"
This is my favorite activity I did in Iceland! The water is so clear and the water bubble on the seaweed look like pearls! The whole adventure seems like a fantasy. I went in September so the weather was slightly chilly – but those wetsuit is amazingly warm and kept you cosy. Also even if you can’t swim, don’t worry. Those suit has great buoyancy. Tip – if you want to film – best use an action cam or go pro. Phone in Waterproof pouch might not be best – because the pressure of water is still pretty heavy and also, it’s hard to tap if you need anything. Tip2 – if you drive there yourself and park nearby the lake – you should go to the visitor center first to get a parking permit. but if you park at the visitor center – it’s free, and there will be a van to pick up and drive you to the lake. van will also drop you off back at center.
“Can't say enough good things about it! ”
The experience was absolutely fabulous. Thanks to the beautifull weather the visibility was remarkable. As beginning snorkler we were well informed before going into the water, and the company of the guides in the water was comforting. All we needed to do was enjoying the gliding through the Silfra Crack. So happy we did this !!