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 remarkably clear and has a visibility up to 100 meters. Snorkeling in Silfra is an unforgettable experience.
~ 5,5 hours
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Silfra Fissure
- Thingvellir National Park
- Snorkeling in Silfra
- North American & Eurasian Tectonic Plates
- 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 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.
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
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).
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.
All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkelling handbook.
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.
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.
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.
No. Unfortunately, glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend wearing contact lenses instead.
You are not able to participate in the snorkelling tour if you are pregnant.
Yes, the tour is directed in English and therefore you need to be able to understand English to participate.
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.
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)
Yes, you must be able to swim independently without a lifejacket, and you must be comfortable in the water.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our client to guide ratio is one guide for every 6 snorkelers.
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!
We use high quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three.
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.
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.
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.
"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 !!