Snorkel between Continents in Silfra | Free Underwater Photos

Snorkel between Continents in Silfra | Free Underwater Photos
The crystal clear waters provide and incredible way to view Iceland
Happy snorkellers at Silfra fissure.
Snorkelling between the continents at Silfra fissure is an excellent activity to do with friends or a partner.
At the Silfra fissure you can follow the steady stream while you take in the marvellous views through the crystal clear water.
Overlooking the surface of Silfra Fissure. You'll never believe what's just below the surface!
Your tour guides will help you capture this magical and unique snorkelling experience in a photo to last a lifetime.
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Join this fantastic excursion to explore the glacial depths of Iceland’s premier dive spot, the exquisite Silfra Fissure, with this incredible snorkelling tour. This is an amazing opportunity for any explorers in Iceland looking to visit one of the most unique places, not just in the country, but in the world. Get your picture taken with a GoPro while swimming across the continents and receive them on your email immediately after your tour at no extra cost!

You will begin this tour at the designated meeting point, Silfra Parking lot by the marked van at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once here, you will take a short journey through the volcanic, moss-laden fields of the National Park, finally unloading at the Silfra car park. Here, you will listen as your friendly and experienced PADI Divemaster guide provides a quick safety briefing. 

They will also hand out all of the necessary kits for snorkelling in Silfra, including neoprene hoods and gloves, a thermal undersuit, a drysuit and, of course, your own mask, snorkel and fins. This equipment will keep you buoyant throughout your time in the fissure, as well as offering a great deal of thermal protection against Silfra’s 2°C / 35°F glacial water. 

Once you enter the water, you will be immediately awestruck by the incredible shades of blue so prevalent in the fissure, as well as its jagged, algae strewn canyon walls. As you float above this canyon, you will have the opportunity to touch each side; this means that you’re placing your hands on both the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates (one of the major reasons as to why Þingvellir is so internationally beloved). 

Moving along the fissure, you will discover Silfra Hall (the fissure’s widest section) and the magnificent Silfra Cathedral (the fissure’s deepest section), as well as a gorgeous shallow oasis at the fissure’s end known as the “Real Blue Lagoon”.

So don't delay any further! Hurry now and you too can discover the amazing sights of Silfra glacial fissures, one of the major wonders to be found in Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Þingvellir, Silfra, Þingvallavatn
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00. 09:30, 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00,

Silfra Parking lot at Thingvellir National Park
Meeting point is in Silfra parking by where the marked company vans are 20 min before the tour starts. Medical statement can be found here
  • Free GoPro Underwater Photos

  • Small Group Guarantee (6 participants per guide)

  • Certified PADI Divemaster as Guide

  • All Snorkelling Equipment

  • Warm Thermal Undersuit and Drysuit over it

  • Silfra entrance fee

  • Hot Drinks and Cookies after the tour

  • Transfer to/from Reykjavík

What to bring:
  • Warm Outdoor Clothing

  • Thick Warm Socks

  • Comfortable Underwear

  • Contact Lenses (if needed)

Good to know:

Attention before booking. Note that to be able to take this tour, you have to be able to comply with the following requirements:

- Have read, signed, and followed directions on the Snorkeling Silfra Medical Statement Form. You will receive a link to it on your voucher once you book the tour.

- Be comfortable in water and be able to swim.

- Communicate in English at the time of the tour.

- Be physically fit.

- Not be pregnant.

- You must be ready to wear a tight and constricting dry suit to protect your body from the cold.

- You must be a minimum of 150 cm and a maximum of 200 cm in height and weigh between 45 and 120 kilos along with being physically fit.

- If you are over 60 years of age, you need a medical waiver, available on page 2 of the medical form.

- You must be a minimum of 12 years of age to participate in this tour. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian booked on the same tour.

- If you are over 45 and partake/have partaken in pipe smoking or heavy alcohol intake, you need a medical waiver.

- 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.

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One of our best experiences during our stay in Iceland! For me it was a freezing cold day and I was kind of worried about the tour, but it was perfect! Our guide, Ronan, was absolutely awesome. Really nice, explained everything, made us feel confortable and took some wonderful, and funny, photos. Marcus, who cjecked us in, was really nice too. Definetely recomend!
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The overall experience is good. Cold weather but really stunning underwater view.
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Anais was our guide and she was great. Funny, informative and relaxed. It was an awesome tour and we had a great time!
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Our guide Ann was totally amazing! It was my first time snorkeling and I was a little nervous about it, but she took it all away and made it totally easy for me. Actually, the hardest part is getting into your suits but you get a lot of help with that :) There was a lot of information for all of us, all told with funny stories in between, so that you remember everything well. The colours in the fissure were so beautiful and you even don't have to swim because of the current and the floaty suits. I had absolutely no problem with the cold, but you get tipps what to do even for this case.
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This was absolutely fantastic! Our guide, Lovisa, was amazing. She was knowledgeable AND fun! I have never been in a dry suit (didn't even know that they existed), and this was such a fun experience. The snorkeling was spectacular (caveat from my nephew, "the best snorkeling that you could possibly do without fish"), the geology was incredible. the water was SO clear and delicious. I don't think that I have ever snorkeled where I could just drink the water if it got into my snorkel!! I highly recommend this tour!
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Had an amazing time. Our guide was great and really made the experience enjoyable. One gal in our group started to panic and the guide was extremely professional and handled the situation very well. The lady ended finishing the tour and really enjoyed her experience and the rest of us in the group weren't affected by it. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!
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Our guide was amazing and very knowledgeable. It was a fantastic experience and very well organized.
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What an amazing experience! Our guide Dimitri was helpful, attentive, supportive and knowledgeable. The snorkeling was "other-worldly" in the gorgeous aqua blue glacial waters. We were suited up in outfits that kept us comfortable throughout the amazing adventure and were served hot chocolate and cookies afterward. As a bonus, we received an email with dozens of photos taken by Demitri. I would definitely recommend this experience.
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Silfra is such a special place. From the beginning to end of the trip we were treated so nicely. I went with my boyfriend, it was our first stop in Iceland. We were both very excited! I was a little nervous and Xabier, our guide, was so kind and really calmed me down and made sure I felt comfortable. Everyone that was part of the tour had a smile and was very helpful. Xabier also took a good amount of pictures during the excursion. Make sure to stay close to the guide if you want a couple extra. I would highly recommend this trip. It's a must when coming to Iceland.
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