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About Snorkelling Tours

Snorkelling Tours in Iceland are conducted largely in Silfra Fissure found within Thingvellir National Park. Silfra is a natural spring with water visibility that exceeds 100 m (330 ft). If you wish to partake in a tour here, you must wear a drysuit or wetsuit to make the 2°C water temperature more comfortable. Only those who can swim are permitted on snorkelling tours.

1. Can I meet the guides on the location?

Yes, contact info@guidetoiceland.is for further information.

2. Do I need to know how to swim?


3. Is it possible to negotiate about the age limit?

No, the tour operators need to apply to the Icelandic laws.

4. Do you need to wear a drysuit?

Most operators require you to wear a drysuit, although some will also let you snorkel in a wetsuit. There are no options to snorkel without protective equipment, however.

5. Is the water cold?

The water in Silfra is 2° C (35° F) year-round, but the equipment helps protect you.

6. Is the tour cancelled if it is raining or snowing?

No, unless Silfra has flooded. Only strong winds will warrant a cancellation.

7. Does Silfra ever freeze over?

Silfra is a spring and does not change temperature or freeze.

8. Are there snorkelling tours in the ocean?

No, all snorkelling is done in Silfra fissure.

9. Is the water drinkable in Silfra?


10. How long does the tour last?

The tour lasts at least two hours, with time snorkelling from between 30 - 45 minutes. 

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