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Silfra: Fissure Snorkeling Tour with Underwater Photos

1. Silfra: Fissure Snorkeling Tour with Underwater Photos

Snorkel at a site that National Geographic called one of the top dive sites in the world with this tour of the Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park. Stay warm as you explore this magical underwater glacial world with a high-quality dry suit. Swim through pure, filtered glacial meltwater. Keep your eyes peeled for local plant species and marine life like the dwarf char. Explore the valley where the tectonic plates of North America and Europe drift further apart every year, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park.

Silfra: Half-Day Snorkeling Day Trip with Underwater Photos

2. Silfra: Half-Day Snorkeling Day Trip with Underwater Photos

Have an out-of-this-world adventure while drysuit snorkeling in Silfra rift, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Thingvellir National Park. The hidden natural wonder has 100 meters of underwater visibility with bright colors that make the experience almost unrealistic. Meet your guide and group directly at the site in Silfra and prepare to travel between two continents in the rift. Be guided through magnificent scenery and view Silfra from the surface while the slow current carries you through the stunning underwater landscape. Stay dry underneath your drysuit or, for the more adventurous, choose the wetsuit to feel the natural cool waters. Snorkel through the pure and clean waters of Silfra and end the tour in a lagoon often called "the real blue lagoon" because of the bright blue color of its water. 

From Reykjavik: Silfra Fissure Snorkeling Half-Day Trip

3. From Reykjavik: Silfra Fissure Snorkeling Half-Day Trip

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 45 min 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.

Silfra: Snorkeling Between Tectonic Plates, Meet on Location

4. Silfra: Snorkeling Between Tectonic Plates, Meet on Location

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.

From Reykjavik: Silfra Snorkeling with Underwater Photos

5. From Reykjavik: Silfra Snorkeling with Underwater Photos

Enjoy a guided wetsuit snorkeling tour in the Silfra fissure, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park. Leave Reykjavik behind and discover this hidden natural wonder, where the 100-meter underwater visibility and bright colors make the experience almost unrealistic. Immerse yourself in the pristine water of Silfra—some of the purest waters on the planet. When snorkeling in Silfra, travel between two continents, ending the tour in a lagoon often called "the real blue lagoon" because of the bright blue color of the water. Snorkeling in Silfra fissure, where you are guided into this magnificent scenery, is a total must-see for all nature and adventure-thirsty travelers. Enjoy freedom in terms of movements and free dive by holding your breath. Stay dry underneath your drysuit or, for the more adventurous, choose a wetsuit to feel the natural cool waters. The wetsuits used are six millimeter in thickness and isolate the body well from the cold water. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and leave feeling reinvigorated

From Reykjavík: Golden Circle with Snorkel in Silfra

6. From Reykjavík: Golden Circle with Snorkel in Silfra

Experience the different geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle on a small group tour from Reykjavik. Listen to Icelandic music as you travel by minibus to Þingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart. Gaze in awe as you get a clear view of this massive geological activity. Watch the water melt from Iceland's second biggest glacier as you make your way to Gullfoss Waterfall. Marvel as hot spring water erupts from the earth in the geothermal area of Geysir. Then, snorkel in the extraordinary Silfra rift, considered one of the top dive sites in the world. Glide between tectonic plates floating on pure, filtered glacial meltwater.

Reykjavik: Silfra Snorkel Tour and Horse Ride with Photos

7. Reykjavik: Silfra Snorkel Tour and Horse Ride with Photos

Start your day snorkeling in Silfra Fissure - one of the top dive sites in the world. You can choose between a drysuit or wetsuit for the more daring participants and depending on the season. After the tour you will enjoy a hot chocolate and your guide will show you how to access your underwater photos after they have been uploaded. Then head back to Reykjavik area where you can quickly grab a bite before getting picked up for your horseback riding in the beautiful rugged landscape. After your ride you will be dropped off back in Reykjavik.

