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!
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
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.
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 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
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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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 !!