SNORKEL BETWEEN CONTINENTS
Silfra Drysuit Snorkeling
Come join us for drysuit snorkeling in Silfra, one of the top dive sites in the world, situated in Thingvellir National Park, only about 50 kilometers from Reykjavik. 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. Make sure you taste it while you glide through the fissure between two continents – there is nothing quite like crystal clear glacial water.
Incredible visibility and views
Experience the incredible visibility exceeding 100 meters, along with the breathtaking dramatic sights as rays of sunlight stretches its arms through the pristine waters, touching the rocks and algae growing on the walls of the canyon. Or watch as the snowflakes melt on top of the still, see-through water on a cold, crisp winter day.
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. See here for our wetsuit option.
Not sure on which suit to go with? Take a look at our blog post wetsuit vs. drysuit to help you decide.
With pick up:
If you require pick up, there is a minimum of 2 passengers. Full refund is provided if the minimum is not met.
FREE Photos for snorkeling
Hot chocolate for snorkeling
All snorkeling equipment
National park fee
English speaking guide
March – Oct: 9:00, 12:00
June – August: additional tours at 15:00
Nov – Feb: 10:00, 13:00
Please note that this is the meeting time at Thingvellir, Silfra car park – Pick up from your hotel starts 75 minutes 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. You can also enter “Silfra meeting point” in your GPS. Please be there, ready to meet your guide 15 minutes before your tour is due to begin.
For GPS: 64°15’23.5″N 21°6’58.6″W
NB. For those driving please check the weather and road conditions before your tour. You can find information on safetravel.is as well as road.is.
4 – 4.5 hours with pick up
2 – 3 hours without pick up
30-40 minutes snorkeling in Silfra
Prerequisites for drysuit snorkeling:
- Be comfortable in water and be able to swim
- Must be physically fit
- 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
- 145cm (4’9) tall minimum
- Maximum 200cm (6’7) tall
- 45kg (99 lbs) minimum
- Maximum 120kg (264 lbs)
- Age limit is 14 years of age
- Not be 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
Maximum participants: 6 people per guide
What to bring to Silfra
We will provide you with all necessary gear required for drysuit snorkeling in Silfra. You will however have to bring:
Warm clothes to wear prior and after the snorkeling
Swimwear and towel for wetsuit
Base layer / thermals for dry suit
Warm socks, woolen – extra pairs
Camera – you can rent a GoPro camera by us
Please dress according to weather