Journey to the heart of Thingvellir National Park, to take the most incredible dive of your life: you will be snorkeling inside The Silfra Fissure, one of the most amazing places in the world. Silfra is actually a rift in the Earth between two tectonic plates. Swim in the gap between Europe and North America in crystal-clear water. The Silfra Fissure was named as one of the Top 5 activities in the world by TripAdvisor.
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Snorkel the world's clearest water
A 100-Meter visibility gives a sensation of flying
An absolute must-do when in Iceland
Pick-Up in Reykjavik or Self-Drive
Duration: ~3 / ~5.5 hours
Available: All year
Age limit: 12 years*
- Þingvellir National Park
- Snorkeling between the tectonic plates
- Silfra Fissure
- Small Group Tour
- Incredibly clear water
- Certified PADI Diveguide / Divemaster
- All necessary snorkeling gear
- Silfra admission fee
- Hot Chocolate & Cookies to warm up after the dive
The meeting point is Silfra car park in Thingvellir National Park.
Parking: Click here for driving directions where you can park your car (P5 Parking in Thingvellir).
To meet your guide: Walk 400m back along the road until you reach a smaller car park with all the snorkel and dive vans, and look for your guide. Please be ready in the Silfra car park to meet your guide 15 minutes before your tour is due to begin.
For GPS: 64°15'22.2"N 21°06'58.1"W
You can also book this snorkeling tour with pickup in Reykjavik. See booking engine for details.
Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim. You are unable to participate if you are pregnant, due to the small risk of cold water entering the suit.
- Weight limit: 45-120 kg
- Height limit: 150 cm -200 cm
- English: It is important that you can both understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour.
- * Age Limit: 12 years old minimum. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian booked on the same tour.
- Read our Snorkeling in Silfra Handbook for how to prepare for your adventure.
Bring with you:
Warm undergarments, preferably fleece/wool (no cotton!), warm woolen socks and a change of clothes (just in case).
Reviews on TripAdvisor
"I had a recommendation from a friend to check out Extreme Iceland as she had such an incredible time doing the snorkelling tour and couldn't stop talking about it. I checked out the reviews online and was instantly sold! We met up with our group and our guide gave us a a brief orientation on what to expect and how the tour will go, which I found pretty informative. Our group was split up into two just so it wouldn't be overcrowded when we actually go into the Silfra fissure. Our guide, Marta, was wonderful!"
You will experience a truly breath-taking experience, as you drift peacefully through the electric blue waters of the Silfra Fissure. The water is astoundingly clear, because it is glacial water from the Langjökull Glacier, meaning that the temperature is about 2-4 degrees. But don’t worry, we provide fully insulated dry-suits and there will be a certified expert with you at all times. The water in Silfra is as pure as water can get: meaning that you can drink it at any time during the dive!
Silfra is also the only place in the world, where you can swim between two continents: those of North America and Europe, which are actually drifting apart (at a rate of 2cm a year)! This combined with the incredible visibility makes Silfra and experience that you won’t want to miss! Our ‘into the blue tour’ offers you the chance to take a journey into an alien world: both beautiful and captivating.
Want photos from the snorkeling tour?
We try to offer everybody who snorkels in Silfra the chance to have their photo taken, whilst experiencing the wonders of Silfra (and most people take us up on the offer, in such a stunning and unique setting). You can buy the photos at the end of the tour for 3900 ISK, using either cards or cash. Just make sure to let your friendly guide know once you get there (before you walk to Silfra). Kindly note that we cannot guarantee that your photo can be taken.
Where we will meet
If you are planning to meet us at Silfra, then please come to the Silfra car park at Thingvellir National park. Then once you have parked, walk about 400m back up the road, until you reach a smaller car park containing all the snorkel and dive vans. Once you have got there then you can look for your guide. Please make sure that you arrive at Silfra car park early enough to meet your guide 15 minutes before the tour is due to start. Trust us seeing the icy blue waters of Silfra is definitely worth it!
GPS to meeting location: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W
You won’t be able to wear glasses underneath your snorkeling mask, while you are in the water. So if you need glasses then we recommend that you make alternative arrangements: either acquiring a prescription mask or using contact lenses on the tour.
