Drysuit Snorkelling Tour in Silfra

Drysuit Snorkelling Tour in Silfra
Silfra is famous the world over for its dramatic scenery and crystal clear water.
Experience nature like never before with a drysuit snorkelling tour in Silfra.
Swimming over the gorgeous Silfra Cathedral, the fissure's deepest point.
There are many hiking trails and attractions in Thingvellir for those who choose to forgo the diving experience.
The crystal clear clarity of Silfra Lagoon, at the end of the fissure.
Silfra is instantly recognisable for its tantalizing deep blue colour.
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Dive into this drysuit snorkelling tour of Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Conducted at the edge of Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland, this tour is sure to enthral and mesmerise you!

You'll have an unforgettable view down into the depths below, thanks to the silvery water which gives Silfra its name. The water is so clear, you'll be able to see as far as 100 m (almost 330 ft) down, to the shadowy caves that are formed by centuries of earthquakes widening the fissure and releasing the pressures of the earth's crust.

It's the only place on earth where you can swim between a meeting place of worlds: the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Witness the strength and power of the land as you drift on the current. Plants resembling troll hair grow on the rocks, floating in the water, and you'll see many shades of green and yellow algae.

Silfra was recently ranked #15 on the World's Best Dive Sites, chosen by CNN News. With this tour, you can experience the mysteries below without being a fully qualified diver, and make a fun afternoon of it while you enjoy the national park. There are also several walking trails around Silfra if you'll like to enjoy the scenery by the water.

Because you're wearing a drysuit, you'll view Silfra from the surface while the slow current carries you through a stunning underwater landscape. You stay dry underneath the drysuit, and you'll be warmer in the water, which is usually around 2–4 °C (36–39 °F).

It's so cold because it is meltwater from Langjökull glacier, filtered through porous lava rock for as much as 100 years before finally flowing into the fissure at the height of purity. Go ahead, take a sip!

Don't miss your chance for a refreshing dip in the purest water on earth! Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Feb.
  • Duration: 4,5 hours
  • Activities: Snorkelling
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 14 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Þingvellir, Silfra, Þingvallavatn
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:45, 08:45, 10:45, 11:45, 13:45.

1 Mar - 30 Sept:  
Pick up is at 7:45 AM and 10:45 AM, no pick up for 15PM tour

1 Oct - 31 Oct:
Pick up is at 7:45 AM and 10:45 AM

1 Nov - 28 Feb:
Pick up is at 8:45 AM and 11:45 AM

Included:
  • Drysuit

  • FREE photos

  • Hot chocolate

  • Snorkel

  • Fins

  • Gloves

  • Hood

  • Mask

  • English speaking guide


What to bring:
  • Warm undergarments and clothing (fleece/wool sweater and pants)

  • Thick socks

  • Towel


Good to know:

We offer pick-up, but you can also drive yourself. If you prefer to arrive at the location in your own vehicle, please be there at listed tour starting time. Please note that times displayed on the booking portal are listed pickup times, and the correct tour start time will be displayed on your voucher. Please also note that pick up is not available for the 15:00 tour during the summer season (departure booked at 13:45).

The meeting point is Silfra car park in Thingvellir National Park. Please park your car at “Thingvellir P5” and walk 400m back along the road until you reach a smaller car park with all the snorkel and dive vans, and look for your Adventure Vikings guide. Please be there, ready to meet your guide 5-10 minutes before your tour is due to begin. For GPS: 64°15’23.5″N 21°6’58.6″W

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Prerequisites for this tour:

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

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

Be able to swim and be comfortable in water

Be physically fit

Not pregnant

Be at least 14 years of age

Not wear glasses. We advise you to get contact lenses before joining us on tour.

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Please note that should you have any neurological, circulatory or respiratory problems or underlying diseases, battled any illnesses or have any physical problems you might have to turn in a physicians allowance to participate in this tour. If you are over 45 and partake/have partaken in pipe smoking or heavy alcohol intake, you might need a medical waiver. If you are over 65 years of age, you need a medical waiver. Please contact the operator for further information and application papers.



