Overview

Journey to the heart of Thingvellir National Park, to take the most incredible dive of your life: you will be snorkeling inside The Silfra Fissure, one of the most amazing places in the world. Silfra is actually a rift in the Earth between two tectonic plates. Swim in the gap between Europe and North America in crystal-clear water. The Silfra Fissure was named as one of the Top 5 activities in the world by TripAdvisor.

Highlights

  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Snorkeling between the tectonic plates
  • Silfra Fissure
  • Small Group Tour
  • Snorkel the world's clearest water
  • Free snorkeling photos
  • Tour is of Iceland's biggest snorkeling operator!
  • Book with the pros - Safe & Professional
  • A 100-Meter visibility gives a sensation of flying
  • An absolute must-do when in Iceland

You will experience a truly breath-taking experience, as you drift peacefully through the electric blue waters of the Silfra Fissure. The water is astoundingly clear, because it is glacial water from the Langjökull Glacier, meaning that the temperature is about 2-4 degrees. But don’t worry, we provide fully insulated dry-suits and there will be a certified expert with you at all times. The water in Silfra is as pure as water can get: meaning that you can drink it at any time during the dive!

Silfra is also the only place in the world, where you can swim between two continents: those of North America and Europe, which are actually drifting apart (at a rate of 2cm a year)! This combined with the incredible visibility makes Silfra and experience that you won’t want to miss! Our ‘into the blue tour’ offers you the chance to take a journey into an alien world: both beautiful and captivating.

Please check our snorkeling handbook for more information about the tour.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • Small group
Availability All Year
Duration 3 / 5.5 hours
Departs From Thingvellir / Reykjavik
Difficulty Moderate
Minimum age 12
Ratio 1:6 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

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What's included

Included

  • Certified PADI Diveguide / Divemaster
  • All necessary snorkeling gear
  • Hot chocolate and cookies
  • Thingvellir Silfra entrance fee (1500 ISK)
  • Certified Dive Master guide
  • Free snorkeling photos

What to bring

  • Fleece or wool underclothing and socks
  • Waterproof camera
  • Extra set of clothes
  • Towel
  • Waterproof top layer of clothes (only with Golden Circle add-on)
  • Gloves (only with Golden Circle add-on)
  • Sturdy shoes (only with Golden Circle add-on)
  • Packed lunch (only with Golden Circle add-on)

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

Want photos from the snorkeling tour?

We try to offer everybody who snorkels in Silfra the chance to have their photo taken, whilst experiencing the wonders of Silfra (and most people take us up on the offer, in such a stunning and unique setting). You can buy the photos at the end of the tour for 3900 ISK, using either cards or cash. Just make sure to let your friendly guide know once you get there (before you walk to Silfra). Kindly note that we cannot guarantee that your photo can be taken.

Snorkeling Silfra Near The Rocks In Iceland

Silfra is located in the heart of the historic Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fissure opened after a strong earthquake in 1789. The North American and Eurasian tectonic plates continue to move apart farther apart at a rate of about 0.79 in (2 cm) every year.

To get to Silfra for your snorkeling trip, you can choose to be picked up from your selected location in Reykjavik. You may also choose to meet us on-location at Thingvellir, where our friendly guides will be waiting for you.

The best part is that you don’t need any certification or previous snorkeling experience. The only requirements are that you’re healthy, adventurous, and able to swim!

Once you’re at Silfra, you’ll be given all the necessary equipment and put on your drysuit. You’ll swim in the “lazy current,” a stream of glacial water that flows slowly in the fissure. The pure glacial water filling the rift has been filtered by lava rock for decades, so feel free to take a sip while you’re there!

Marvel at the contrast between the deep blue water shades with the lime green and orange seaweed along with the dark brown rocks. You’ll discover spectacular rock formations as you glide through the four sections of Silfra:

  • Silfra Big Crack is the narrowest section 394-ft (120 m) long, where the tectonic plates are extremely close to each other.
  • Silfra Hall is 26-ft (8 m) wide and 46-ft (14 m) deep, with more light and massive rocks on the bottom.
  • Silfra Cathedral is 328-ft (100 m) long and 75-ft (23 m) deep, where swimming feels like flying.
  • Silfra Lagoon is the 16-ft (5 m) deep section with the best visibility and bright green algae.

When you finish snorkeling, you’ll be welcomed at the surface with cocoa and cookies to warm you up as you enjoy the panorama of Thingvellir. One more reason to add this experience to your bucket list!

Important note: Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim. You are unable to participate if you are pregnant, due to the small risk of cold water entering the suit.

Weight limit: 45-120 kg
Height limit: 150 cm -200 cm
Age Limit: 12 years old minimum. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian booked on the same tour.
English: It is important that you can both understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour.

