SNORKELING & FLY OVER ICELAND
How about starting the day with snorkeling Silfra, a freshwater fissure and then “fly” around beautiful Iceland?
Silfra fissure is one of the top dive sites in the world, situated in Thingvellir National Park, only about 50 kilometers from Reykjavik. You can either head to Fly Over Iceland after the tour or move your reservation for another time and day that suits your travel plans best!
This all season attraction takes you on a breathtaking journey across Iceland. Soar over land, sea and ice. Move with the arctic winds. FlyOver Iceland is an immersive flight experience. The ride utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give the guest the feeling of flight. Guests sit with feet dangling, before a 20-metre spherical screen while our film whisks you away on an exhilarating journey across Iceland.
Special effects, including wind, mist and scents, combine with the ride’s motion to create an unforgettable experience. Before your flight begins, you’ll be immersed in the magic of Iceland in pre-ride events. Our flight guides, a storyteller and resident troll Sú Vitra will lead you through two unique adventures that’ll ignite your imagination with stories of Iceland, its people and the natural forces at work.
The FlyOver Iceland building is a landmark at the Grandi district. This beautifully designed house not only holds the FlyOver Iceland flight ride and pre-shows but also a souvenir shop with handpicked local items, photos from the ride and unique souvenirs. The ground floor houses as well a café where you can relax before or after your virtual flight.
Contact Fly Over Iceland via email@example.com if you´d like to visit them at another time and/or day with at least 24 hour notice.
The total duration of the experience is 30-35 minutes. We do recommend that you reserve one hour for your visit to Fly Over Iceland – please be there 15 minutes prior the set start time.
FLY OVER ICELAND ADMISSION TIMES
09:00 Silfra time & 16:30 Fly Over
10:30 Silfra time & 17:30 Fly Over
12:00 Silfra time & 18:30 Fly Over
13:30 Silfra time & 18:30 Fly Over
15:00 Silfra time & 18:30Fly Over
09:30 Silfra time & 17:30 Fly Over
12:30 Silfra time & 18:00 Fly Over
Silfra fissure exists due to the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates separating around 2 centimeters a year – leaving a rift in the landscape between them. This rift is filled with glacial water from Langjökull glacier that has been filtered through lava fields for decades before reaching Silfra – making the water exceptionally clear and drinkable.
The water in Silfra is 2-4 degrees Celsius. Our guides are all very experienced PADI divemasters or instructors and with will provide you with all the gear you need and undergarments to wear under the dry suit. Hot chocolate is served after the tour.
Wearing a drysuit makes snorkeling in 2-4 degree Celsius (35 degree Fahrenheit) water achievable – without experiencing the cold. With a thermal undergarment and the protection of the drysuit, you manage to stay dry and warm.
For our more daring and adventurous participants, who are after the ultimate Icelandic snorkeling experience, we usually recommend snorkeling in a wetsuit. You will have more mobility and are able to dive a little under the surface to explore Silfra up close and personal.
Not sure on which suit to go with? Take a look at our blog post wetsuit vs. drysuit to help you decide.
This is a self drive tour only – pick up is not an option.
Fly Over Iceland admission can be amended to a day and/or time that suits your travel plans best with 24 hour notice!
What is Included:
- Hot chocolate for snorkeling
- All snorkeling equipment
- Underwater snorkeling photos
- National park fee – Silfra entry fee
- English speaking guide
- Fly Over Iceland Experience
Start time in Silfra :
Summer (March – Oct) – 9:00 and 12:00
– additional tours from June – August at 10:30, 13:30 and 15:00
Winter (Nov – Feb) – 09:30 and 12:30
Please note that this is the meeting time at Thingvellir, Silfra car park
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. You can also enter “Silfra meeting point” into goggle maps or P5 Parking Thingvellir.
Please be there, ready to meet your guide 15 minutes before your tour is due to begin.
NB. Its wise to check the weather and road conditions before your tour – especially in winter. You can find information on safetravel.is and road.is.
2 – 2,5 hours with briefing and suiting up
30 – 40 minutes snorkeling in Silfra
30-35 minutes Fly Over experience
* Please be there 15 minutes before the start time and allow 60 minutes for the entire experience.
Prerequisites for snorkeling:
- Participants must be physically fit
- Comfortable in water and be able to swim
- Make sure to eat breakfast before this activity
- Be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit
- Have read, signed, and followed directions on the Silfra Snorkeling Medical Statement
- Sign our liability release form at the start of the tour
- 150cm (4’9) tall minimum
- Maximum 200cm (6’7) tall
- 50kg (99 lbs) minimum
- Maximum 120kg (264 lbs)
- Age limit is 12 years of age
- Snorkeling in Silfra is not recommended when pregnant.
- No glasses, so if you have a prescription mask, please bring it with you. If not, we advise you to get contact lenses before you join us for snorkeling.
Minimum participants: 2 – full refund is provided if minimum is not met
Maximum participants: 6 people per guide in Silfra
If someone in your group does not snorkel but wants to go to the Fly Over Iceland experience – you can book the show with us via email.
What to bring to Silfra
We will provide you with all necessary gear required for snorkeling in Silfra. You will however have to bring:
Warm clothes to wear prior and after the snorkeling
Swimwear and towel if you choose wetsuit snorkeling
Base layer / thermals if you choose to snorkel in a dry suit
Woolen socks – two pairs, one to wear under the suit and one for after
Please dress according to weather
Camera – you can rent a GoPro camera by us