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Silfra Snorkeling & Laugarvatn Fontana Spa

Glacial water and geothermal energy in one day

Iceland has it all!

Experience the land of ice and fire

Silfra is a bucket list item for most if not all travellers that visit Iceland every day. And with good reason! Formed hundreds of years ago by the powerful earthquakes that shook this mysterious land, Silfra is a place like no other. This fissure between the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates is filled with crystal clear water that flows underground from the nearby Langjökull glacier and is filtered through the lava rocks for years before reaching the surface. Once it does emerge, what we have is the clearest and purest water on Earth. So pure in fact, that we encourage our customers to take a sip during their tour!

Your day will begin at the Silfra meeting point, where our amazing guides will welcome you and give you a detailed briefing of the adventure you are about to embark upon. They will give you a wealth of information about Silfra and its geological characteristics and they will be happy to answer all of your questions about this mesmerizing place. Then it will be time to gear up in the dry suit and make your way to the entry point (a metal staircase that makes it super easy to gradually step into the water).
During your snorkeling tour, which will last about 30 to 40 minutes, you will explore the four main parts of Silfra and you will observe the fascinating rock formations and colorful algae that populate the fissure. There is no life in Silfra, except for the occasional fish that gets there after losing its way from the Thingvallavatn lake.
You will go through the Big Crack, Silfra Hall and Silfra Cathedral. The last part of Silfra is called the Lagoon, because it's shallow and extremely clear. Here you will have some time to swim around and enjoy the unique environment. Your snorkeling tour ends when you get back to the parking lot, take the gear off and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies with your guide.

After the snorkeling tour, it will be time for you to get back on the road and drive for about 30 minutes to Laugarvatn Fontana Spa. The Laugarvatn village has been a renowned bathing spot since viking times thanks to the nearby geothermal hot springs. Laugarvatn Fontana Spa offers a comprehensive experience of the geothermal heat thanks to the beautiful hot pots, saunas and steam rooms that they built right on top of the hot springs. Guests are invited to soak in the hot pots and the most adventurous can also take a dip in the cold lake. Going from hot to cold water and viceversa is a renowned wellness practice that benefits circulation and muscles.

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa also offers drinks and a delicious buffet open for lunch and for dinner, but that's not all! You can also sign up for the tour of their geothermal bakery, where you will see how Icelanders used to bake bread underground, taking advantage of the geothermal heat. If you would like to add lunch, dinner or the tour of the geothermal bakery to your group tour, please let us know in advance so that we can organize it for you (additional costs apply).

Tour Details

  • All year round

  • About 2.5 hours at Silfra + 30 minutes drive to Laugarvatn Fontana Spa. You can stay at the spa for as long as you like.

  • Max. 6 snorkelers per guide

  • Contact us to book for your group

From ISK 15.500

Please bring:

  • Long underwear
  • Thick socks
  • Suitable clothes for the weather of the day
  • Contact lenses if you wear glasses
  • Bathing suit and towel

Included:

  • Guided snorkeling trip
  • All necessary snorkeling equipment
  • Hot chocolate and cookies after the snorkeling trip
  • Entrance fee into Silfra
  • Entrance fee at Laugarvatn Fontana Spa

Available at Laugarvatn Fontana Spa (extra fees apply):

  • Buffet lunch or dinner
  • Geothermal bakery tour

Safety requirements

For their safety, all participants must:
  • have read, signed, and followed directions on the online Snorkeling Silfra Medical Statement (link provided in confirmation email) PDF

  • have our Snorkeling Medical form signed off by a doctor if they are age 60 or older (page 2) PDF

  • sign our liability release form at the start of the snorkeling 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 12 years of age on the year and at least 45 kg / 99 lbs

  • be comfortable in the water and be able to swim

  • be physically fit

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

  • be able to communicate in English

  • not be pregnant

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