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Snorkeling in Silfra

      • Duration

        5-6 hours

      • Depending on time of year and weather conditions.

        If you meet on location duration is 2-3 hours.

      • Certificate required


  • 16.900 ISK
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Our most popular tour that the whole family can enjoy as long as you can swim and feel comfortable in the water. Experience serene tranquility snorkeling the beautiful Silfra ravine.

The tour includes

  • All equipment
  • Experienced guide
  • Hot chocolate and cookies
  • Thingvellir Silfra Entrance fee (1000 ISK)


Our most popular snorkeling day tour!
Silfra fissure in Thingvellir, Iceland is considered one of the best freshwater snorkeling spots in the world. Here you get the unique opportunity to snorkel between two tectonic plates because Silfra is located in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The clear water and outstanding scenery make Silfra a fantastic location for snorkeling.

Minimum requirements for tour:
A minimum age of 16 to participate in this tour. Weight limit: 45-120kg. Height limit: 150cm – 200cm. You also must not be pregnant to participate in this tour 

You will need to complete an online medical for this tour, this will be sent to you when making your booking but you can view the for anytime to assess your suitability before making the booking. It can be viewed using this link SILFRA SNORKELLING MEDICAL RELEASE

There is a current in Silfra and you must be comfortable swimming against the current when needed.

This is Glacial water and is extremely cold, this tour is only recommended for those in good physical condition with no pre existing medical conditions.

Please bring:
A set of long underwear and warm socks, also don’t forget your contact lenses as you won’t be able to wear glasses with the mask, everything else is provided for you as part of the tour.

All of our guides will have a camera with them and will take photo’s of you during the experience. Have some fun with the photos and then you have the option of purchasing them at the end. Speak to your guide on the day.

Pick up service:
We offer a pick up service for some of our departures, this is charged at 4000 ISK per person. Not all tours have a pick up available so please check when making your booking that this is an option if you need a pick up from Reykjavik hotels. Please note we only offer pick ups from the Reykjavik Hotels listed in the drop down menu

Meet on Location:
All tours start at Thingvellir Information Centre. Click here for driving directions to the meeting point. If you need a pick up from Reykjavik this can also be added into your tours when making the booking


At Silfra we will help you put on your dry suit, gloves, headwear and equipment. If you haven’t gone snorkeling before there is nothing to worry about because our guide will show you how to use the equipment and explain what we will be doing before going in the water.

The entry point at Silfra will take you into the first of four main parts called the Silfra Deep Crack. Here you can see down to the bottom at 25 meters. The surrounding caves can reach a depth of 63 meters.

From there the guide will lead you into Silfra Hall. The fissure opens up when you come into this bright and wide corridor to make it a perfect place for photos with lighting bouncing off surrounding lava rocks.

When the hall narrows off then you know we will be entering the most famous part of Silfra in a moment, the Silfra Cathedral. This is where the fissure gets deeper once again with unbelievable visibility for a sight you have never seen before in Iceland or the world.

At the end of the Cathedral instead of going straight onward towards the lake we will take a left into the unique Silfra Lagoon. This is totally different from the other areas as you will think that we have left Iceland and entered the Bahamas. The water is only about 5 meters deep but on most days you will be able to see 140 meters all the way to the other side of the lagoon.

We snorkel our way to the stairs in Silfra Lagoon which lead to the path back to base (approx. 400 meters). We use the walk back to reflect on this unique experience, chat with fellow snorkelers and pick our guides brain with any questions you have after seeing the Silfra Fissure up close.

Amazing experience. Small group size. Memorable.
In comparison to the groups from the other company with had over 15 people per group, I was very glad I went with Scuba Iceland. The more personal attention and smaller ratio helped with the experience. Also, from a cost point of view, they don't charge extra 5000 isk like some companies for pick up.

SingleWomanTravels – Jul 17, 2016