Dive Silfra - A MUST for every dry suit diver

Immerse yourself in a unique underwater world with unmatched water clarity and swim between the Eurasian and American continental plates!

If you would like to ride with us your Silfra Diving Day Tour begins when we pick you up from your accommodation in Reykjavík. During the one-hour drive to Thingvellir National Park, your guide will introduce you to the unique geological and cultural history of Silfra and the surrounding Thingvellir area. If you have your own transportation, you also have the option of meeting us directly at Thingvellir Park. Click on this link and you find directions to the meeting point in Thingvellir.

Upon arrival at the Silfra fissure, your guide will give you a detailed briefing of the dive site and will then assist you in setting up the dive equipment. We use only high quality BARE and Aqualung brand SCUBA equipment and APEX or Aqualung regulators.

Then it’s time to take the plunge and experience diving into Silfra’s pristine, crystal clear water. Filtered over decades by Iceland’s volcanic basaltic rock, you can easily take a sip during your dive; you won’t find purer drinking water.

During your dive you will explore the four main parts of Silfra. You will float through Big Crack, Silfra’s narrowest section, where you can have your ‘Dive Between the Continents’ photo taken. As the fissure widens you will find yourself in the majestic Silfra Hall with the possibility of local geese and ducks paddling overhead. Near to the opening to Thingvallavatn we will enter the Silfra Cathedral; if there are divers ahead you will see the ‘chandelier effect’ of their rising bubbles. Your dive is finished in the endless visibility of Silfra Lagoon.

After this first dive, we will make our way back along a challenging but rewarding 250 meter path with our dive gear and then warm our hands and spirits with hot chocolate and cookies. Don’t hesitate to ask your guide if you need some assistance with your gear.

This tour includes two dives. Each dive will take about 30-40 minutes with a maximum depth of 18 meters. In the winter, however, if the outside temperature drops below 0°C, we conduct only one extended (40-45 minute) dive for the safety and comfort of our divers.

If you have friends or family who are not certified divers but would also like to experience Silfra, they would be very welcome to join the Snorkelling Silfra Day Tour.

NOTE:
In order to join this tour you must have dry suit certification OR 10 logged dry suit dives within the last two years of tour date and be able to provide written proof from a diving instructor of these dry suit dives. 

 

Colours & reflection in Silfra Lagoon © Magnus Lundgren
Colours & reflection in Silfra Lagoon © Magnus Lundgren
Two divers coming up from Silfra Cathedral © Charles Hood
Two divers coming up from Silfra Cathedral © Charles Hood
Diver inspecting lava bolder in Silfra, Thingvellir, Iceland © René Lipmann
Diver inspecting lava bolder in Silfra, Thingvellir, Iceland © René Lipmann

Tour Details

Availability:

All year around, daily

This tour is also available as the Snorkeling Silfra Day Tour.

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.
  • have read, signed, and followed directions on the Diving Silfra Medical Statement
  • be at minimum 150cm / maximum 200cm
  • be at minimum 45kg / maximum 120kg
  • be at minimum 17 years of age (signature of legal guardian required for under 18 year old participants) / maximum 65 years of age
  • be physically fit
  • be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit
  • be able to communicate in English or have a translator available at all times during the tour
  • not be pregnant

Please note:
Participants are not allowed on tour without signing the Diving Silfra Medical Statement and, if necessary, a physician’s approval which can be found with the Medical Statement. Please read the Diving Silfra Medical Statement prior to booking to make sure that you are eligible for the tour.

Each participant must sign our liability release form at the start of the tour.

Duration:

6-8 hours from the time of pick up in Reykjavík to the return.  If you meet us at Silfra, please expect to be with us for 4-6 hours.

Min / Max:

For your safety and convenience we conduct this tour with a minimum of 1 and a maximum ratio of 3 divers per dive instructor.

Please bring:
  • your SCUBA dive certification card (PADI Open Water or equivalent)
  • proof of dry suit certification or 10 logged dry suit dives within two years of tour date
  • long underwear
  • thick socks
  • suitable clothes for the weather of the day
Included:
  • Free hotel pick up and return in Reykjavik
  • guide
  • 2 guided dives (if temperature drops below 0°C we do only 1 dive)
  • all necessary equipment
  • hot choclate and cookies in the dive break
  • entrance fee of ISK 1.000,- into Silfra
Meeting times at Silfra:

Please see booking calendar below for available tour times on the day you wish to come.

