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Silfra: Fissure Snorkeling Tour with Underwater Photos

1. Silfra: Fissure Snorkeling Tour with Underwater Photos

Snorkel at a site that National Geographic called one of the top dive sites in the world with this tour of the Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park. Stay warm as you explore this magical underwater glacial world with a high-quality dry suit. Swim through pure, filtered glacial meltwater and keep your eyes peeled for local plant species and marine life like the dwarf char. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park, explore the valley where the tectonic plates of North America and Europe drift further apart every year. 

From Reykjavik: Silfra Fissure Snorkeling Half-Day Trip

2. From Reykjavik: Silfra Fissure Snorkeling Half-Day Trip

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. 

Silfra: Half-Day Snorkeling Day Trip with Underwater Photos

3. Silfra: Half-Day Snorkeling Day Trip with Underwater Photos

Have an out-of-this-world adventure while drysuit snorkeling in Silfra rift, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Thingvellir National Park. The hidden natural wonder has 100 meters of underwater visibility with bright colors that make the experience almost unrealistic. Meet your guide and group directly at the site in Silfra and prepare to travel between two continents in the rift. Be guided through magnificent scenery and view Silfra from the surface while the slow current carries you through the stunning underwater landscape. Stay dry underneath your drysuit or, for the more adventurous, choose the wetsuit to feel the natural cool waters. Snorkel through the pure and clean waters of Silfra and end the tour in a lagoon often called "the real blue lagoon" because of the bright blue color of its water. 

Silfra Snorkeling Tour with Optional Transfers

4. Silfra Snorkeling Tour with Optional Transfers

Reconnect with the natural world and snorkel at a location National Geographic has called one of the top dive sites in the world. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or hostel in Reykjavik if option booked, or make your own way to the Silfra fissure in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park. Located in a valley where the tectonic plates of North America and Europe are constantly drifting apart, the Silfra fissure should be on everybody's bucket list. Gear up in all the provided snorkeling equipment to enter the clear water, and experience the best underwater visibility on the planet. Marvel at the extraordinary colors of the glacial meltwater and be amazed at the unique sensation of your liquid meditation!

Reykjavik Combo Snorkel in Silfra Fissure & Lava Caving

5. Reykjavik Combo Snorkel in Silfra Fissure & Lava Caving

This full-day combined snorkeling and lava caving adventure tour starts with pick up from Reykjavik. As the conditions in Iceland vary greatly between seasons, visit one of two different lava caves. As you explore the hidden world beneath one of Iceland‘s lava fields, enjoy the opportunity to discover first hand the marvels created by past volcanic activity. Accompanied by a certified guide, experience the wonders of the lava tube cave and hear all there is to know about the formation of the cave. Snorkeling in Silfra is your second adventure of this combo tour, although this can vary. Silfra fissure is one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets, an otherworldly scene that is famous for its heavenly shades of blue. Located in the heart of the historic site of Thingvellir National Park, the crystal-clear water gives you a feeling of being weightless as you float along with the lazy current. During your snorkeling adventure between the tectonic plates, benefit from the accompaniment of a certified snorkeling guide. All necessary gear is provided for this tour. Please note that you can rent a waterproof digital camera or purchase a waterproof disposable camera directly from the operator to snap unique photos during your black and blue adventure in Iceland that you can then share with your loved ones back home. 

From Reykjavík: Golden Circle with Snorkel in Silfra

6. From Reykjavík: Golden Circle with Snorkel in Silfra

Experience the different geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle on a small group tour from Reykjavik. Listen to Icelandic music as you travel by minibus to Þingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart. Gaze in awe as you get a clear view of this massive geological activity. Watch the water melt from Iceland's second biggest glacier as you make your way to Gullfoss Waterfall. Marvel as hot spring water erupts from the earth in the geothermal area of Geysir. Then, snorkel in the extraordinary Silfra rift, considered one of the top dive sites in the world. Glide between tectonic plates floating on pure, filtered glacial meltwater.

