Private 2-Hour Snorkeling Tour on the Diamond Circle

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Keldunes, 85, 671 ?Sbyrgi, Iceland
2,5 hours
Minimum age
12 years old


Explore the underwater world of Litlaa river in North Iceland, discovering bubbling sands and green algae fields by booking this incredible excursion. Those eager for a unique snorkeling experience in a geothermal river should book this private tour now.

Your tour starts when you meet your guide at the meeting point at Asbyrgi on the Diamond Circle sightseeing route.

This excursion is a private tour, so it will be just you and your party. There's no need to wait for other guests, and the tour time can be customized to suit you and your other travel plans.

Your guide will give you a thorough safety briefing and all the snorkeling equipment you need for the trip. They'll help you put in on and ensure you feel comfortable.

Once fully kitted up, you'll go to the entry platform and get into the waters of the Litlaa river. You'll spend between 30 and 45 minutes in the water.

The Litlaa river, nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of North Iceland just south of the Arctic Circle, is a serene and picturesque waterway that meanders through the remote countryside.

Litlaa river translates to "Little River" in Icelandic, and it was formed in 1976 by the eruption of the Krafla volcano.

Geothermal activity from nearby hot springs mixed with colder water from nearby Lake Skjalftavatn keeps the river at a comfortable temperature of 54-63 F (12-17 C).

The shallow river has a slow-moving current, making for ideal snorkeling conditions. Its waters are more like a lagoon, and you'll find it easy to explore the different areas of the river.

Water from the hot springs erupts at the bottom of the river, causing ripples known as "bubbling sands." You'll see volcanic sands, multi-colored sediments, and green algae.

The river is also home to wildlife, including snails and trout, so you may see some of these during your snorkeling tour.

During the tour, your guide will take photos using an underwater camera. You'll receive these photos after the tour to relive the fantastic memories you made on the day.

After snorkeling, you'll return to the meeting point, where you'll be given cookies and hot chocolate to warm up. You can chat with your guide, ask questions about what you've seen in the river, and look at the photos taken.

Don't miss this unforgettable experience of exploring beneath the surface of a geothermal river on this private snorkeling tour in North Iceland. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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All necessary snorkeling equipment including a dry suit
Hot chocolate and cookies after the snorkeling trip
Expert, English-speaking guide
Photos from the tour





What to bring

Long underwear
Thick socks
Warm, waterproof clothing

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Prerequisites for this tour:

Be at minimum 4'9 (145cm) tall/maximum 6'7 (200cm) tall.

Be at minimum 99 lbs (45kg) / maximum 264 lbs (120kg).

Be able to swim and be comfortable in the water.

Be physically fit.

Not pregnant.

Be at least 12 years of age.

Not wear glasses. Please use contact lenses when joining this tour.


Please note that you might have to turn in a physician's allowance to participate in this tour if you have any neurological, circulatory, or respiratory problems or underlying diseases, battled any illnesses, or have any physical problems. If you are over 45 and partake/have partaken in pipe smoking or heavy alcohol intake, you might need a medical waiver. You need a medical waiver if you are over 65 years of age. You must sign the medical statement and liability waiver before the tour.

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