Snorkelling Silfra is liquid meditation Iceland-Style
You don’t need to be a certified diver in order to experience water at its clearest! Snorkeling Silfra is for everyone who feels comfortable in water and is a fantastic adventure for the whole family.
We offer daily snorkeling trips to Silfra where you will float between two continental plates, surrounded by the astonishing clarity of the water and the mesmerizing colors of this underwater world.
If you choose to use our transportation service, we will pick you up at your accommodation in Reykjavík and drive with you to Thingvellir National Park. During the one-hour drive, your guide will provide you with background information about the unique geology and cultural history of Silfra as well as the surrounding area of the UNESCO world heritage site – Thingvellir.
Upon arrival at Silfra, your guide will give you your dry suit and snorkeling equipment. Your guide will explain how to use this equipment and how to ensure that you will be warm and comfortable during your 30 to 40 minute snorkeling tour of Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon.
During your snorkel you will explore the four main parts of Silfra. You will float through Big Crack, Silfra’s narrowest section and where the continental plates are so close you can almost touch them. The fissure then widens into Silfra Hall. Here the full spectrum of Silfra’s colours and clarity become all the more apparent. At this point if you look at just the right angle you can see all the way to Thingvallavatn, over 150m away. Near to the opening to Thingvallavatn we will enter the Silfra Cathedral; as the depth reaches 23m you feel like you are flying over the boulders and glacial silt. Your snorkel is finished in the endless visibility of Silfra Lagoon.
Make sure to drink some of the Silfra water while you are snorkeling! Who knows when you will be able to drink water so pure again.
This tour is conducted alongside the Diving Silfra Day Tour. If you would like to snorkel while your friends or family dive, you can still enjoy the day together!
NOTE ABOUT PICK UP: Pick up service from Reykjavík is not available for all of the tours. If you need transportation, please be sure to pick a tour that gives you the option of pick up in Reykjavík. Pick up in Reykjavík begins one hour EARLIER than the tour times shown below. If you book a tour without transportation, you will meet us directly at Thingvellir Park.
be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit
not be pregnant
Approximately 5 hours from the time of pick up in Reykjavík to the time of drop off.
If you choose to drive yourself to Silfra, you can expect to be with us for about 3 hours.
You will be in the water for around 30-40 minutes and the remaining time is needed for getting in and out of the gear.
Min / Max:
Maximum of 8 snorkelers per snorkel guide.
suitable clothes for the weather of the day
contact lenses if you wear glasses
guided snorkelling trip
all necessary snorkelling equipment
hot choclate and cookies after the snorkeling trip
entrance fee of ISK 1.000,- into Silfra
Pick up service is available only for certain tours, please choose carefully. Pick up service costs an additional 5.000,- ISK.
Photos of the Snorkeling Tour. If you are interested in photos of your Snorkeling Tour, please read the corresponding FAQ further down on this page.
Meeting times at Silfra:
Please see the booking calendar below for available meeting times at Silfra for the tour.
NOTE ABOUT PICK UP SERVICE: Pick up service from Reykjavík is not available for all of the tours. If you need transportation, please be sure to pick a tour that gives you the option of pick up in Reykjavík. Pick up in Reykjavík begins one hour EARLIER than the tour times shown below.
Do I need to be able to swim in order to take part in Snorkeling?
Yes, you do. Even though the dry suits are very buoyant and keep you afloat we have made it a prerequisite for our snorkelers to be able to swim and feel comfortable in water.
This is for your own safety and comfort, as well as the guides' and the rest of the snorkelling group's safety and comfort.
I use glasses, is that a problem?
You can not wear glasses underneath the dive mask! If you have bad eyesight you either need to bring your own prescription dive mask or lens inserts with your own matching dive mask. There are opticians in Reykjavik that you would be able to purchase contact lenses with. However, that needs to be at least a day in forehand.
Do you offer photos of this Snorkelling Tour?
If you would like to get high resolution under water photos of your Snorkeling Tour, please let your guides know when you meet them. You can then purchase the photos from your guide after the tour. These pictures are a great souvenir of this extraordinary adventure.
Please be aware that we can't always guarantee the photo service. Unfortunately cameras can malfunction and sometimes the guide has other priorities than taking photos.
The photos of your Snorkeling Tour plus a "Best of Silfra folder" will be made available to you in high resolution via Dropbox after the Snorkeling Tour.
The price for this photo package is ISK 2.990,- additional to the Snorkeling Tour price.
We use top quality equipment for our Snorkeling and Scuba Diving tours.
The dry suits only do a certain amount of dives / time before they get sold and replaced by new ones.
This ensures that our guests will always dive/snorkel in top notch dry suits frequently tested, serviced or replaced.
However, it is of high importance to provide us with your correct size (height and weight), so we can make sure to bring the best fit for you. If we receive an incorrect size, the guest will receive and incorrect dry suit fit. We assure you that your size information as well as all other personal information stays confidential with us.
We also want to point out that if you are sensitive to having something tight around your neck and/or wrists you might feel uncomfortable in a dry suit. It goes with the territory to have a well sealing neoprene neck seal and rubber wrist seals in order to stay dry.
Is food included on this tour?
We offer light snacks such as cookies and hot chocolate to warm up after getting out of the water, but this tour does not otherwise include food. However, we do stop at a service station in Reykjavík where you are able to purchase something more substantial.
Will I get wet when diving or snorkelling?
When diving or snorkelling in a dry suit, you will generally keep dry and warm. We use BARE dry suits and undergarments of the highest quality and have over 50 of them in all standard and non-standard sizes.
Our rental dry suits do only a certain amount of dives before they are sold and replaced with new suits. They are inspected after every tour to assure a minimum of possible failure.
However, dry suits are often custom-made to fit each and every individual. This is especially the case with regard to the wrist and neck seals sizes. Even though we do our very best to prevent it, in rare occasions it does happen that someone gets wet.
Do you pick me up at my hotel or do I need to come to a pick up point?
Yes, we will pick you up at your hotel in central/downtown Reykjavik. Transportation is included in the price of the Diving Silfra Day Tour, but for snorkelers the transportation service costs an additional 5.000 ISK. If you stay outside Reykjavik, you need to arrange your own transport into Reykjavik, preferably the BSI bus station, where we can fetch you. You can also meet us in the National Park Thingvellir if you have your own transport.
What clothes do I need to bring on a multiple day tour?
Appropriate clothes. In Iceland you need to be ready for the whole range of weather, certainly bring warm clothes and something for when it rains.
Don´t forget your hiking shoes and long underwear plus thick wool socks.
How cold is the water in Silfra?
The water temperature is 2-4°Celsius all year around. This converts to 35-39°Fahrenheit.
How far is it to Silfra from Reykjavik?
It is about 60 km from Reykjavik to Silfra and it takes a little less than one hour to drive the distance by car. If you choose to drive yourself and don‘t know the way, please plan in a buffer so the group doesn't have to wait for you. You can find a map with directions on our Contact page.
Do you see any life in Silfra?
No, not really. Silfra is a scenic dive and even though there are plenty of fish in Thingvellir lake, we hardly see them in the Silfra fissure itself.