Humpack whale with white flippers splashing water jumping halfway out of sea in Icelands Fjords

Silfra Snorkeling & Whale Watching

An awe inspiring experience of whales and Silfra

Dive into the world of whales

The combination of snorkeling through the famous Silfra fissure and 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 snorkel Silfra. You can meet us directly at the Silfra meeting point in Thingvellir National Park.

A snorkeling adventure in the famous Silfra fissure is an unforgettable experience, there is a reason this Snorkeling Tour was awarded the best tour in Iceland and 10th in the world on the 2024 Best of the Best Traveler's choice awards by Tripadvisor.

We can proudly state that DIVE.IS will offer you the best service level at Silfra. Let us tell you why:

  • We built our own changing room so that our guests have the opportunity to dress up inside a heated changing van.
  • After snorkeling in the cold water, we warm you up with hot cocoa and cookies.
  • Our guides are all experienced PADI divemasters and instructors that have been through professional training before running any of our tours.

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 Snorkeling Silfra Day Tour here.

Silfra fissure is located at Thingvellir National Park which is 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 snorkel 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.

I3368SMkevint 16.09.2022
Silfra Snorkeling with Dive.IS

Snorkeling between 2 tectonic plates was amazing!! Our guide, SILVIA, was great and she explained everything very well. She made sure each person in our group was fitted well with the provided gear so we wouldn’t get too wet. Silvia also took great photos!! 10/10 would recommend.

DIVE.IS is rated No. 1 of all 345 Outdoor Activities

Tour Details

  • 1 February - 31 October, daily

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

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

  • 7 hours

  • Maximum of 6 snorkelers per snorkel guide

  • Minimum 3 snorkelers. We will refund you in full if the minimum is not met

  • More people on the whale watching boat

  • Available as a self-drive tour only

  • Whale watching tour operated by Elding Adventures at Sea

From ISK 34.480


  • Guide
  • Guided snorkelling trip
  • All necessary snorkelling equipment
  • Hot choclate and cookies after the snorkeling trip
  • Entrance fee into Silfra
  • Guided boat trip to watch the whales

Please bring:

  • Long underwear
  • Thick socks
  • Suitable clothes for the weather of the day
  • Contact lenses if you wear glasses
  • A COVID19 face mask
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Safety requirements

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

  • 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 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

  • eat well before the tour

Timeline of your tour

Your bookable extras

Experience the tour

Guides on this tour

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Thingvellir National Park
801 Selfoss


Ægisgardur 5
101 Reykjavík

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Frequently asked questions about our Snorkeling Silfra & Whale Watching Combo Tour

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