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Snorkeling & Secret Lagoon

Silfra Fissure, The Secret Lagoon & Thingvellir National Park

Snorkel in the clearest water on earth & relax in a natural hot spring.

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Meet us for a breathtaking snorkeling tour in Silfra Fissure, one of the world’s most desirable snorkeling locations and discover this underwater paradise with its supernatural shades of blue and perfect visibility.

Snorkeling at Silfra Fissure has been rated one of the Top 5 activities in the world by Trip Advisor. This is the only place in the world where you will be able to snorkel between two continental plates! 

Afterward, you’ll be able to rejuvenate by taking a warm soak in the warm replenishing water of the Secret Lagoon, a natural hot spring located in the picturesque village of Flúðir.

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    ~ 6 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    12 years

  • Ratio

    1:6 / 1:19

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    18.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
The Secret Lagoon Hot Spring
Snorkel Between the Continental Plates
Silfra Fissure
Thingvellir National Park
Golden Circle Route
Included
Certified Dive Master guide
English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
Entrance Fee to the Secret Lagoon
All Required Safety Equipment
All Necessary Snorkeling Gear Including a Drysuit
Silfra Admission Fee
Hot Chocolate & Cookies

Thingvellir National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most important destinations in the entire of Iceland, combining spectacular natural scenery, rich history, and geological significance. It is the site of Althingi, Iceland’s original parliament that was first convened in 930 AD, making it one of the oldest democratic institutions in existence. This coupled with its unique geological location, which straddles the continents of both Europe and North America, ensures that Thingvellir is one of the most alluring destinations in the entire world. It is an area that was crafted by the molten lavas of Iceland’s capricious volcanos, meaning that its soil is fertile, and it has some mesmerizing rock formations. Thingvellir is an unforgettable place that all visitors to Iceland should cross off their bucket lists.

 

The Silfra Fissure

A sapphire jewel, situated in the heart of Thingvellir, this magnificent diving site is frequently rated as one of the world’s best. Silfra is essentially a crack between two tectonic plates, meaning that you will literally be swimming between America and Europe. This coupled with underwater visibility of more than 100 meters, thanks to the icy glacial waters that come from one of Europe’s largest glaciers, makes it a profound experience that will inspire awe and wonder in equal measure. The opportunity to explore this turquoise wonderland crammed with underwater treasures should not be missed. Our experienced guides will provide you with all the equipment that you need and take you into this otherworldly blue world, dotted with emerald plants and spectacular rock formations.

 

The Secret Lagoon

One of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland, this invigorating pool of nutrient-rich waters is set in a jaw-dropping volcanic landscape that will take your breath away. Its geothermal waters are heated to around 40 degrees, making it ideal for bathing. It is the perfect place to experience one of nature’s finest spas and allowing the volcanic waters to lap over you is one of the finest experiences that Iceland has to offer. Winter visitors may be lucky enough to see the dancing, flickering lights of the Aurora playing overhead: a truly magnificent sensation, which is enhanced by the milky volcanic waters of the lagoon. No trip to Iceland would be complete without a bath in one of its many hot springs, the Secret Lagoon is among the best of them, making it a must-visit during your stay.


Meet on location

Silfra – Silfra car park in Thingvellir.

Secret Lagoon – Flúðir village.

See map for more details.


Practical Information

Remember to bring: Warm undergarments, preferably fleece/wool (no cotton!), warm woolen socks, a change of clothes (just in case), swimsuit and towel.

What does meet on location entail?

Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

How does carbon offsetting work?

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at time of booking. The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us. Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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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