Dive Silfra and whale watching selfdrive tour at DIVE.IS

Dive Silfra & Whale Watching - Meet on location

An awe inspiring experience

Explore the world of whales

The combination of diving in Silfra followed by whale watching is a great way to get to know the many forms of one of Iceland’s most prominent elements: water.

The day begins on a whale watching boat for an unforgettable trip into the world of whales and sea birds with our trusted whale watching partner, Elding adventure at sea. As this is a self drive tour, you will make your way to Elding's office at the old Reykjavik harbor.

The various types of whales commonly sighted include minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and the popular humpback whales. You will be accompanied by sea birds such as gannets, guillemots, cormorants, kittiwakes, arctic terns, and many more. The trip also takes you past several islands inhabited by colonies of puffins, which provides a great photo opportunity!

You will then have time for a quick bite before your drive to the National Park Thingvellir where you will dive once in Silfra. You can meet us directly at the Silfra meeting point in Thingvellir National Park

Please note that in order to dive in Silfra you must have dry suit diving certification OR 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of the Silfra tour date. These 10 dives must be confirmed with written proof signed by a diving instructor.

Silfra is a crack in the earth created by the powerful forces of the movement of tectonic plates. The fissure was created by the North American and Eurasian continental plates ripping apart from one another. Crystal clear glacial water fills this crack in the earth, creating a stunning underwater world. You can read more about the Diving Silfra Day Tour here.

After your tour, we suggest you continue on the Golden circle, a very popular sightseeing route in Iceland. Other sightseeing locations on the Golden circle are Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring and Kerið crater.

If someone in your party doesn't dive but wants to join the whale watching tour, you can book them in from our other tours page.

Our Souvenirs can be purchased in your booking process by selecting them under "Extras". If the Souvenir you are looking for is not listed below please contact us or leave a comment in your booking and we will bring it on tour with us.
Photos from your tour can be purchased directly from your guide at Silfra for 3000 ISK.

jxlendon 23.02.2022
A perfect example of a BUCKET LIST experience!!

Wow wow wow. I simply couldn’t recommend Dive.Is enough. We actually did two tours. One self drive Snorkel and Whale Watching and the other with Scuba instead of snorkelling. Whale watching with Elding was great fun and a worthwhile experience, but Silfra was the main event. It’s something that’s been on my bucket list for a while and I’m really pleased that we went with this company. Clarence and Andreas were so welcoming and accommodating with everything and made the experience even better with their humour and friendliness. The photos taken were awesome and I’m so grateful that I’ve got proof of just how incredible it was!! Genuinely, I wouldn’t go with another company. They were great and Clarence and Andreas deserve every single credit for it!!

DIVE.IS is rated No. 1 of all 347 Outdoor Activities in Reykjavik

Tour Details

  • 1 February - 31 October, daily

  • Don't see a tour time that works for you? Contact us at dive@dive.is and we will find the best time

  • Time: Whale Watching at 09:00 & Diving at 14:00 (March - October) or 14:30 (February)

  • 7 hours

  • Maximum 3 divers per instructor

  • More people on the whale watching boat

  • Minimum 2 divers. We will refund you in full if the minimum is not met

  • Available as a self-drive tour only

  • Whale watching tour operated by Elding Adventures at Sea

From ISK 46.480


Diving tour

  • 1 guided dive in Silfra
  • Full diving gear
  • Hot chocolate and cookies after the dive (vegan options available)
  • Entrance fee into Silfra

Whale Watching tour

  • 2,5-3,5 hr. whale watching tour
  • Use of warm overalls and blankets
  • Excellent live guidance in English
  • Complimentary WiFi on board
  • Access to our Wildlife Exhibition
  • Heated indoor saloon
  • Large viewing windows
  • Whale guarantee (or try again for free)
  • Pictures taken by crew (if possible)

Please bring:

  • Your SCUBA dive certification card (PADI Open Water or equivalent)
  • Proof of dry suit diving certification OR written proof from a diving instructor of 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of tour date
  • Long underwear
  • Thick socks
  • Suitable clothes for the weather of the day
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Safety requirements

Participants must:
  • be a certified diver at the level of PADI Open Water or equivalent

  • have dry suit diving certification and a logged dry suit dive within two years of the tour date OR have at least 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of the tour date and be able to provide written proof from a diving instructor of these dry suit dives. PDF

  • have read, signed, and followed directions on the online Diving Silfra Medical Statement PDF

  • have our Diving Medical form signed off by a doctor if they are age 60 or older PDF

  • sign our liability release form at the start of the diving tour PDF

  • be at minimum 150cm / maximum 200cm

  • be at minimum 45kg / maximum 120kg

  • fit within our dry suit size chart PDF

  • be at least 17 years of age (signature of legal guardian required for under 18 year old participants)

  • be physically fit

  • be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit

  • be able to communicate in English

  • not be pregnant

Timeline of your tour

Your bookable extras

Experience the tour

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Guides on this tour

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Thingvellir National Park
801 Selfoss

Elding Whale Watching

Ægisgardur 5
101 Reykjavik

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