Snorkeling in Silfra in Thingvellir National Park in Iceland
Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 possible. Rated: Easy
Day trip, available directly from Reykjavik in Iceland.
- Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir National Park)
- Silfra Fissure
- North American and Eurasian tectonic plates
Pick up Time: Pick up starts 1.5 hours before tour start; 9:30 for the departure at 11:00 and 11:30 for the 13:00 departure. Please be ready in time. Please note that it can take 30 minutes for us to arrive.
On Location Time: If you prefer to meet us on location you need to be at the Information Center at Þingvellir 15 minutes prior to your tour start.
Approximately 4 hours with pick up / approximately 2 hours if you meet us on location.
Included: Certified Padi Diveguide / Divemaster. All necessary snorkeling gear; including a specially made suit to keep you warm and dry in the glacier water.
Clothing: Warm undergarments, preferably fleece/wool (no cotton!), warm woolen socks and a change of clothes (just in case).
The Silfra Fissure is one of Iceland’s most desirable snorkeling spots. Located in the heart of Thingvellir National Park, this narrow channel of blue water meandering through a giant lava field does not look like much on the surface. But below, supernatural shades of blue, perfect visibility, and incredible rock formations make up a magical sub-aquatic paradise. Enjoy a great snorkeling experience as you drift peacefully in the comfort of a warmly insulated drysuit accompanied by our highly skilled guides. Silfra, frequently rated as one of the worlds top ten dive sites, is located between the tectonic plates of Europe and America. With up to 100 meters of underwater visibility, Silfra is truly a mesmerizing site, not to be missed by any snorkeler, experienced or not.
Into the Blue offers a relaxing but exotic trip in a highly unique and captivating environment!
Please note that pick up costs an extra 4.000 ISK.
Bad eyesight? You will be wearing snorkeling goggles while in the water and you won’t be able to wear your glasses underneath. So unless you are bringing your own prescription goggles we recommend that you acquire contact lenses for your snorkeling tour
PLEASE NOTE: Although you don't need to "swim" while snorkeling, we recommend that you can because you have to be comfortable with floating in water to be able to enjoy to the fullest. People that can’t swim tend to panic water and we do not want you to do that.
We also offer tour that combines sightseeing on the Golden Circle with Super Jeeps and Snorkeling in Silfra. Click here for more
The Into The Blue Day Tour is included on the following great value adventure holidays:
What is snorkeling? Participants swim in specially made dry suits through the crystal clear water. We breath through snorkels to have an unobstructed view of the landscape beneath the water level.
If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is in the parking lot by Silfra Note: When driving from Reykjavík on road 36 you will first see a Visitor Centre and viewpoint for Þingvellir on your right hand side keep on going and drive further for 5-10 min on road 36 and you will see the Information Centre on your left hand, take a turn to right towards the national park area. Drive forward for 1-2 minutes until you see the parking lot on the right side and vehicles marked with Arctic Adventures logos.
Disclaimer: All snorkeling trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to there own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from the 30th of November to the 30th of November
All necessary specialized snorkeling gear, including a specially made down suit to keep you warm in the glacier water.
What to bring with you
Warm undergarment clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants), warm wool socks and a change of clothing (just in case).
Duration of trip
Maximum number of participants
8 persons per guide
Check out the Happy Snorkeler our detailed guide to snorkeling here in Iceland
I can't swim.. Is that a problem?
Although you don't need to "swim" while snorkeling, we recommend that you can. The reason for that is people that can´t swim tend to panic when they are in the water. You have to be comfortable with floating in water.
Do I need diving certifications to go snorkeling?
No, snorkeling is something that anyone with a taste for adventure can do, it is as easy as one, two, three ...
How cold is the water in the Silfra fissure?
The temperature in the Silfra is almost constant all year round at about 2°C but during extended sunshine and warm weather in the summertime the water can sometimes can go up to 4°C. However, our warmly insulated dry suits will keep you dry
Where is the Silfra located?
The Silfra is located in a lava field inside Þingvellir National Park about 45 minutes from Reykjavík City. From Reykjavík you drive towards Mosfellsbær road nr 1, at the last roundabout in Mosfellsbær you turn right to road 36, the sign says Þingvellir. You drive straight for around 30 minutes until you see the information center at Þingvellir.
Does Arctic Adventures provide snorkeling equipment on their trips?
Yes, we provide you with everything you need no go diving in the glacier spring water in Silfra. This includes a specially made thermal suite, a dry suit, a neoprene hoodie, neoprene gloves and neoprene shoes. All you need to bring is a towel to dry of and some warm thermal layers to wear underneath.
Will I get wet on my snorkeling trip?
We have the best dry suits available in the business BUT for dry suits to be 100% watertight they have to custom made to measure for each individual. That is to say gaskets have to be custom made to fit the wrist and neckline of each person to be 100% watertight. We do our very best to fit you with the best fitting suit available but we can not guarantee that you will be dry, however our thermal suits (we call them Teddy bear suits) are designed to be warm even when wet. To be safe make sure you bring a extra set of thermal layers to wear underneath and if the one you wear on the trip should get wet.
What is the visibility under the waterline in Silfra?
In summer when there is some vegetation in the fissure the visibility is normally somewhere between 65-85 meters, in the winter visibility can be even better or 80-100 meters on clear days. This is absolutely world class visibilty, no where on earth will you find such conditions in fresh water.
How long am I in the water?
It takes anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour to go snorkeling in the Silfra. Check Availability