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.
– Minimum age: 12 (guardian’s approval needed for minors under 18).
– You need to know how to swim, and be comfortable spending up t0 40 minutes in the water.
– There is a slight current in Silfra and you must be comfortable swimming against this slight current when needed.
Are you pregnant? Due to the small risk of cold water entering the dry suit, we unfortunately can not allow you to participate in this tour. It is not worth taking the risk.
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