Silfra: Snorkeling with Underwater Photos & Pickup Service

7. Silfra: Snorkeling with Underwater Photos & Pickup Service

This wetsuit snorkeling tour in Silfra fissure located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park is an out of this world adventure and a hidden natural wonder, where the 100 meter underwater visibility and bright colors make the experience almost unrealistic. The pristine water in Silfra is one of the purest and clearest waters you’ll find on the planet. When snorkeling in Silfra, you are traveling between two continents, ending the tour in a lagoon often called "the real blue lagoon" because of the bright blue color of the water. Snorkeling in Silfra fissure, where you are guided into this magnificent scenery is a total must-see for all nature and adventure thirsty individuals and groups. You have more freedom in terms of movements and are able to free dive by holding your breath. You will stay dry underneath your drysuit or, for the more adventurous, choose the wetsuit to feel the natural cool waters. The wetsuits used are 6 millimeter in thickness and isolate the body well from the cold water.

Diving Silfra Day Tour

8. Diving Silfra Day Tour

At Silfra fissure, in National Park Thingvellir, your guide will walk with you to the platform and give you a dive briefing before gearing up. Since the water is between 2 and 4°C the dives are conducted in dry suits and therefore you must have dry suit experience. All necessary equipment including undergarments that will keep you warm and comfortable underneath the dry suit are provided. Please bring warm clothes for the time on land and thick socks as well as your diving and dry suit certification card.

Diving in Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park

9. Diving in Silfra Fissure in Thingvellir National Park

This amazing day trip includes diving in the volcanic Silfra Ravine, one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets. It is situated in the heart of Þingvellir, the site of the world’s oldest parliament and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover an otherworldly scene, located directly on top of the rift between the continents of America and Europe, where the crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you glide along with the lazy current. Visibility is amazing and is only limited by the density of the water itself. Depth varies from 30 to 100 feet (10 to 30 meters), making it without question one of the best dive sites in the world. PADI open water or compatible is required to take the tour, and PADI advanced and dry suit certificates are also mandatory. All dives are performed in a dry suit. But if you meet the requirements, you will enjoy an otherworldly scene that is famous for its heavenly shades of blue. Please also note the following:  This is a challenging dive and you need to be capable of carrying heavy equipment up to 400m. It is highly recommended that your last dive was within 24 months. If your last dive was not within this time period it is recommended that you take a refreshment course before diving in Silfra.  It is strongly advised to wait 24 hours after diving before flying.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle Tour & Snorkeling with Free Photos

10. Reykjavik: Golden Circle Tour & Snorkeling with Free Photos

How about starting the day with snorkeling in Silfra, a freshwater fissure known to be one of the best diving spots in the world and then drive around beautiful Iceland? Then try The Snorkeling and Golden Circle tour. You can choose whether you snorkel in a wetsuit or drysuit. The difference is in a wetsuit you can dive underneath the surface and explore more of the wonders of Silfra, a freshwater fissure around 60 meters deep. You will not need any experience in diving nor snorkeling. After snorkeling, you will be taken on the Golden Circle tour, which is the most popular tourist route in Iceland. Start at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir, where Althing was established around 930. Þingvellir is where Europe and America meet. You will also visit the geothermal active valley Haukadalur where the hot spring geysers Geysir and Strokkur are, as well as the waterfall Gullfoss and the volcano crater Kerið. All the guides are locals and Icelandic nature has been their playground for years.

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What people are saying about Silfra

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,280 reviews

Five of us (my wife and I plus three teenage boys) did this snorkeling experience in April 2022. Overall, we had a great time and received some very nice pictures from the tour operator later the same day. They did a nice job of explaining things and led small groups around the fissure. They key to staying warm is to dress in layers: we each had a warm initial layer, and then they give you a wet suit and, finally, a dry suit, plus gloves and a hood. This works and, while a bit uncomfortable, did keep us warm and allow us to enjoy the experience, which is unique and memorable.

Our guide was super nice and helpful, very knowledgeable. The snorkeling was amazing, I’ve never seen water so clear. They took the time to explain all the equipment and make sure everyone felt comfortable whether you were a first time snorkeler or a seasoned one.

Awesome experience! Our guide Kevin was very nice, patiently explained everything and accompanied us while snorkeling. The continental fissure is very impressive and the crystal clear water makes it easy to see and explore everything.

Great experience. Knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic guides. Good equipment (don't worry, you'll stay warm!) and good pace.

Wonderful experience. Our guide Luis was very funny and helpful. Would recommend if you are up for some adventure!