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$ 137.47 per person

Embark on a snorkeling experience in Thingvellir Lake in Iceland. Swim in the clear water and explore the fissures of Silfra; see many marine life, including; Brown Trout, Arctic Char, and Sticklebacks.

About this activity

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Duration 2 - 4 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 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
  • 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 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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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

Know before you go

  • Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim
  • 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 299 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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I'm writing this review as a mid size/plus size person. I'm about 200 lbs and 5 ft tall. Everything I read for this tour said we need to be "physically fit" and comfortable in the water. One could argue that I'm not physically fit and while I do love swimming, I only do it once a year. I've been snorkeling where the water is warm. Quite a difference experience to this one. I would strongly recommend that anyone who wants to go to read the information they send out. We came prepared with wool leggings and wool undershirt thermals and it made all of the difference. On top it looks like a little creek but underneath it was gorgeous. The 30 minutes went by so quickly. I was content to just float but the people behind were pushing us along. It was truly amazing. Overall, I would definitely recommend it. You also can't sink because of the buoyancy of the suit. As someone who is plus size and might not be the most athletic, I was definitely daunted by doing this but I'm so glad I did.

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July 6, 2022

Snorkelling Silfra was a fantastic experience as the natural landscape is one of a kind. The guides very helpful and great fun. Because one of our group wanted to get out, we had to wait while the guide escorted her out and returned to us, by which time the next group where on our heels. I think this led to very hurried underwater shots - taken without warning - and mine wasn't taken in the water at all which was disappointing. Having seen other shots taken by other guides on the day, I feel all of our group's shots were poor as the depth of the fissure couldn't be seen. It could have been anywhere. I still enjoyed the day and would recommend doing it if you enjoy snorkelling or unusual experiences. Don't be put off by the cold. The thermal undercut and drysuits kept me very warm and even though others complained of cold faces and hands, I can't say they were at all bothersome to me.

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May 24, 2022

This trip was such a good experience, we had so much fun and it was so beautiful, not as cold as you may think! Our tour guide, Siggi was great! Told us lots of information on the way to Silfra and helped my Boyfriend when he felt unwell because of the Snorkelling. They also take great pictures of you under the water

April 16, 2022

Product ID: 26046