Dive into the world of whales

Between the 15th of May and the 15th of September we offer this combo tour in which we snorkel through Silfra and then go whale watching.

This tour is for snorkelers that want to make the most out of a day Iceland.

We will pick you up at your hotel in the morning and drive with you to the National Park Thingvellir where we will go snorkeling in Silfra.

Afterwards we will drive back to Reykjavik and drop you off at the harbor, where you will have the time to eat something before you get on the whale watching boat.

It’s an unforgettable trip into the world of whales and sea birds.

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!

Tour Details

Availability:

May 15th – September 15th, daily

This tour is also available as the Diving Silfra & Whale Watching Tour. Snorkelers and divers can do it together.

Prerequisites:

Participants must:

  • be at least 150cm tall
  • be comfortable in water and be able to swim
  • be physically fit
  • be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit
  • not be pregnant
  • contact lenses if you wear glasses
  • All participants age 60 or older and all participants under a doctor’s care for any ongoing medical condition must have our medical form signed by their physician.
Duration:

10+ hours

Min / Max:

Maximum of 8 snorkelers per guide.

On the whale watching boat are more people.

Please bring:
  • Long underwear
  • thick socks
  • suitable clothes for the weather of the day
Included:
  • Free hotel pick up
  • guide
  • guided snorkeling trip
  • all necessary equipment
  • hot choclate and cookies after Snorkeling in Silfra
  • entrance fee of ISK 1.000,- into Silfra
  • transport to whale watching harbour in Reykjavik
  • guided boat trip to watch the whales
Excluded:

Transport back to your hotel from the whale watching harbour in downtown Reykjavik

Departures:

Please see booking calendar below for available departures.

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Frequently asked Questions

Do I need to be able to swim in order to take part in Snorkeling?
Yes, you do. Even though the dry suits are very buoyant and keep you afloat we have made it a prerequisite for our snorkelers to be  able to swim and feel comfortable in water. This is for your own safety and comfort, as well as the guides' and the rest of the snorkelling group's safety and comfort.
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.
Do you offer photos of this Snorkelling Tour?
If you would like to get high resolution under water photos of your Snorkeling Tour, please let your guides know when you meet them. You can then purchase the photos from your guide after the tour.  These pictures are a great souvenir of this extraordinary adventure. Please be aware that we can't always guarantee the photo service. Unfortunately cameras can malfunction and sometimes the guide has other priorities than taking photos. The photos of your Snorkeling Tour plus a "Best of Silfra folder" will be made available to you in high resolution via Dropbox after the Snorkeling Tour. The price for this photo package is ISK 2.990,- additional to the Snorkeling Tour price.
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.
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.