Please check our snorkeling handbook for more information about the tour.

If you are planning to meet us at Silfra, then please come to the Silfra car park at Thingvellir National park. Then once you have parked, walk about 400m back up the road, until you reach a smaller car park containing all the snorkel and dive vans. Once you have got there then you can look for your guide. Please make sure that you arrive at Silfra car park early enough to meet your guide 15 minutes before the tour is due to start. Trust us seeing the icy blue waters of Silfra is definitely worth it!

GPS to meeting location: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W

  • You can choose to be picked up from Reykjavik at 9 a.m. from your hotel or a nearby meeting point. You can find the list of available pick-up points in Reykjavik on our information page. Please be aware that picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, so your patience is greatly appreciated. 
  • 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 (3.98 USD).

You won’t be able to wear glasses underneath your snorkeling mask, while you are in the water. So if you need glasses then we recommend that you make alternative arrangements: either acquiring a prescription mask or using contact lenses on the tour.

  • Please check our snorkeling handbook for more information about the tour.
  • Participants must be 12 years or older. Participants under 18 years old need approval from a parent or legal guardian. 
  • The weight limit for the participants: 99-264 lbs (45-120kg). The height limit for the participants: 59-78 in (150 - 200cm). 
  • All participants must be able to swim.
  • You cannot participate if you are pregnant, due to the small risk of cold water entering the suit.
  • This tour sells out frequently. We recommend booking this tour well in advance.
  • You cannot wear glasses underneath the snorkeling mask. Please wear contact lenses or bring your own mask with prescription.
  • all snorkeling trips undertaken are the responsibility of its participants. Adventures.com does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver stating that they realize that outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.

Meet snorkeling guides

Nick

Nick

"Captain Light"

Nick got nicknamed Captain Light because he also leads the famous Northern Lights hunts in winter. Growing up as a diver in the Red Sea, Nick soon realized teaching and guiding divers was a passion to be shared. He also worked as an oil and gas diver, so he simply cannot leave a single rock, shell, wreck or cave unexplored! Having been a part of the Arctic Adventures family for over 4 years, Nick knows the ins and outs of top diving spots around Iceland and is ready to plan your next diving adventure.

Kuba

Kuba

Aquaman

Kuba is our resident adventure man. He dives under ice, drives super trucks, snowmobiles on glaciers, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! A true explorer, Kuba will take you on even the most extreme diving adventures as long as you are ready for them.

Becca

Becca

Miss Media

Becca is our diving/social media selfie queen. Arriving in Iceland as a diver from the UK, she demonstrated mad skills in her dry suit and soon developed into an exceptional diving guide. Plus, she is an all-round selfie guru of Iceland’s hot spots, so great pictures are guaranteed.

Eliska

Eliska

Queen of the North

Coming from the Czech Republic, Elsika has made Iceland her home and loves to dive. She is a true explorer. Every day Elsika is in search of a buddy with whom to discover a new diving location in Iceland. Always with a smile on her face, Eliska will make your diving tour a happy experience even on a cold and rainy day.

Halli

Halli

Resident Viking

Our resident Icelander Halli loves to dress in orange, so it’s impossible to lose him underwater. On top of sharing his top level expertise in diving, Halli will have you smiling and laughing at all the tales and sagas of his country’s great history.

Reviews

5
Based on 3 reviews

Silfra Snorkeling Day Tour

1- of 3 reviews

Well worth the wait

Reviewed on July 12, 2019 by Damian Manfre From our post-trip system

I'd been wanting to dive silfra from the day I learned, but after 10 months away from home, diving wasn't exactly in our budget, however snorkelling with Arctic Adventures was above and beyond my expectations, I couldn't have hoped fir a better experience. Equipment provided was top notch, and our guide was a legend. Would 100% recommend

Silfra snorkeling experience

Reviewed on July 12, 2019 by Matthew Schwab From our post-trip system

I took my girlfriend to snorkel Silfra for her birthday and it was AMAZING. Coldo was the name of our guide and his energy was infectious, he made the tour have a sense of family about it and he was very passionate about his work. Highly recommend Arctic Adventures and Coldo as a guide if you are lucky enough to get him. Enjoy Iceland!

Koldo was the BEST guide!!

Reviewed on July 04, 2019 by Angela From our post-trip system

We LOVED our experience at the Silfra fissure snorkel adventure. I almost wasn't able to go because of claustrophobia with the dry suit. My guide was so patient and talked me through it so I was able to enjoy the experience. It was even more beautiful in person than in the pictures. Even though the water is just above freezing, I did not feel too cold (and I am from Florida!). Overall it was an AMAZING experience that I absolutely recommend.

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.

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