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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 (45 min in the water)

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    12

  • Ratio

    1:6

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • 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
Hot chocolate and cookies

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!

Age Limit: 12 years old minimum. Guardian’s approval is needed for minors under 18 years.

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).

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

Please note

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 rent 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 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.

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/weight is 150cm&45 kg. The maximum height weight is 200cm&120 kg.

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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If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.

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