Meet our guides
I get the name “Captain Light” as I not only run diving for Arctic but during our beautiful winters I also hunt for the Northern Lights. Diving and Adventure guiding for me has been my career now for 15 years and there is no greater joy than sharing an awesome environment both underwater, up a mountain or in a cave with like minded travellers. My commercial diving background combined with years of dive instruction in both cold and tropical countries gives me a great knowledge base to make sure you have a great time on your adventure here in our beautiful Iceland.
Lead Guide (Fat Boss)
Scuba Steve, our Resident Zoologist (British). After graduating with a degree in Zoology he has spent the last 10 years working on a variety of different research projects all over the world, ranging from identifying new fish species in African lakes to recording whale songs in the Caribbean. The leader of the pack, Steven will endeavour to make sure all your adventures at Silfra run smoothly and with that element of fun you need on a holiday. Don’t forget to ask for Steven’s animal fact of the day!
Hi, my name is Koldo and I'm from a small coastal city in the Basque Country. I've been diving since I was 15 years old. Our father taught me and my brothers how to dive at a very young age with the result that we all ended up becoming instructors. Always connected to the ocean, I've worked as a beach lifeguard, skipper in salvage RIB boats, commercial diver and finally as a recreational diving instructor around the Canary Islands. But when I first saw images of the crystal clear water from Silfra, I decided to change the salt water for this incredible landscape.
Senior Guide/Diving Guide (Snorkel Queen)
I'm Giulia, 28 years old and I come from Italy where I grew up until 2012 when everything changed. After I graduated as a Graphic Designer, I got a job in Milan, but it didn't take me long to realize that my office can't have 4 walls. At that time, I was already a diver and the decision to abandon my "normal" life to come back to the ocean and have the possibility to travel was easy to take. I spent years traveling and working in different countries, mostly warm, before moving to Iceland where I have been living for over a year. I still don't know where my next adventure will be, but I know that there is a lot more to explore in this amazing country.
Adventures Guide (Aquaman)
Wether it's inside Ice Caves, on top of glaciers, driving over geothermal fields and snowmobiling, Kuba is the man. With no vista unreachable, Kuba is our versatile around Iceland dive guide. Tough and with years of cold water experience under his belt you will enter the water safe and with that feeling of achievement that will have you high fiving Kuba on completion of your tour.
I am a Hungarian-born, professional diver and snowmobiling guide. I have gained a lot of experience in scuba diving and Search & Rescue missions, so I'm no stranger to harsh, cold and hazardous environments. Since I joined Arctic Adventures I've experienced first-hand the many wondrous sights of Iceland, which I believe all divers should experience on their adventures, so come and join me at Silfra or snowmobiling on the glacier sometime.
Dive Instructor & Suit Technician
Goran is a passionate diver and loves to get into a dry suit for extreme water sports, he is also our trusted man in the lab concocting strong glue mixtures to repair and maintain our very large fleet of dry suits. Mr. Fix-it, as we call him, will make sure you stay dry during your adventures in Iceland.
Our cold-water queen of the north, coming from Scotland. Ali brings with her a ton of cold-water diving experience and can handle even the coldest day like a pro. She will also entertain you at site with Celtic music, sure to make you dance a jig and stay warm.
I am an instructor from the Czech Republic, I have been working and diving in various places around the world for the past 6 years. But now I have decided to stay and explore Iceland. it's a wonderful place with lots of activities to try. You will always find me with a big smile ready and waiting to dive into the water with you!
My name is Louis and I’ve been staring at the edge of the water long as I can remember, never really knowing why. Scuba diving and tourism is my passion and working at Arctic Adventures allows me to make my passion a career! I get to meet new people and take smiling faces into the water every day and share with them what I love to do! The water might be cold here in Iceland, but the crystal clear 100-meter visibility makes you forget that you can’t feel your face anymore. That’s why I love my profession and that’s why I love Arctic adventures.
Diesel Engineer to Dive Guide, Tom is a versatile dude from the UK who will guide you through our beautiful dive locations. Tom also helps us out with equipment repairs and just being an all-round nice guy.
