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Into the Blue - Snorkeling in Silfra from Reykjavik

Silfra fissure in Thingvellir National Park

Snorkel in between Europe and America in the Silfra Fissure!

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!

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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.

  • Availability
    All year
  • Duration
    5,5 hours
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    12
  • Ratio
    1:6
  • Price from
    21.900 ISK
Tour highlights
Silfra fissure
Thingvellir National Park
Snorkeling in Silfra
North American and Eurasian tectonic plates
Included
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!

Requirements: Participants need to be able to swim. If you are pregnant you are unable to participate due to the small risk of cold water entering the suit. All participants need to fill out our medical form

Weight limit: 45-120 kg
Height limit: 150-200 cm
Age Limit: 12 years old minimum. Guardian´s approval needed for minors under 18. If over 60 years old you need a written Physician´s approval

Medical form
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 are over 60 years old, or 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.

Remember to bring: Warm long underwear, preferably fleece/wool (no cotton!), warm woolen socks and a change of clothes (just in case). Filled out medical form to show your guide.

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.

Need glasses?

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.

Swimming

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.

Meet on location:
If you want to meet us on location please see our Snorkeling in Silfra tour

Can I bring my camera on my snorkeling 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.

Where is the meeting point for the snorkeling tours at Þingvellir?

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).

Do you take photos on the snorkeling tours?

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.

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.

Can we do snorkeling and diving at the same time?

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.

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

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.

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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