Diving in Silfra Fissure & Whale Watching in Faxafloi Bay

The geology and clarity are the two main reasons why people dive in Silfra.
A Minke Whale surfaces in front of the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík.
A Humpback Whale breaking the surface off the coast of Reykjavík.
A raised tail indicates that a Humpback Whale is about to make a deep dive.
Harbour Porpoises are hard to spot due to their shyness and size.
A particularly energetic Minke Whale breaching off of Reykjavík.

Venture the clear waters of Silfra fissure and dive between two continents before heading out to the deep blue seas in search of whales and wildlife in Faxaflói bay. If you want to have two essential Icelandic experiences on the same day, this is the tour combo for you. 

Your journey commences at your designated pickup place in Reykjavík where a shuttle bus collects you for the first leg of your adventure. Within an hour's time, you will be at Þingvellir National Park, ready to gear up for the transparent waters of Silfra. The dive is undertaken in a dry suit and the water will be cold, so make sure to dress in warm thermals underneath.

After a quick but thorough briefing, you will start your descent underneath the water’s surface to explore the otherworldly scenery below. Silfra is known as one of the top dive sites in the world, and diving in such a magical place is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Nothing can quite prepare you for the view from beneath the water. Colourful corals, unmatched rock formations, dancing vines and white sand all appear before you, amidst a crystal clear visibility of a water pure enough to gulp down. 

Once two dives are completed, you will be driven back to Reykjavík’s Old Harbour for your next adventure of the day. Search for the cetacean of Faxaflói bay, explore the bay’s surrounding areas and learn about the places and landscapes on the horizon.

For approximately three hours, you will search for whales in the open seas, but whale watching in Iceland boasts a success rate surpassing 90%. Orcas, fin whales, dolphins, blue whales and sperm whales are all likely candidates to appear, so pull out your camera and get ready for a close encounter with these magnificent and intelligent creatures.

After you return to shore early in the evening, you can continue exploring the downtown or catch your ride back to your accommodation to enjoy the rest of your night. 

Don't miss out on this fantastic Icelandic water combo of diving between two continents before meeting the whales of Faxaflói bay. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Sep.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Activities: Diving, Whale Watching, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Þingvellir, Silfra, Reykjavík Harbour
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:00

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Pick-up and drop-off in Reykjavík

  • Free Wi-Fi onboard 

  • Use of overalls on boat

  • English guide

  • All necessary diving equipment 

  • Hot chocolate and cookies after diving

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Photos of dive (available for extra charge)

What to bring:
  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

  • Warm clothing suitable for rainy or chilly weather

  • Change of clothes

  • Towel

Good to know:

Please note that this is a diving tour and not a snorkelling tour. Divers must be older than 18 years old and be a certified PADI open water diver (or equivalent - must bring certificate regardless) and active over the past two years.

Divers must be at least 150 cm or taller, weigh at least 45 kg and be physically fit to be able to join the tour. Dry suit diving experience is recommended as you will need to have either completed a drysuit speciality course, or have ten drysuit dives logged within this period. Total diving time is about 4 hrs. and includes 2 dives and a view of Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon.

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CHILDREN: Discounts for children are subject to the nature of the services and our service partners terms.

TOUR DEPARTURE: All our tours start from Reykjavík’s old harbour. The departure time is indicated on your confirmation/voucher. It is the service buyer’s responsibility to arrive at our tour office in time to check in and to board the boat.

LIABILITY: Elding Whale Watching reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables, change or cancel tour dates should the necessity arise, including irregularities due to adverse weather. The tours are run in wild nature and we can never guarantee sightings on a particular tour. In the unlikely event that no whales or dolphins are spotted during the tour we do not refund the tour price but offer a complimentary whale watching tour valid for two years. The estimated duration of tours are standard times and can change according to sea conditions. All activities are undertaken entirely at clients own risk and they must behave in a fit and proper manner at all times in accordance with Elding Whale Watching guidelines and must take proper responsibility for their own safety. All tours and outdoor activities carry inherent risks and Elding Whale Watching does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions or are caused by factors outside of human control (Force majeure). Elding Whale watching, it’s managers and staff accepts no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage of passenger’s property on our boats. With the purchase of your trip you agree to these conditions, understand its implications and accept responsibility for your participation during your tour.

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Diving in Silfra Fissure & Whale Watching in Faxafloi Bay

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