Pick up in Reykjavík begins one hour EARLIER than the tour times shown below.

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Frequently asked Questions

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.
What dive/snorkel equipment do you use?
Please read details about our dive equipment on our equipment website.
Are the dry suits very tight / uncomfortable?
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.
How deep are the Silfra dives?
The maximum allowed depth in Silfra is 18 meters / 60 feet. Depending on the qualifications and experience of the divers, the dive might be shallower for safety and convenience.
Do you rent out UW cameras or do you take photos on the Silfra tours?
Our dive & snorkel guides usually carry an underwater camera on the dives and when snorkeling in Silfra. These photos are available for purchase for the price of ISK 2.990,-. The photos will be uploaded as high resolution images on dropbox. Please note that we can not guarantee that photos are taken on every single tour. The reasons are mainly due to safety. Our dive guides often leave the camera behind on the first dive to have the hands free to help the divers. The same can happen on snorkelling tours if the guides evaluates that members in the group need help in the water.
How long are the Silfra dives?
Each of the Silfra dives is usually between 30 and 40 minutes long.
Will I get very cold on this dive?
Our dry suits and thermal undergarments are of highest quality and will keep you warm and comfortable even though the water is just above freezing. Still, we recommend you bring thin long underwear for additional comfort and hygiene. However, it is usually in the winter time that guests who are not well enough dressed for the weather get cold before dressing into our equipment. Hands can sometimes get a bit cold in the end of the dive. Even though we use the best and thickest dive gloves: 7 mm neoprene three finger mittens. It depends on the person and most people don‘t get cold hands at all, but some do. The cup of hot chocolate after the dive will help to warm them up again.
Can I take the PADI dry suit course on this tour?
Yes you can and we strongly recommend it. Please read all about the PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course.
I forgot my certification card. Is there any way to look my certification up online?
If you are PADI or SSI certified we can look you up online. We need you full name (incl. middle name) and your birth date before the tour starts. When you meet our guides you will need to present an ID. If you are certified with any other organization, we are unfortunately unable to look you up. In this case you will not be able to participate.
What type of certification do I need in order to participate in this tour?
You need to be a PADI Open Water Diver or above or proof equivalent certification from another organization. The PADI Open Water Diver certification means that you can dive down to 18 meters without the direct supervision of an instructor, and if you are certified through a different diving organization, your certification must meet that criteria as well. In order to join this tour you must also have dry suit certification OR 10 logged dry suit dives within the last two years of tour date and be able to provide written proof from a diving instructor of these dry suit dives.
My friend wants to snorkel, can we do the tour together?
Yes, but if you need transportation from Reykjavík we unfortunately cannot guarantee that we will be able to pick up snorkelers in the same van as the divers.  The only way to guarantee that you will travel together to Silfra is if you drive yourselves.  Once at the site, divers and snorkelers are split into separate groups with different guides, but it is a small area and you will surely see each other.  Please note that national park regulations do not allow divers and snorkelers to be in the same spot in the water at the same time.
Do you guarantee 2 dives on the Silfra Day Tour?
We always try to do 2 dives. If the air temperature drops below 0°Celsius / 32°Fahrenheit, we do only one dive due to safety reasons (the equipment will freeze after the first dive). This happens usually in the winter season only.
Is it cheaper if I do only one dive?
If a diver decides to do only one dive, no refund is granted unless it is due to a fault of DIVE.IS, e.g. equipment failure.
How far do I have to walk with the dive gear?
It lies in the nature of the geography of Silfra that we have our entry point at a different location than the exit point. It is somewhat a drift dive. From the exit point at the edge of the Silfra Lagoon we need to walk back to the car park. The distamce is approx. 250m and the walk can get quite exhausting with full dive gear. If it gets to heavy for you, please ask your guide to help you or just leave some of your gear behind. We will pick it up for you a bit later.
Can I bring my own dive equipment?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your own equipment and will receive a ISK 5.000,- discount of the day tour price when bringing the full set of dive gear excluding tanks & weights. Please make sure that your equipment is serviced and rated for cold water diving. If your equipment fails you compromise your safety and miss the dive.
What is the best time of year to dive Silfra?
There is no best or worst time to dive Silfra. Every season and every weather has its advantages. A calm and overcast winter day will be amazing with beautiful reflections in Silfra´s water surface. A windy summer day with waves will cast sun ripples onto the Silfra bottom... a sight you will never forget. Generally in the summer there are more snorkelers & divers at Silfra, so the winters are calmer.
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.