Water activity

From Reykjavik: Silfra Fissure Snorkeling Half-Day Trip

Activity provider: Arctic Adventures

From Reykjavik: Silfra Fissure Snorkeling Half-Day Trip

Activity provider: Arctic Adventures
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From US$ 139.38 per person

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Snorkel between large volcanic canyons and discover the crystal clear waters that flow between the North American and Eurasian continents.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 - 5.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup optional
You will be picked up from your accommodation at pickup points in Reykjavik. Only pickup locations specified on the pick-up list will be served. Due to traffic restrictions, pick up from hotels in the city center is not possible, nor from private Air BnBs. Please contact the activity provider to find out the closest pickup point if your accommodation is not on the list.
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 underwater visibility in the crystal-clear waters of Thingvellir Lake
  • Drink in the history, culture, and geology of one of Iceland‘s most sacred sites
  • Take advantage of included transfers from Reykjavik or make your own way there
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 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.

Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off (If option selected)
  • PADI certified Dive guide/Divemaster
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Silfra admission fee
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with epilepsy
  • People under 4 ft 9 in (150 cm)
  • People under 99 lbs (45 kg)
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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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Silfra parking lot, Hörgshliðarlaug, before the activity starts. The directions to the park are Thingvellir Parking P5 (can be found on google maps). This is the 2nd car park, 400m further down the road from where you will be diving. Walk 400m back along the road until you reach the car park with all the snorkel and dive vans.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Change of clothes

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim
  • Snorkeling in the Silfra fissure involves a moderate level of exercise
  • Remember to bring: warm undergarments, preferably fleece/wool, no cotton, warm woolen socks, and a change of clothes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 361 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    3.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Service
    4.6/5

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A fantastic experience! In addition, well-organized, good information, help with everything practical with equipment and how the snorkeling goes to create security and focus on the nature experience. Extra bonus that is not in the description: nice photos that we were able to download, hot chocolate after the snorkeling was great! Snorkeling instructor Gunn who picked up at the hotel, drove the minibus and guided in a cheerful, knowledgeable, engaging and pleasant manner. The instructor who took over for the snorkeling itself was not as socially competent or engaged - passing grade but no more.

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September 26, 2022

Snorkeling in a thick dry suit was fun and not nearly as cold as I feared! I usually freeze very quickly, but it was really ok. The fact that you have to change in a parking lot takes a little getting used to. Even in the pouring rain there is no shelter. I would still do it again because the experience in the water is already unique!

September 26, 2022

We absolutely loved this experience. It's a must if you want to do something special and if you love nature. We were lucky enough to have amazing weather, so the whole process of putting the gear on, getting to the platform and getting out of the water was quite okay. Keep in mind that the water is very cold and that the snorkeling costume is not super comfortable, but it's worth it!! The crystal clear water, the depth, how you can see the bottom, the sights, everything is just amazing. Silfra is definetly special! The guides, Ziggi and Fonsi, were very nice and funny. They explained everything and made the whole experience enjoyable and safe. Fonsi was especially patient with me and my friend seeing we didn't have any experience in snorkeling and Silfra is not the easiest places to do it Also, the pick up and drop off where on point and the hot chocolate and cookies at the end were a nice bonus.

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September 22, 2022

Product ID: 26046