What is snorkeling?
Snorkeling is a wonderful way to experience an underwater landscape, without having to be a certified scuba diver. You swim on the surface equipped with a mask to give you a clear vision under the surface, a snorkel to breath from, and a pair of powerful fins to propel you forward through the water. The water in Iceland is incredibly clear so you willsee from the surface all the way down to the bottom, no matter how deep it is!
No certification or special training is needed for snorkeling, but it is important that you can swim independently as this activity is taking place in deep water. It is a great activity for families and couples, as well as larger groups or solo travellers.
Snorkeling in glacial water
Snorkeling in Iceland is becoming one of the country´s most popular activities, and for a good reason. We offer snorkeling tours in the world famous Silfra fissure, located in the heart of Thingvellir National Park. This is the only place in the world where you can swim in glacial water while having one tectonic plate on each side of you. Look slightly to the right while floating through the fissure and you will see the majestic and bold North American tectonic plate. Turn your head to the left to observe the more discreet and sophisticated Eurasian tectonic plate. The water in the fissure is crystal clear, extremely fresh, very tasty and just a little bit cold!
All year temperature 2-4 degree C
The water in Silfra hold an all year round temperature of 2-4 degrees C. The explanation behind this temperature is that the water is constantly moving in a slow current. New water is constantly flowing from the Langjökull glacier towards the Silfra fissure. The water in Silfra then continues its journey out to lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland´s largest lake.
This extreme temperature requires some special equipment to enable us to snorkel around comfortably.
We provide you with a warm one piece undersuit, and a thick neoprene dry suit on top of that. You will also be given a neoprene hood and gloves to protect your head and hands from the cold.The dry suit will keep most of your body nice and dry while in the water. The hood and gloves are however not waterproof, which means that your head and hands will get a bit wet, but the neoprene will still provide insulation. Overall you will be surprised how much insulation the equipment provides. A snorkel allows you to breathe without lifting your face from the water, and a mask will give you a clear vision of the magical underwater world of Silfra!
Small group guarantee
We like to keep the groups nice and small with a maximum ratio of 6 snorkeler per guide. The guide will stay with group through the whole experience, also in the water.
If you are a larger group booking together you can still go together in the water, and we will just add a few more guides for added safety and fun.
You can also combine your snorkeling tour with other exciting activities such as lava tube caving, horse back riding, the popular Golden Circle, and buggy tours.