Combining snorkelling in Silfra fissure with the Golden Circle Tour is the perfect way to spend a day in Iceland. From the crystal clear waters of Silfra, to the dramatic eruptions at Strokkur and the historical significance of Althingi: it has everything that you could ever ask for.
Duration: ~9 hours
Pick-up: 09:00 - 09:30*
Available: All year
Age limit: 12 years
- Small Group Experience
- Golden Circle Iceland
- Snorkeling in Silfra fissure
- Thingvellir National Park
- Geysir geothermal area
- Gullfoss Falls
Pick up: Starts at 9 a.m. in Reykjavik
- Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim
- You are unable to participate if you are pregnant
- Understanding of English is required for the snorkeling safety briefing
Weight limit: 45 - 120 kg / 100 - 265 lb.
Height limit: 150 - 200 cm. / 4'11" - 6'7"
Included: Transfer from Reykjavik and back, English guided Golden Circle tour, snorkeling tour, Silfra admission fee.
Not included: Lunch. We will stop at a place where you can buy food (you can also bring packed lunch).
Bring with you: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, headwear, gloves, warm undergarments, warm socks and a change of clothing. Good hiking shoes are
Need clothing? Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the online booking process.
Your tour will start bright and early, when we collect you from Reykjavik and take the scenic journey to the Thingvellir National Park. In the heart of Thingvellir lies an untouched jewel: the Silfra Fissure, one of the most stunning and unique places in the entire world. Silfra is a gap between the tectonic plates of Europe and North America, meaning that you will be swimming between two continents! If that wasn’t enough, it contains filtered glacial water, which means that Silfra provides the best underwater visibility of any diving site in the world. Whilst you are snorkelling in Silfra, you will be able to see at least 100m into the distance, which is why it is consistently rated as one of the best dive sites in the world.
Our friendly certified instructors will make sure that you have all the equipment and information you need to enjoy Silfra. Obviously, it being glacial water, Silfra’s water is cold (about 2-4 degrees), but don’t worry you won’t feel it in your fully insulated dry-suit. We will guide you through the four amazing sections of Silfra: Silfra Deep Crack, Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon: just relax and see the incredible shades of blue and green as you float through the crystal clear water.
After your amazing snorkelling adventure, we will explore the rest of Thingvellir National Park, which is both steeped in history and stunningly beautiful. Our first stop will be the historic site of Althingi, site of Iceland’s first parliament, which first met in 930 AD. The current Icelandic Parliament still bares the same name, although they don’t meet outside in the cold these days! Thingvellir National Park is also blessed with some of the most incredible geological features in the world and is a UNESCO world heritage site. When you are there you will see rock formations that have been crafted by both extreme heat from volcanos and extreme cold from the ice: Thingvellir is the very epitome of Iceland’s nickname ‘The land of Fire and Ice’!
From there we will travel to Strokkur, one of Iceland’s legendary geysers, which fires hot water up into the air every 6-10 minutes. Strokkur is a fantastic photo opportunity and the perfect way to experience one of Iceland’s most dramatic natural phenomena. Strokkur is located within Iceland’s famous geothermal area and you will also be able to see the famous Great Geysir, which despite not being active, is still fascinating. There are many other electric blue hot springs dotted round the area for you to explore and we promise it will be a truly unforgettable experience.
Finally we will take you to the Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden waterfall), so named because on a sunny day the water appears to turn a golden colour. Perhaps, if we are lucky a stunning rainbow will form above the falls, but even if it doesn’t Gullfoss is a truly majestic site and the perfect way to end one of the most memorable days of your life.
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Silfra and Golden Circle - Rated 5/5 based on 2 customer reviews
Fantastic Trips5 by Lewis Smales 2018-01-29
Best experience ever!5 by Sienna 2018-03-04
Disclaimer: all snorkeling trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.