Overview

Plunge into the waters separating the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and traverse lava fields from atop pure-bred Icelandic Horses.

Tour Highlights

  • Delve into the crystal blue waters of the Silfra Fissure
  • Ride native, pure-bred Icelandic Horses
  • See the Icelandic countryside outside Reykjavik
  • Visit Thingvellir National Park, one of Iceland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Dive into the crystal clear waters of the Silfra Fissure in Iceland’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park. Snorkel through the rift separating the two shifting North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, voted one of the world’s top 5 experiences by Trip Advisor’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice. Then find yourself at Laxnes Horse Farm and climb up onto the back of a native, pure-bred Icelandic horse and explore the wild countryside alongside your new friend and an expert guide.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group
Available All Year
Duration 9 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Level Moderate
Ratio 1:6 Guide to client ratio
Minimum age 12
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

30 490 ISK

Per Adult

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What's included

Included

  • Silfra snorkeling, drysuit, mask, and all other necessary equipment
  • Horse riding, including helmet and any other gear needed
  • Thingvellir Silfra entrance fee (1500 ISK)
  • Pick-up from your accommodation in Reykjavik

What to bring

  • Warm long underwear
  • Warm socks
  • Warm pants (no jeans)
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Contact Lenses (if needed)
  • Waterproof camera

Not Included

  • Meals and refreshments (can be purchased on-site at Laxnes Horse Farm)

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Itinerary

About Tour

Your day will begin at 8:30 in the morning when you are picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik. We’ll drive out to the Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Once at the Silfra diving site, your guides will deck you out in your drysuit and mask, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Then you’ll jump into Silfra’s pristine, clearest waters and snorkel up the narrow volcanic fissure.

Peer deep into the crystal water between the continental plates, with over 325 feet (100 meters) of visibility beneath the surface. Feel weightless for a full 30-40 minutes as you cruise through the otherworldly underwater crag.

After emerging from the fissure, it will be time to dry off and head to Laxnes Horse Farm, located just outside Reykjavik in Mosfellsbær, for a rest and a quick lunch. You can bring a meal with you or choose to purchase food and drink on-site.

You will then take time to meet the horses and gear up before heading out into the rolling hills and lava fields of the Icelandic countryside. Your expert guide will help you up onto your furry, pure-bred horse and then you off you go on an amazing experience. 

Follow your guide through the exotic, alien landscape and enjoy the remarkable and endless views as you trot along the trail. Riding your hardy Icelandic horse in and out of the blooming, rolling hills and lava rocks will have you wondering how you ended up in a fairytale.

After the ride, you’ll dismount your horse, exit the storybook, and be given a ride back to Reykjavik where it all began. Exclusive, unique, and only found in Iceland — an arctic adventure straight from a dream!

Pick-up from the meeting point (your accommodation) in Reykjavik is at 8:30 a.m. and please be aware that it may take up to 30 minutes to arrive.

  • You must be able to swim to participate.
  • Children must be 12 or older to participate and minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • You cannot wear glasses underneath the goggles. If you have prescription goggles, please bring those. If not, we advise you to get contact lenses before you join us for snorkeling.
  • You are unable to participate in the snorkeling tour if you are pregnant, due to the small risk of cold water entering the suit.

Participants must sign a waiver before undertaking our horseback riding tour and snorkeling in Iceland stating that they understand that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

Disclaimer

Please read our disclaimer.

FAQ

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

No, you don’t need any prior snorkeling experience. However, you’re required to know how to swim and be comfortable in the water in order to snorkel in Silfra.

Yes, you should be able to swim independently and feel comfortable in the water. However, you don’t have to be a strong swimmer to enjoy snorkeling in Silfra. If you know the basics, you’re good to go!

Yes, the requirements are as follows:

  • Must be at least 12 years old 
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or an adult guardian booked on the same tour
  • Height limit is 4 ft, 11 in (150 cm) to 6 ft, 7 in (200 cm)
  • Weight limit is 99 lb (45 kg) to 265 lb (120 kg)
  • If you don't fall within these parameters, we won't be able to provide you with suitable equipment
  • Snorkeling involves a moderate level of exercise, you must be reasonably fit 
  • If you’re pregnant, you will not be allowed to participate due to the small risk of cold water entering the suit
  • It’s important that you can both understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour
  • All participants are required to read over our snorkeling handbook prior to going on the tour
  • The snorkeling handbook includes important information regarding medical conditions that are not allowed in Silfra, etc.

We recommend wearing a thin thermal base layer and warm socks. Materials like wool, fleece, or synthetics work best. The main goal is to wear something that will keep you warm. Cotton is not recommended.

We provide you with two layers of clothing: a thermal undersuit and a neoprene dry suit. We also provide you with a mask, a snorkel, fins, a wetsuit hood, and wetsuit gloves.

We use top-notch dry suits made by Waterproof or 0´Three, we’ll do our best to find the best fit for you. There is still a small chance that some water can enter your dry suit. Don’t worry, it's not dangerous but it will feel a little cold. 

Just to be safe, we recommend bringing a change of clothes and a towel. While you’re snorkeling, your face, hair, and hands will get wet, but that’s normal and shouldn’t make you too cold.

Typically, we spend about 30-45 minutes snorkeling in the Silfra Fissure. After we finish our route, you can choose to either get out of the water or swim around a bit longer and explore the Silfra Lagoon.