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What a breathtaking experience! From start to finish we had an incredible time! Adam was our tour guide and we could not have asked for anyone better! Not only was the snorkeling of Silfra breathtaking, the ride to the drop off location was filled with beautiful landscape too. I highly recommend you book your tour when the sun is highest in the sky - this will allow you to be able to see straight down with few shadows and it adds some nice warmth to your back as well. I'm not a good swimmer, by any means, but Adam and the other snorkeling instructor, Luis, took the time to educate us and made everyone feel comfortable about how to manage the experience. Make sure to bring warm socks - maybe even two pairs - because your feet do get a bit chilly!
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Adam was an excellent guide. The best! He went above and beyond to help my daughter & me. And he took good care of the group (six of us altogether). This was one of the most memorable experiences we had during our visit to Iceland, and Adam at Adventure Viking helped make it special for us. Thanks!
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This tour was amazing! Like everyone else says, a once in a lifetime experience. Getting into the drysuit was a bit challenging but it definitely kept us warm (well we didn't freeze at least), my face was numb by the end but it was totally worth it. I highly recommend going with Adventure Vikings, they keep the groups small (around 5/6 pax) and everything was explained thoroughly so you know exactly what to expect. Ivan was our guide, he was amazing! He even brought a camera to take pictures of everyone in the group. It was also the first time snorkeling for both my sister and I but we were in good hands and felt totally safe throughout the entire tour.
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Adam from Adventure Vikings was absolutely the best! This is a MUST do whilst in Iceland. Adventure Vikings is a small company, which is always my preferred ones as they never overbook their tours and the activities are very personalised. Be prepared to get on your drysuit that is quite a challenge, but the guides are there to help. Water is (obviously) very cold! My hands were numb by the end of this experience, but it is SO worth it! Make sure you definitely do this. I went during the winter and of course it was extra cold outside, but can’t wait to be able to come back to iceland in the summer and be able to do this also then! Make sure you go with some thermal underwear and NOT show up in shorts and flip flops! Thick socks are great also. Your hair will get a but wet but that’s about it. You’re very well protected with the drysuit. Adam was great in telling us what to expect and everything was really enjoyable! With the added bonus that they take pictures of you whilst you’re snorkelling so after a few days you have a great memory of it. 10/10
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Nous avons fait du snoorkeling avec Bryndis et nous avons adoré cette expérience! Bryndis a été superbe avec nous, elle a pris le temps d’expliquer comment aller se dérouler la sortie et elle a été à l’écoute. Lors de notre sortie snoorkeling elle nous a pris en photo et nous a laissé le temps de découvrir chacun de notre côté les fonds de couleurs bleue et verte incroyables! On était en petit groupe c’etait très sympa. On ne ressent pas du tout le froid à travers la combinaison, juste un peu aux mains et dans le cou mais on oublie vite lorsqu’on découvre la splendeur de ce lieu!! À la fin de sortie on a bu un chocolat chaud pour nous réchauffer. Nous recommandons à 100 % cette expérience avec cette compagnie à la faille de Silfra! Merci encore à Bryndis et Natalia pour leur professionnalisme et leur bonne humeur :)
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Our tour guide Luis was fantastic! This was my first time snorkeling and he made everything so easy. We spent bout 45 minutes total in the water, we got to swim on our own for a bit and the pictures that Luis took during the trip were perfect!
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This was by far the best experience i have had while in Iceland. Luis made the snorkeling experience amazing and fun. The sights were beautiful and well worth the little cold of the water. I would highly recommend to anyone traveling to Iceland!
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It was so amazing experience in snorkeling for me since the underwater here was definitely crystal clear that I have ever seen before. Though I have gone dive a lot around the world, this snorkeling made me quite impressed just watching on the surface of water. I think it should be visible over 100m especially at shallow areas in Silfra. Also you do not have to worry about the cold underwater as you can wear dry suits and your instructor helps putting on it. Actually, you could forget to feel cold while just looking at the amazing water view haha. What are you waiting for?
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A great once in a lifetime experience! Beautiful and our guides were so helpful and patient!
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It was magical, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our guide was so helpful getting us into and out of our suits and so knowledgeable about the area. This was my favorite activity on this trip, and I recommend it wholeheartedly (even in winter, which is when I did it). It was a marvel.
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