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Silfra Snorkeling: Experience Crystal Clear Glacier Water Between the Continents

Snorkel between the North American and Eurasian continental plates in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park is filled with glacial water that has been seeping through underground lava rocks for decades producing the clearest water on earth. The fissure allows for over 100 metres of visibility.

This thrilling tour, which doesn’t require any previous experience, takes you to the Silfra fissure, which is filled with fresh spring water, making it a popular site for diving and snorkelling tours. The crystal-clear water reveals an underwater world with jagged canyon walls and plant life. The fissure is said to have opened in 1789 due to moving tectonic plates. It never freezes, keeping a constant temperature of 2-4°C.

On the snorkelling tour, you will receive a dry suit and be briefed on safety measures. Your expert guide will explain how to use the snorkelling equipment and ensure you stay warm and comfortable during your 30 to 45-minute tour.

Once you’ve been briefed, a professional guide will lead you through the four parts of the fissure, including the Big Crack, Silfra’s most narrow section. Here, the continental plates are so close you can almost stretch out and touch them. The guide will also take you to Silfra Hall, which has striking colours and exceptional clarity, as well as the Silfra Cathedral and the Silfra Lagoon.

If you’re looking for a tour that lets you get active and up close and personal with a significant part of Iceland’s unique geology, this tour is for you!

Availability
All year
Difficulty
Easy
Duration
3 hours
Minimum age
12
Meeting Point
Silfra Meeting Point

TourID: SSDT

Activity provider: Dive.is

Meeting point

Silfra Meeting Point

The meeting point is the location from where the tour begins.

Need to know

Participants are not allowed on tour without signing the Snorkeling Silfra Medical Statement and, if necessary, a physician’s approval which can be found on the second page of the Medical Statement document. Please read the Snorkeling Silfra Medical Statement prior to booking to make sure that you are eligible for the tour. Each participant must sign our liability release form at the start of the tour.

Please bring with you: long thermal underwear, warm wool socks, a hat, gloves and a scarf.

Requirements

Participants must:

  • Have read, signed, and followed directions on the Snorkeling Silfra Medical Statement
  • Sign our liability release form at the start of the tour
  • Be between 150cm and 200cm in height
  • Be between 45kg and 120kg in weight
  • Fit within our dry suit size chart
  • Be minimum 12 years of age on the year
  • Be comfortable in the water and be able to swim
  • Be physically fit
  • Be ready to wear a sometimes tight and constricting dry suit
  • Be able to communicate in English
  • Not be pregnant
From €131/person
  • Flexible Cancellation
  • No Booking Fees

Tour itinerary

Snorkeling Silfra

What’s included and what to bring on this tour

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Included

  • Guided snorkeling trip
  • All necessary snorkeling equipment
  • Hot chocolate and cookies after the snorkeling trip
  • Entrance fee of 1.500 ISK per person into Silfra

Not included

  • Clothing to be worn under the dry suit and undergarments are not provided

Tour highlights

Silfra
Þingvellir National Park
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