Whale Watching & Snorkelling Excursion

Whale Watching & Snorkelling Excursion
Humpback Whales are regularly seen around Iceland, particularly in summer when they migrate over.
The blues within Silfra fissure, in Þingvellir National Park, beggar belief.
Due to a filtration process through many kilometres of porous lava rock, the Silfra spring has visibility well exceeding 100 metres (333 ft).
Humpback Whales are not as common as Minke Whales in Faxaflói Bay, but still seen throughout summer regularly.
A Minke Whale before an incredible backdrop.
Minke Whales are the smallest of the great whales, but still about 10 metres (33 ft) long.
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Start your day in Iceland with a morning snorkelling tour in the world-renowned Silfra fissure, and end it with an afternoon whale watching excursion. This tour should not be missed by those eager to immerse themselves in pristine nature.

At the beginning of this combo tour, a shuttle bus will pick you up and take you to one of Iceland's most precious natural sites, Þingvellir National Park, which is home to the otherworldly Silfra fissure.

Silfra's crystal clear glacier water allows for over 100 m (328 ft) of visibility and an unmatched view of otherworldly underwater landscapes that make up the continental rift which separates the European and American tectonic plates. Although the water is 2° Celsius throughout the year, you will be equipped with state-of-the-art drysuits to completely protect you from the cold.

After a thrilling and mesmerising excursion, complete with hot chocolate at the end, the shuttle will take you Reykjavík's Old Harbour in time for your whale watch. You'll board a boat with an indoor saloon, café and several outdoor viewing platforms.

The whale-watch will be approximately three hours long, which should be more than enough time to see a wealth of species. Humpback and Minke Whales, alongside White-Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises, are the most commonly seen, although over twenty species of cetacean frequent Iceland's waters, so no two whale-watches are the same. And that is to say nothing of the many seabirds flying above.

Between sightings, you have the opportunity to observe some incredible nature. Opposite Reykjavík across Faxaflói Bay is the incredible Mount Esja. To the South, you should also be able to spot the Reykjanes Peninsula; in clear weather, you can also see the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to the north.

Don't miss out on an opportunity to see both Iceland's beautiful marine animals and one of the world's most magnificent snorkelling spots. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Aug.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Whale Watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Faxaflói, Þingvellir, Silfra, Þingvallavatn, Reykjavík Harbour, Whales of Iceland
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.
  • Pickup/drop off

  • English guidance 

  • All necessary snorkelling equipment 

  • Hot chocolate and cookies after snorkeling

  • Entrance fee into Silfra 

  • Use of overalls on board 

  • WiFi on board

What to bring:
  • Thermal underwear, Thick socks, Sturdy footwear, Appropriate clothing

Good to know:

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.

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I really enjoyed this experience. Snorkeling in the Silfra Fissure was amazing and there are no words to do it justice. DIVE.IS was great to work with and Chris was a fantastic guide. He shared info about the geology and history of Þingvellir during the drive to the park. Once on site, he helped us into our dry suits and gave a thorough safety briefing and explanation of the route. He made sure we were comfortable in the water before we set out. He was always close by and checking on us; he quickly came to the aid of a woman beginning to panic. I *highly* recommend booking the earliest time slot you can, and preferably the first slot of the day. We were the first group to arrive and get in the water. There were three of us so it felt like we were the only ones in the fissure. The parking lot was packed when we got back and I don’t want to know what it’s like when it’s so crowded! The whale watching was great too. I was really impressed by Elding Adventures’ concern for the environment and strong belief in responsible ecotourism. They don’t use sonar find whales or chum the water to encourage them to surface. We were on a large vessel and even though we couldn’t get as close to the animals as the RIB boats do, I feel good knowing that we weren’t able to disturb them the way RIB boats surely do. Another plus to being on a large vessel is no seasickness: I’m sure I would’ve been miserable on a smaller boat! The guide was very knowledgeable about the animals and the area. I would definitely do excursions with DIVE.IS and Elding Adventures in the future.
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