Silfra and the Golden Circle | Snorkelling and Sightseeing

Silfra and the Golden Circle | Snorkelling and Sightseeing
One of the main sites along the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route, Gullfoss waterfall.
Silfra Fissure holds a plethora of dramatic canyons, rock formations and dazzling colour.
Diving down in a drysuit is very difficult, but possible; ask your guide for directions!
Silfra from the surface does little to indicate the amazing beauty beneath.
Snorkelling in Silfra requires you to wear a drysuit, mask and snorkel, neoprene hoods and gloves and a pair of fins.
'The Real Blue Lagoon', a shallow sandy area at the end of Silfra Fissure.
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Admire the incredible sites of the Golden Circle, and see one of them in an exhilarating and unique new way with a snorkelling adventure in Silfra. This tour is perfect for those who want to see Iceland’s most famous places, but don’t want to miss out on any excitement.

You will be picked up in the morning and head straight towards your snorkel; nothing, after all, will wake you up like a plunge into Icelandic spring water. 

Þingvellir, where Silfra is located, is within the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which are visible as soon as you enter the park. The geology and surrounding nature are breathtaking, and you will have your opportunity to explore them later in the day.

First, however, you will reach Silfra and get into your snorkelling gear. When you enter the ravine, you will be instantly mesmerised by its incredible beauty. Not only is it a dramatic gorge, up to 63 metres deep, but it is a freshwater spring, with some of the clearest naturally occurring water in the world; the visibility exceeds a hundred metres.

Once you have marvelled over this wonder, you will exit the water, get into your dry clothes, and start exploring Þingvellir. This park is not only famed for its geology but also its fascinating history. It was here, after all, that early Vikings formed a representative parliament in 930 AD, which still continues to this day. This makes Þingvellir the original site of the world’s longest-running parliament and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Following your walk through this area, you will head to the geothermal valley Haukadalur, home to hot springs, steam vents, and two geysers. The first of these was the first described in European literature and gave all others their name: Geysir itself. The second is Strokkur, which, unlike its neighbour, is incredibly active, erupting every ten minutes or so to heights of up to forty metres.

Finally, you will head to Iceland’s most famous waterfall, Gullfoss. This majestic natural feature tumbles in two tiers into a beautiful canyon, and there are several viewing platforms to admire it from. One of these sits just feet away from where the water is falling.

Do not hesitate to jump on this tour. Plunge into Silfra's depths, and explore the famed Golden Circle. Check booking availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Mar. - Dec.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 14 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Silfra
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:45, 08:45.

Please be at your pickup location in good time.

  • Your choice Wetsuit or Drysuit w/boots

  • FREE photos for snorkeling

  • Hot chocolate for snorkeling

  • All snorkeling equipment, mask, fins, hood, gloves

  • Pick up and drop off

  • English speaking guide

What to bring:
  • Clothes suited to dress under a drysuit such as long warm underwear or sweat suit, warm socks OR

  • Clothes suited to dress under a wetsuit such as swimsuits

  • Warm clothes to wear prior and after the snorkeling

  • Towel

  • Snack or Lunch

  • Camera

  • You can rent a GoPro camera by us

Good to know:

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.


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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Silfra and the Golden Circle | Snorkelling and Sightseeing
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