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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 remarkably clear and has a visibility up to 100 meters. Snorkeling in Silfra is an unforgettable experience.

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    ~ 5,5 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    12 years

  • Ratio

    1:6

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    20.490 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Silfra Fissure
Thingvellir National Park
Snorkeling in Silfra
North American & Eurasian Tectonic Plates
Included
Pick-up & drop off in Reykjavík
All Necessary Snorkeling Gear
English Speaking Tour Guide
Certified PADI Diveguide / Divemaster
All Necessary Safety Equipment
Silfra Admission Fee
Hot Chocolate & Cookies
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Silfra fissure snorkeling tour from Reykjavik

Silfra is located in Thingvellir National Park in Iceland, known for being one of the three key attractions of the Golden Circle. This tour 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 to safely and confidently snorkel through the Silfra Fissure. The water temperature at Silfra is between 2 C and 4 C but you will be nicely insulated in an undersuit and 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. We warm up with a nice cup of hot cocoa before heading back to Reykjavik. Bring a waterproof camera because the photo opportunities are incredible!


Pick-up Information

Pick up is at 08:30 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much 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 13:00 pm / 17:00 pm approximately.


Meet on location

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


Practical Information

Remember to bring: Warm long underwear, preferably fleece/wool (no cotton!), warm woollen socks and a change of clothes (can happen that your baselayer and socks get a bit wet).


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.


 

What is the best way to prepare for the tour?

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

Can I bring my camera on my snorkeling tour?

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.

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.

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, 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 3 900 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.

Can I wear glasses during the snorkeling?

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

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

You are not able to participate in the snorkelling 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, the tour is directed in English and therefore you need to be able to understand English to participate.

Can we do snorkeling and diving at the same time?

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.

What are the requirements for snorkeling in Silfra?

You need to be more than 12 years old ( guardian’s approval needed for minors under 18) and 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.

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?

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

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 previous experience to snorkel?

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.

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?

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.

What equipment do you provide?

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.

How many snorkelers will be on each tour?

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

What is the temperature in Silfra Fissure?

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!

What kind of dry suits do you provide?

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

Are there toilet facilities in Silfra?

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.

Is there any life in Silfra?

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.

How deep is Silfra fissure?

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.

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