Tour description

Silfra
Snorkeling in a wetsuit in Iceland may sound like a daring idea but as soon as you dive into the pristine glacial waters of Silfra, your mind shifts away from the cold as you are immediately absorbed into exploring the vivid colours of this stunning, exotic underwater fissure.

Silfra is situated in Thingvellir National Park, where the earth drifts apart around 2 centimetres every year as the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates move in opposite directions – creating such natural wonders as is Silfra.

Clearest waters in the world
Glaciers melt and fill this deep crack with the clearest water that has been filtered for a century through volcanic lava rock before entering Silfra from the ground up. With an incredible visibility of more than 100 meters, Silfra is ranked as one of the clearest waters in the world -making your snorkeling experience feel like flying.

Wetsuit
However, one of the clearest water in the world comes with a price, as the temperature lingers around 2-4 degrees Celsius all year round (35 degree Fahrenheit). The wetsuit covers your whole body, but it won’t protect you entirely from the just-above freezing glacial water – but our wetsuit does an amazing job of keeping you relatively warm.

Those who prefer to stay dry and warm should opt for a drysuit instead.

Unlike the drysuit, which allows you to float on the surface, the wetsuit enables you to dive a little under the surface to explore the beauty of Silfra a bit closer. We only recommend the wetsuit for our more adventurous participants because of the cold – but it will be absolutely worth it for those who are up for the challenge!

Not sure on which suit to go with? Take a look at our blog post wetsuit vs. drysuit to help you decide.

Price & availability

Price:
16.900 ISK without pick up
20.900 ISK with pick up

Summer Departures: 
From 1. April – 30. Sept: 9:00, 12:00 and 15:00 (Pick up starts an hour earlier)
Winter Departures:
From 1. Oct – 31. Oct: 9:00 and 12:00 (Pick up starts an hour earlier)
From 1. Nov – 31 March: 10:00 and 13:00 (Pick up starts an hour earlier)

Please note that this is the meeting time at Thingvellir, Silfra car park – Pick up from your hotel starts an hour earlier.

If you do not require pick up, the meeting point is Silfra car park in Thingvellir National Park. Please park your car at “Thingvellir P5” and walk 400m back along the road until you reach a smaller car park with all the snorkel and dive vans, and look for your Adventure Vikings guide. Please be there, ready to meet your guide 5-10 minutes before your tour is due to begin.

For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W

Duration:
4 – 4.5 hours with pick up
2 – 3 hours without pick up

Prerequisites:

  • Be comfortable in water and be able to swim
  • Be physically fit
  • Have read, signed, and followed directions on the Silfra Snorkeling Medical Statement
  • Sign our liability release form at the start of the tour
  • Be at minimum 145cm (4’9) tall / maximum 200cm (6’7) tall
  • Be at minimum 45kg (99 lbs) / maximum 120kg (264 lbs)
  • Be minimum 16 years of age
  • Not be pregnant

No minimum participants

Maximum participants: 6 per guide

Rank: Medium.

What to bring

We will provide you with all necessary gear required for snorkeling. You will however have to bring:

  • Clothes suited to dress under a wetsuit such as swimwear
  • Warm clothes to wear prior and after the snorkeling
  • Towel
  • Lunch or Snack
  • Camera
  • You can rent a GoPro camera by us

Extras available

GoPro   –   6900 kr ISK.

Rent a GoPro and you will receive an SD card with your footage to take home straight after your tour.

Check out these combination tours:

Snorkeling and Caving
Snorkeling and The Golden Circle
Snorkeling and Horseback Riding
Snorkeling and ATV

You can also rent snorkeling equipment from us if you are experienced snorkeler or diver

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