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Snorkeling in Silfra

      • Duration

        2-3 hours

      • Depending on time of year and weather conditions.

      • Certificate required

        No

      • Medical form required

        Yes

      • Silfra snorkeling medical form is required to be signed before this tour. Click here to fill it in

  • 16.900 ISK
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Our most popular snorkeling tour that takes you through all parts of the famous Silfra fissure. Experience serene tranquility snorkeling the beautiful Silfra ravine. Silfra is regularly voted one of the best dive and snorkling sites in the world!

**10% Discount on bookings made in August with promo code: AUGUST**

The water comes from one of Iceland´s largest glaciers, called Langjökull. In the summer time the glacier naturally melts a little bit, and the melt water sinks underground into the lava caves underneath. The glacial melt water now starts a 50 year long journey towards the Silfra fissure. It gently trickles through the lava fields at a speed of about 1 meters per year. During this process the water gets filtered from particles and sediment and ends up crystal clear and extremely pure. Once the water from the glacier arrives to Silfra about 50 years later, it is the most refreshing, clean and wonderful drinking water you can think of.

The tour includes

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

Description

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:
Minimum age of 12, guardian´s approval needed for minors under 18. Height requirement: 150cm – 200 cm. Weight requirement: 45 kg – 120 kg. Need to be able to swim. Filled out medical form.

Medical form:
You will need to complete a medical form 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

Please note that if you answer “YES” to any question in section 1 you will not be able to participate.

If you are over 60 years old or answer “YES” in section 2 we need your doctor to fill out our PHYSICIAN APPROVAL FORM. It needs to be filled out in English.

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.

Pick up service:
If you would like to be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik, see our Snorkeling in Silfra from Reykjavik

Meet on Location:
The meeting point is Silfra car park in Thingvellir National Park. Click here for driving directions to where you can park your car (parking “Thingvellir P5”). To meet your guide: Walk 400m back along the road until you reach a smaller car park with all the snorkel and dive vans, and look for your guide/Scuba Iceland vans. Please be ready in the Silfra car park to meet your guide 15 MINUTES before your tour is due to begin.

For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W

Itinerary

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