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 TripAdvisor chose our Snorkeling Tour the No 4 experience in the world!

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.

Afterwards, you can have a look around Thingvellir national park before driving back to Reykjavik.

If someone in your party doesn't snorkel but wants to join the whale watching tour, you can book them in from this 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.

nikkbumbum 17.09.2017
Great Experience

I choose to do this tour for the experience and it did not disappoint. The pictures with the clear vivid colours are exactly what you see when you experience it yourself. But to do in person is like nothing else. Yes it can get cold because your hands and face are not protected. But a little bit of chill is a small price to pay for a once in a lifetime experience and with their motivated, friendly, patient, knowledable guides is the perfect company to do this with. Steffano was our guide and he even went out of his way to take us through the scenic route on the drive back to share with us more of Iceland's beauty. The staff members in the office also deserve special mention. I had requested to add whale watching to the tour but had issues paying for the booking here in Canada. They were patient with me though and offered different solutions to the problem.

DIVE.IS is rated No. 1 of all 279 Outdoor Activities

Tour Details

  • 1 February - 31 October, daily

  • Time: Whale Watching at 09:00 & Snorkeling at 14:00 (May-November) or 14:30 (February - April)

  • 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 30.480


  • 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

Covid-19 safety precautions

  • We are a certified partner of the Clean and Safe initiative
  • Only 6 passengers with a guide
  • Plenty of space at Silfra to uphold the 2 meter rule
  • Mandatory mask use on our transfer bus and within 2m at Silfra (if needed)
  • Customers bring their own COVID19 face mask
  • Hand sanitizer and disposable gloves are provided in our bus and at Silfra
  • All equipment and vehicles are thoroughly sanitized after every tour
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Safety requirements

  • 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

  • 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

Timeline of your tour

Your bookable extras

You'll go snorkeling and whale watching here


Thingvellir National Park
801 Selfoss


Ægisgardur 5
101 Reykjavík

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