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Silfra Snorkeling Self-Drive

Snorkel the world's clearest water

The Silfra fissure

Snorkeling between two continents

Snorkeling in Silfra is an astoundingly beautiful experience. We offer daily snorkeling tours of the famous Silfra fissure and if you prefer to drive yourself, you can meet us directly at the site!

Located about an hour from Reykjavík in Thingvellir National Park, Silfra is a deep fissure created by the diverging movement of the tectonic plates. This fissure is constantly being filled with fresh glacial spring water that has been filtered underground through lava rock for 30-100 years. The filtered glacial water creates one of the clearest bodies of water on earth, providing underwater visibility of up to 120 meters.

On the snorkeling tour of Silfra, you’ll be dressed in a high-quality dry suit by our expert guides so that you can get into the near-freezing water without getting wet. You should be sure to wear long thermal underwear and a couple pairs of thick wool socks to help keep you warm. Your guide will lead you on an approximately 30 minute snorkel through the Silfra fissure. The bouyant dry suit will keep you afloat and a gentle current leads you through the canyon. All you need to do is keep your eyes open and let yourself be immersed in this amazing scenery.

During the snorkeling tour you will see the four main sections of Silfra. The first section is known as Big Crack, an impressively deep caynon that narrows at depth so that the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are nearly touching. The next section, Silfra Hall, is significantly wider, which allows more light so that the full spectrum of Silfra’s colors reveals itself. The awe-inspiring Silfra Cathedral follows. Nature had its best architect at work in Silfra Cathedral, the deepest and, some would argue, most sublime part of Silfra.

As Silfra is located just off the main road in Thingvellir National Park, it is very accessible from Reykjavík as well as from towns on the south coast, such as Hveragerði and Selfoss. Thingvellir National Park is one of the highlights on the celebrated Golden Circle route. As the tour lasts in total about 2.5 hours, you have ample time to use the rest of the day for walking through Thingvellir Park and visiting the other sites on the Golden Circle, such as Geysir and Gullfoss, or to join a caving tour in Thingvellir.

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.

Indyisadog 28.12.2017
Amazing experience with DIVE.IS

"I did the snorkeling tour and my husband did the diving tour. The snorkeling group was small and we were the first in the water.
DIVE.IS is a professional and friendly company. From the booking to the logistics of running the tour, I have been very pleased! They are the only company that has a changing van - which is a HUGE plus when you’re changing in the cold. I should also add that the van is HEATED!!!! The hot Chocolate and cookies were delicious. I highly recommend booking with them. You will not be disappointed!"

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Tour Details

  • All year round, daily

  • Approx. 2.5 - 3 hours at the site

  • Maximum 6 snorkelers per snorkel guide

  • From ISK 15.990

Please bring:

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

Included:

  • Guided snorkelling trip
  • All necessary snorkelling equipment
  • Hot choclate and cookies after the snorkelling trip
  • Entrance fee into Silfra

Excluded:

Meeting times at Silfra:

Please see the booking calendar for available meeting times at Silfra for the snorkeling tour.

Pick up service:

If you would like transportation between Reykjavík and Silfra in our comfortable vans, please book the Snorkeling Silfra Day Tour with pick up in Reykjavík.

Safety requirements

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 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

  • be at least 14 years of age on the year

  • be comfortable in water and be able to swim

  • be physically fit

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

  • able to communicate in English

  • not be pregnant

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