Discover the secret underwater canyon between continents that makes Iceland a most unusual snorkeling destination!
Diving and snorkeling have become more and more popular in Iceland in recent years. Silfra fissure is a major factor in the increased interest and for a good reason too – Silfra is a spectacular underwater wonderland! The visibility is over a 100 m and the water originates from a glacier about 50 km away. As the water filters through lava, making its way to Silfra, it gets super clear. When snorkeling in Silfra you almost get the exact view as a diver and that’s such an amazing experience for a snorkeler.
But the visibility isn’t the only extraordinary thing about Silfra.
Silfra is actually a rift, crack or a fissure. It’s where the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates drift apart and it’s the only place in the whole world where you can go snorkeling or diving in between tectonic plates. Now how’s that for a story to tell when you get home!
4 hours w. pick up / 2 hours without
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Þingvellir national park (Thingvellir)
- Silfra fissure
- North American and Eurasian tectonic plates
The Silfra Fissure is one of Iceland’s most desirable snorkeling spots. Located in the heart of Thingvellir National Park, this narrow channel of blue water meandering through a giant lava field does not look like much on the surface. But below, supernatural shades of blue, perfect visibility and incredible rock formations make up a magical sub-aquatic paradise. Enjoy a great snorkeling experience as you drift peacefully in the comfort of a warmly insulated drysuit accompanied by our highly skilled guides. Silfra, frequently rated as one of the world’s top ten dive sites, is located between the tectonic plates of Europe and America. With up to 100 meters of underwater visibility, Silfra is truly a mesmerizing site, not to be missed by any snorkeler, experienced or not.
Into the Blue offers a relaxing but exotic trip in a highly unique and captivating environment!
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.
Please note that the National park charges a small parking fee for those that choose to meet on location.
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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend to wear contact lenses instead.
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
The minimum height/weight is 150cm&45 kg. The maximum height weight is 200cm&120 kg.
You need to know how to swim independently in order to enjoy this adventure.
All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkeling handbook.
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 of snorkeling, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.