Overview

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

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
Availability All Year
Duration 9 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Moderate
Ratio 1:6 Guide to client ratio
Minimum age 12
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

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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.

FAQ

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

All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkeling handbook.

Yes, you are allowed to bring your camera along, but we recommend to have a waterproof one if you want to have it in the water with you.

If you are planning on meeting us at the location than the meeting point is at the Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National Park.

GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W

Please note that the National Park charges a small parking fee of 500 ISK.
We kindly ask you to be at the Silfra car park at least 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.

Unfortunately, you cannot wear glasses as the glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend wearing contact lenses instead.

You are not allowed to participate in our snorkeling tour if you are pregnant as it can put your baby in high risk.

Yes, you must be able to understand English to a participant. The tour is directed in English.

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)

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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 feel comfortable in the water to take part in the tour.

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. 

No, you do not need any previous experience to snorkel, however, it is important that you can swim independently and feel comfortable in the water.

We highly recommend long underwear and some warm socks. Wool or fleece is the best material to wear. You’ll be wearing the clothing under the dry suit.

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.

Our client to guide ratio is 1 guide for every 6 snorkelers

The water temperature is 2-4 degrees C (35-37 degrees F) all year round.

Yes, there are two toilet facilities at Silfra.

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.

Silfra can be up to 60m deep. However, when you’re diving in Silfra than you will go about 7 to 12m deep, and the maximum diving depth that is permitted is 18m.

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