Silfra and the Golden Circle | Snorkelling and Sightseeing

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Based on 9 traveller reviews

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 and you can choose whether you snorkel in a wetsuit or drysuit. 

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. The sights, therefore, are unbelievable and will take your mind from the cold instantly.

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, steaming 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.

Once the Golden Circle is complete, you will return to Reykjavík. This tour is sure to leave you in awe; not only will you have seen some of Iceland’s most incredible landmarks, but you'll also have seen one from underwater. 

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: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 16 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Silfra
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 09:00

Included:
  • Thingvellir National Park Silfra Fee

  • Your choice Wetsuit or Drysuit w/boots

  • Gloves

  • Hood

  • Snorkel

  • Snorkeling Mask

  • Fins


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 least 145 cm (4’8")

Be at least 50 kg (110 lb)

Be able to swim and be comfortable in water

Be physically fit

Not pregnant

Be at least 16 years of age

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.



Reviews

Average rating 4.9 / Number of reviews 9

I'm so glad that I joined this tour to challenge myself. I'm not a good swimmer so at first I was reluctant to join the snorkelling part, but the tour was absolutely fantastic. There were 10 people in the group and I was the first one to get into the water. It was terrifying for the first few seconds but I soon found that snorkelling was actually not that difficult. I wore two heat-tech t-shirts, one hoodie, a pair of thick leggings and a pair of thick socks underneath my drysuit so that I could stay warm; in the end all my clothing stayed dry after I finished the snorkelling part, but my friend's shirt collar was a little wet. The water is 2 degree celsius all year so your face and fingers might feel numb after snorkelling for 45 mins. Under the water there is indeed not much to see, as there are no fish or other water animals; all you could see are just some rocks and water plants, but you are sure to be amazed by the clear water and relaxed by the quietness down there. After snorkelling my friends and I continued our journey to visit the golden circle. We had to walk for 30 mins to join the other tour guide at Þingvellir. We were super tired so we all fell asleep on the car. Then we went to Haukadalur and Gullfoss which were both amazing.

The whole tour was fantastic, but snorkeling and Gullfoss were the highlights. Our guide Heimir was one of our top 3 favorite things we experienced on our entire trip to Iceland. I would recommend him to absolutely anyone.

Fantastic. Absolutely breathtaking (albeit terrifying for the first few seconds). Wesson was a terrific and very fun guide who really went the extra mile for those he led. Adventure Vikings were tremendous!

My trip with was awesome! I was the only person in my group to use a wetsuit and I must say it was well worth it. The experience of snorkeling in silfra was great.

This tour was hands-down our favorite one during our trip to Iceland! The snorkeling is one-of-a-kind and we have awesome memories to last a lifetime! Our guide was super friendly, very knowledgeable, and clearly had a great love and pride of his country. We recommended this tour to everyone on the other tours we took. Don't hesitate on this one, you won't regret it!

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