Join this fantastic snorkelling tour in the world famous Silfra Fissure, found in Iceland's only UNESCO World Heritage site, Þingvellir National Park. This is the perfect tour opportunity for adventure-hungry travellers looking to experience an activity that can be found nowhere else on earth; swimming between the continents.
After being picked up from your accommodation in Iceland's capital, Reykjavík, you will be driven roughly forty minutes to one of the country's most beautiful and important regions, Þingvellir. Not only is this one of the only places in the world that you can see both the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates exposed from the earth, it is also where the world's first democratically elected parliament, the Alþingi, was formed in 930 AD.
Aside from its rich geological and historical draws, Þingvellir is also home to the glacial spring, Silfra Fissure. Here, water originating from Langjökull glacier travels for half a century through underground tunnel networks before exiting at Silfra.
The fissure itself is directly between the North American and Eurasian plates, taking the form of a deep blue canyon with visibility that can often reach 100 metres. The water at Silfra is 2-4° Celsius (35-39°Fahrenheit), never freezing thanks to the light current that runs through the fissure.
In order to give yourself thermal protection in the water, you will be wearing 7mm wetsuits; whilst thinner than a drysuit, wetsuits provide more flexibility and movement in the water, allowing you to dive and swim to your heart's content rather than merely float on the surface.
Silfra Fissure is split into three distinct segments; Silfra Hall (the fissure's widest point), Silfra Cathedral (the fissure's deepest point) and "The Real Blue Lagoon", a shallow area of cracks and sand at the fissure's end. Snorkelling in Silfra Fissure is available as a tour all year round.
So don't don't hesitate any longer. Hurry now and you too can experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the underwater majesty of Silfra Fissure. Check availability by choosing a date.
Prerequisites for this tour:
Be at least 145 cm (4’9") and max 2.10m (6,10")
Be at least 45 kg (100 lbs) and max 130 kg. (300 lbs)
Be able to swim and be comfortable in water
Be physically fit
Be at least 12 years of age
Be mentally, physically, psychologically and medically fit to do swim in the water
This tour is not suitable for pregnant women. 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 60 years of age, you need a medical waiver. Please contact the operator for further information and application papers.