Guided tour

Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure - Small Group Adventure

Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure - Small Group Adventure

From US$ 136.11 per person

Brave the chilly waters of Iceland's Thingvellir Lake and go snorkeling in Silfra lava fissure between the American and European continents.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 2 - 4 hours
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Pickup optional
Pickup available from authorized Reykjavik pickup points. Please note, pickup can take up to 30-minutes to arrive.
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Snorkel in one of the world's top-10 dive sites, at the Silfra Lava Fissure
  • Swim over the divide between the American and European continental plates
  • Enjoy unique underwater visibility in the crystal clear waters of Thingvellir Lake
  • Drink in the history, culture and geological importance that make up one of Iceland‘s most sacred sit
Full description

Undergo a unique underwater experience by snorkeling in the Silfra fissure on a half-day tour from Reykjavik. Frequently rated as one of the world's top 10 dive sites, Silfra offers up to 100 m (300 ft) of underwater visibility.

Admire views of Iceland's stunning landscape as you ride from Reykjavik to the heart of Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Snorkel in this location for 1 hour with your guide, before returning to the warmth of the tour van and heading back to Reykjavik.

The cold waters melt off a glacier 50 km (30 miles) away, and make their way through lava fields to beautiful Thingvellir Lake.

Although the chilly waters are too cold to support much in the way of marine life, Iceland's Silfra crack runs down between the American and European continental plates and offers amazing underwater views. 

Includes
  • Small group experience
  • PADI certified Diveguide/Divemaster
  • All necessary snorkeling gear
  • Silfra admission fee
  • Free Wi-Fi On Board
  • Food and drinks
  • Pick-up from Reykjavik (can be purchased upon booking)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

If you do not require pick-up from Reykjavík, then meet at the Silfra parking lot. Directions to park: park at Thingvellir Parking P5 (can be found on google maps). This is the 2nd car park, 400m further down the road from where you'll be diving from. Directions to meet your guide: Walk 400m back along the road until you reach the car park with all the snorkel and dive vans. Your guide will be waiting here. There are other companies at the site so make sure you go to the right one and show your voucher. Please be ready to meet your guide 15 minutes prior to tour start time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Change of clothes

Know before you go

  • Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim
  • Pregnant women are unable to participate due to the small risk of cold water entering the suit
  • Duration: between 3-5 hours depending on pick-up or meeting point
  • Minimum age: 12 years old and over 45kg and 150cm tall
  • Remember to bring: warm undergarments, preferably fleece/wool (no cotton!), warm woolen socks and a change of clothes (just in case) - you will get a specially made suit to keep you warm and dry in the glacier water
  • Please remember to read the snorkeling handbook prior to your snorkeling adventure. The handbook provides you with all the necessary information you will need to be able to prepare for your Silfra adventure. Link to the handbook: https://adventures.is/media/228592/aa-snorkeling-silfra-guide.pdf
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 183 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    3.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Despite it being fairly cold, the guides were very helpful and kind and provided a comfortable experience! The experience itself was mentally challenging as your in a pretty tight dry suit with a little constriction around your neck but it gets better over time and once you’re in the freezing cold water, your mind doesn’t have a chance to worry as your lips are going numb and hands are cold and wet. This is a good thing because it’s expected and you can use the rest of your attention to enjoy the beautiful underwater scenery! Overall, a great experience and would do it a second time as the second time wouldn’t come with all the nerves :D

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October 17, 2021

It was fun, just we could not get at a time, because it was not clear where we should leave our car. Still, it was fun. We were afraid of cold water, but with dry suit, it was ok. Face got wet and a little bit of hairs, but we did not needed towels or something. Also, face was cold, but not too much, it worth that :)

October 4, 2021

Fantastic experience! Beautiful, clear water, helpful guide, and lovely views all around. This was one of my favorite things we did in Iceland. I was very worried that my hands and feet were going to be too cold (I get Raynaud's), but actually while hands were quite cold, it wasn't as bad as I was expecting (I think partly because the dry suit keeps your body completely warm), and they warm you up quite quickly with hot cocoa afterwards. Very well worth doing--don't let the cold put you off!

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September 28, 2021

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