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Read customer reviews
Snorkeling in Silfra - Rated 4.8/5 based on 77 customer reviews
Snorkel tour5 by Matt May 2, 2019
Highlight of our trip5 by Amy April 3, 2019
Stunning Experience5 by Mike W April 2, 2019
Bring your own cam!!4 by Charm April 1, 2019
Amazing5 by Federico Arce Chacon March 18, 2019
Snorkelling5 by Elaine Richardson March 13, 2019
Awesome Experience5 by Tara Manherz March 9, 2019
Flawless5 by Joe daly February 16, 2019
Great Trip5 by Kelsey January 29, 2019
Great Tour5 by AK January 17, 2019
Great guide but got cold waiting to start3 by Stephanie January 13, 2019
Great in the winter- Much Better in the summer4 by Michael Segalla January 3, 2019
Awesome5 by Lisa December 24, 2018
Would have been amazing if I hadn't chickened out in the water4 by sfspearman December 4, 2018
This was an outstanding adventure5 by Michelle Toder November 27, 2018
Chilly but great5 by Susan November 23, 2018
Into the blue adventure4 by Chee Wei Yen November 19, 2018
Fantastic Experience5 by kathy k November 14, 2018
Well worth it!5 by Nick Trenc October 24, 2018
It‘s worth its price5 by German Couple October 23, 2018
Extraordinary experience!4 by Shannon October 16, 2018
GEARS4 by SIRDWEIN October 15, 2018
Most memorable day!5 by Brigitte October 15, 2018
Awesome5 by Mike October 6, 2018
Awesome experience5 by Rene September 27, 2018
Alex was a fantastic guide5 by Paul Dziorny September 25, 2018
Iceland Snorkeling5 by Karen September 17, 2018
Silfra Adventure5 by Amy September 16, 2018
Excellent Tour Company5 by Oleg Roytbak September 14, 2018
Into the Blue5 by Rod N September 12, 2018
Into the Blue5 by Morgan Watts September 12, 2018
Transatlantic snorkeling4 by Jan September 10, 2018
Outstanding company for adventure in Iceland5 by John S September 9, 2018
Into the blue review5 by Juliet September 5, 2018
Had a blast dry suit floating/snorkeling!5 by Lottie Z September 3, 2018
Excellent5 by Kirstie August 26, 2018
Excellent5 by David August 22, 2018
Magical Experience!!!5 by Melissa August 7, 2018
Great snorkeling, great guide!5 by Michael August 7, 2018
Amazing5 by Erica August 4, 2018
Perfect tour5 by Herbert (Austria) July 30, 2018
Amazing5 by Catherine July 30, 2018
Once in a life time4 by Linda Jewison July 27, 2018
Amazing5 by Melissa Parisi July 20, 2018
AWESOME TOUR!!!5 by Pam Stanley July 20, 2018
Silfra Snorkeling - great!5 by Alex July 18, 2018
Nice snorkeling5 by PP July 10, 2018
Silfra snorkeling5 by Murray Friedberg July 7, 2018
great team5 by Fred June 28, 2018
Highly recommended5 by Jess June 26, 2018
Well-run Operation5 by Richard H June 22, 2018
Great tour4 by Ryan June 20, 2018
Awesome5 by GROB FABIENNE June 20, 2018
Excellent5 by Josh June 18, 2018
snorkeling5 by Isabelle June 18, 2018
Snorkeling through the rift5 by Tara June 11, 2018
Great tour and great people running the tour!5 by Cortney June 11, 2018
Snorkeling5 by Lisa June 8, 2018
Fantastic and Memorable Tour5 by Katie Truschel June 5, 2018
Into the Blue5 by Barbara June 1, 2018
thumbs up5 by Sassi May 29, 2018
Amazing experience5 by Zac Spowart May 7, 2018
Welcome in paradise !5 by Marquet April 6, 2018
once in a lifetime experience5 by Carmen April 3, 2018
Great except for the wait3 by Tim Klasinski March 24, 2018
Great experience5 by Amanda March 16, 2018
Amazing5 by Sydney March 10, 2018
Amazing5 by Kennedy Houck March 10, 2018
So much fun!5 by James Shaut Jr March 9, 2018
Great experience5 by Rachel March 7, 2018
awesome experience!5 by Lena March 3, 2018
Thanks for a great time4 by D February 26, 2018
Demetrious is the man5 by andrew lowey February 26, 2018
Fantastic view4 by Hainan Lyu February 25, 2018
Great tour5 by The Hahn Family February 25, 2018
Had a lot of fun5 by Danielle February 22, 2018
Amazing tour5 by Margaret January 1, 2018
Disclaimer: all snorkeling trips undertaken are 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 stating that they realize that outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.