Diving in Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park

8. Diving in Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park

Scuba dive in the volcanic Silfra Ravine on this day tour. Experience Þingvellir, the site of the world’s oldest parliament and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover an otherworldly scene under the water, located directly on top of the rift between the continents of America and Europe. Explore depths from 30 to 100 feet (10 to 30 meters). Health conditions and diving:You are not allowed to dive or snorkel in Silfra if you have or have had any of the following conditions:Inability to perform moderate exercise (swimming 500m and walking 600m)Current or previous heart disease, heart surgery or heart attackCurrent lung diseasePrevious pneumothorax (collapsed lung), chest disease or chest surgeryHead injury with loss of consciousness during recent yearsThrombocytopenia or other blood disordersColostomy or ileostomyEpilepsy or conditions resulting in sudden unconsciousnessObesityIf you have any of the following conditions, you are allowed to dive or snorkel Silfra if you can provide adoctor’s letter before the tour:Higher or lower blood pressure than normalType 1 diabetesAsthma (mild to severe)Above 60 years old Available Dry Suit Sizes Following are our available dry suit sizes, on-location our guides will help you find a suitable one. Women Diving155 cm – Max weight 70 kg160 cm – Max weight 75 kg165 cm – Max weight 80 kg170 cm – Max weight 85 kg175 cm – Max weight 90 kg180-200 cm – Max weight 100 kgMen Diving155 cm – Max weight 80 kg160 cm – Max weight 85 kg165 cm – Max weight 90 kg170 cm – Max weight 100 kg175 cm – Max weight 110 kg180-200 cm – Max weight 120 kg

Silfra: Diving Between Tectonic Plates

9. Silfra: Diving Between Tectonic Plates

Experience a scuba diving tour of the Silfra fissure in Thingvellir National Park. Dive between two tectonic plates that lie between the continents in the clearest water in the world while admiring the mesmerizing colors of the underwater world. Enjoy optional transportation from Reykjavik. Start your day with hotel pickup or by meeting your guide directly at Silfra, a fissure located in Thingvellir National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The park is one of the wonders of the famous Golden Circle route. Get divided into groups of six with one group per guide. Briefing and gearing up with your guide takes about 1 hour. You'll be diving in a dry suit (included), to help you stay warm and dry inside your suit while in the cold water. At the entry platform, enter Silfra and spend about 45 minutes in the water exploring Silfra's four sections. Float through Big Crack, Silfra’s narrowest section where the continental plates are so close you can touch them. The fissure then widens into Silfra Hall where a full spectrum of Silfra’s colors and clarity become all the more apparent. At this point, if you look at just the right angle you can see all the way to lake Thingvallavatn, over 150 m away. Near the opening of Thingvellir Lake, enter the Silfra Cathedral where the depth reaches 23 m. Your dive ends in the endless visibility of Silfra Lagoon. After the dive, exit through the platform and walk back to the meeting point (about 250 meters). Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies to warm up. Enjoy time to chat with your guide, ask any questions you might have, and take a look at the pictures taken during your tour. If you came via hotel pickup, you'll board the shuttle bus back to your hotel when ready.

Golden Circle & Silfra Snorkeling Small Group Tour

10. Golden Circle & Silfra Snorkeling Small Group Tour

Tour Iceland’s famous Golden Circle on a 9-hour scenic tour, and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Silfra Fissure in the heart of Þingvellir National Park. The amazing adventure starts with a picturesque drive to the geothermal area of Geysir, the home of the one and only Geysir, for which all other so-called geysirs are named! Watch as the ground gurgles and bubbles, and super-hot water bursts from the ground with enormous force. Next, stroll down to Gullfoss Waterfall, the undisputed queen of all Iceland’s waterfalls. See the water rushing down two steps of lava layers with breathtaking power and grandeur before driving on-wards to the fascinating site that is Thingvellir National park. Þingvellir is Iceland’s only UNESCO World Heritage sSte, and the original birthplace of the world´s oldest parliament, where the Vikings would sit to make judgements and laws. It’s also the site where the great tectonic plates of America and Europe collide. You will see the continental rift up-close as you snorkel through the crystal clear blue waters of the Silfra Fissure, one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets. Swim in the otherworldly scene and see heavenly shades of blue. Enjoy the sensation of feeling weightless as you float along with the lazy current. Although the water temperature is only about 2 degrees Celsius, the super-warm dry suits you will be provided with make the adventure possible, and perfect!

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4.8
(2,189 reviews)

It was great! Took us like 8 hours. Wish it was better at directing us to detours. Missed quite a few and ended up driving a bit out of the way looking for one we never found.

amazing experience , guides very knowledgeable and fun made the experience ten time better , instructions ahead of activity very clear

An excellent and unique snorkelling experience. Very organised and well run with a great tour guide (James).

We loved the activity! Definitely could have been a cheaper experience but it still was just amazing!

5 stars all around. Kevin was a great instructor. Loved it all