Experience the incredible aquatic landscapes of Iceland. In the morning head out via boat to Faxaflói Bay, to look out for some whales and then take in the sights of the iconic Silfra fissure in Thingvellir in the afternoon!
Duration: ~6 hours
Age limit: 12
- Whale Watching
- Faxaflói Bay
- Whales, porpoises, dolphins
- Silfra Fissure
- World's most unique snorkeling location
- Thingvellir National Park
Bring with you:
- Warm undergarments, preferably fleece/wool (no cotton!), warm woolen socks and a change of clothes (just in case).
- Sturdy shoes
- Professionally guided whale watching tour
- Free ticket to try again in case of no sightings,
- Educational & Interactive focus
- Warm floatable overalls provided for your comfort & safety
- Wi-Fi onboard
- Café and Souvenirs onboard (for purchase)
- Certified PADI Dive guide / Divemaster
- All necessary snorkeling gear
- Silfra admission fee
- Hot Chocolate & Cookies to warm up after the snorkeling (included)
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
Age Limit: 12 years old minimum. Guardian’s approval needed for minors under 18.
Our day begins at 9 am when we travel to the capital city, to Reykjavik’s rustic Old Harbour. Onboard a whale-watching boat we will set sail out from the harbour and toward Faxaflói Bay, to begin searching for some of the world’s largest animals and most impressive marine creatures.
Each boat has been specially tailored to provide visitors with a comfortable, safe and enjoyable experience. They have expansive viewing decks that are ideal for spotting these majestic giants of the deep. Many of the expert guides are marine biologists, who can tell you everything that you need to know about the various birds and marine species that you spot along the way.
A range of different animals are seen on the tour, most commonly Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises. Sometimes we may see other species, such as Blue Whales and Orcas, alongside seabirds like arctic terns, puffins and many, many more.
Seeing these amazing species in the flesh is a memory that you will treasure for the rest of your life.
The tour is operated by one of the most reputable companies in Iceland and they follow the ‘IceWhale’ code of conduct, which ensures that the whales are always treated with respect.
Special suits are available onboard but we recommend dressing up warm - the weather at sea can be unpredictable.
Note: We cannot guarantee to spot anything, but you can be assured that our expertly trained staff will do all they can to give you the best chance.
Snorkeling in Silfra
Departing from Reykjavik, we head to the famous Thingvellir National Park, a popular stop on the Golden Circle tour and a unique landscape of a UNESCO World Heritage Site also renowned for the birthplace of the longest-running and still ongoing parliament. It is also the home of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in a rift valley created by the drifting apart of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates at a rate of 2cm a year.
The Silfra Fissure is located between the two tectonic plate boundaries, in ‘no man’s land’ and is the only ravine in the park where people are permitted to snorkel or dive. The water is 2* celsius all year around, and on sunny days the lagoon at the end is lit up in a shade of turquoise. Silfra is often voted as one of the world's top 10 places to dive, as a result of its unique nature.
Once we get to the fissure, one of our friendly guides will kit you up with all the necessary layers to keep you warm! You will also be briefed on safety information, the fissure itself and of course, how to snorkel if you’ve never been before! We will head down to the fissure when everyone is comfortable.
When we enter Silfra itself you will be able to see the vibrant shades of blue, turquoise and emerald up close. The water is so clear, underwater visibility is 100 meters or more in some places, making it the clearest water in the world. There is no better place to dive and snorkel. Even the rocks at the bottom of the fissure are dotted with emerald plants, which enhance the beauty of the landscape. There is truly no place in the world like Silfra and snorkeling there is an awe-inspiring experience that will remain with you.
After the snorkeling experience, you can warm up with a mug of hot chocolate and some cookies!