This unique combo tour will introduce you to the underground world that lies beneath the land of ice and fire. Zip up your drysuit and dip into the crystal-clear blue waters of the Silfra Fissure, then strap on a headlight and step into the eerie and pitch-black Raufarholshellir Cave. The snorkeling takes place in Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was rated a top-five experience in Trip Advisor’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards.
This adventure is a fulfilling yet exotic way to witness how Iceland has been transformed by eruptions and earthquakes over the millennia!
Your tour will begin when you’re picked up from your selected location in Reykjavik. The volcanic landscape of Iceland is rich in lava tube caves that have formed as a result of eruptions over the millennia. We start out at Raufarholshellir volcanic cave just a short drive from Reykjavik.
The ancient lava flows have created incredible formations and unique patterns in the rock. In winter, you can also see the glistening naturally-formed ice sculptures that contrast with the dark stalagmites, stalactites, and other formations.
The 1360-m (4500-ft) long Raufarholshellir is Iceland's third-largest lava tube.
Hiking in this otherworldly lava tunnel is not considered difficult. However, be aware that in some places you might have to get down on hands and knees or duck your head. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of open spaces to take outstanding pictures too!
After the cave exploration, you’ll have time to grab lunch before moving onto the second part of your adventure. Prepare for snorkeling in Iceland’s cherished natural wonder!
For part two of this trip, we go to Thingvellir National park for some snorkeling action in the Silfra Fissure. This rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates is famous for the clearest water on Earth. It’s a must-do for anyone seeking a different kind of snorkeling or diving tour. The visibility in Silfra reaches beyond 100 meters, and there is plenty to admire down there!
Float weightlessly above the rift. Find yourself surrounded by vivid shades of blue, interrupted by the sun rays as they slice through the underwater canyon. Marvel at the bronze walls of the fracture and touch the green algae as you swim.
The meltwaters originate at Langjökull Glacier and are filtered over decades by porous lava rocks. There’s no harm in taking a sip of the pristine glacial water while you’re there!
Before we head back to Reykjavik, we’ll take a quick moment to enjoy the spectacular view of Thingvellir along with some hot chocolate and cookies.
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.
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.
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 won’t be in the water exactly at the same time.
It is a magical experience. When snorkeling 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 as well very enjoyable to stay in the water despite the cold temperature. Tripadvisor recently rated Snorkeling at Silfra as one of the Top 5 travel experiences in the world.
We provide you with high-quality neoprene dry suit so that your body stays dry. There is always a small risk that water can enter the dry suit, that is not dangerous but you can feel a little cold, therefore, we recommend you to bring an extra spare set of clothes and a towel, just in case. Note that your hands and face will get wet, which is completely normal.
You will be provided with high-quality neoprene dry suit from Waterproof International and O’Three. As well as neoprene hood and gloves to protect your head and hands from the cold. You’ll also be given fins, mask, and snorkel.
Occasionally fish venture into Silfra from Þingvallavatn lake, but they will quickly swim back as they don’t like the cold glacier water. However, there is a lot of colorful seaweed including a bright green variety known as ‘’troll hair’’, which makes the fissure unlike anything on the surface.
The Icelandic weather is very unpredictable therefore we highly recommend to dress in layers. Warm layers closest to you preferably wool/thermal underwear, pants sweater and on top waterproof outdoor clothing. It is also suitable to wear good hiking shoes and gloves. Jeans have proven to be a bad choice.