Water activity

Silfra: Snorkeling Between Tectonic Plates, Meet on Location

Water activity

Silfra: Snorkeling Between Tectonic Plates, Meet on Location

From US$ 165.31 per person

Float between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates in the clear water of the Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park on this guided snorkeling tour.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Silfra Fissure
  • Discover where the two tectonic plates are drifting apart
  • Marvel at the colors of the pure glacial meltwater
  • Get back to nature in the beautiful Thingvellir National Park
  • Float between the continents in the underworld of Iceland
Full description

Enjoy a snorkeling tour of the Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the wonders of the famous Golden Circle route. Float between two tectonic plates in the clearest water in the world with 300 feet, or 100 meters, of visibility.

Once you arrive at Silfra, you will be divided into groups of 6 people, one group per guide. Gear up in a wetsuit to keep you warm and comfortable in the cold water. After a safety briefing, make your way to the entry platform to spend about 45 minutes in the water.

Float through what is called the Big Crack, Silfra’s narrowest section where the continental plates are so close you can almost touch them. The fissure then widens into Silfra Hall. If you look from the right angle, you can see all the way to lake Thingvallavatn, over 150 meters away. 

Enter the Silfra Cathedral at the depth of 23 meters and feel like you’re flying over the boulders and glacial silt. End the snorkeling adventure at the Silfra Lagoon. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies to warm up. Chat with your guide and ask any questions you might have.

  • Snorkeling gear
  • Drysuit and warm undersuit
  • Live guide/PADI instructor
  • Entrance fee to Silfra (ISK 1,500)
  • Heated van to change clothes
  • Hot chocolate and cookies
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People under 3 ft 9 in (120 cm)
  • People under 99 lbs (45 kg)

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Meeting point

Meet at the Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park. Turn into road 36 and keep going straight until you see the local partner's company cars, which are parked at the Silfra Meeting Point. Continue a little further to the parking lot P5 to park. For more information check the website: dive.is/about-us/meeting-point-at-silfra.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Thermal underwear, thick socks, and warm clothes are recommended
  • Bring contact lenses if you wear glasses
  • All participants must read and sign a medical statement to take part
  • Participants over the age of 60 need a physicians approval to join the tour
  • You don’t need to be a certified diver, this activity is suitable for anyone over the age of 12 who feels comfortable in water and knows how to swim
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 69 reviews

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Definitely a must do when you visit Iceland. Went together with my girlfriend (her first time) and she loved it. She was a bit concerned since the water is cold. But you have a double suit on and it wasn’t that cold. Besides that we had an amazing guide (Giancarlo) who helped us with everything and explained everything very well. So definitely a must do when you visit Iceland!

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May 15, 2023

Great activity and amazing sights! Definitely a fun experience. Extremely extremely cold so be prepared! Staff were lovely. Just a lot of waiting around. Everyone arriving for the same start time, all checking in, getting changed etc. 2.5 hours of activity for probably only 30 mins of snorkelling. Would be good if arrival times were staggered.

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March 18, 2023

If you are going to Iceland, then snorkeling/diving at Silfra should be on top of your bucket list. It's a very memorable experience. fissure crevice and rock colums inside water are mesmerizing and so is the clarity and visibility of the water that can go upto 100+ meters. i'll let you on a secret... you can drink the water in Silfra as it is a very clean fresh water fissure.

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October 4, 2022

Product ID: 137861