Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir National Park)
North American and Eurasian tectonic plates
Snorkeling in Silfra in Thingvellir National Park in Iceland
Discover the secret underwater canyon between continents that makes Iceland a most unusual snorkeling destination. Great adventure available all year round!
Trip difficulty: 2 out of 5 possible. Rated: Easy
Day trip, available directly from Reykjavik in Iceland.
- Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir National Park)
- Silfra Fissure
- North American and Eurasian tectonic plates
The Silfra Fissure is one of Iceland’s most desirable snorkeling spots. Located in the heart of Thingvellir National Park, this narrow channel of blue water meandering through a giant lava field does not look like much on the surface. But below, supernatural shades of blue, perfect visibility, and incredible rock formations make up a magical sub-aquatic paradise. Enjoy a great snorkeling experience as you drift peacefully in the comfort of a warmly insulated drysuit accompanied by our highly skilled guides. Silfra, frequently rated as one of the worlds top ten dive sites, is located between the tectonic plates of Europe and America. With up to 100 meters of underwater visibility, Silfra is truly a mesmerizing site, not to be missed by any snorkeler, experienced or not.
Into the Blue offers a relaxing but exotic trip in a highly unique and captivating environment!
Please note that pick up costs an extra 5.000 ISK.
Bad eyesight? You will be wearing snorkeling goggles while in the water and you won’t be able to wear your glasses underneath. So unless you are bringing your own prescription goggles we recommend that you acquire contact lenses for your snorkeling tour
PLEASE NOTE: Although you don't need to "swim" while snorkeling, we recommend that you can because you have to be comfortable with floating in water to be able to enjoy to the fullest. People that can’t swim tend to panic water and we do not want you to do that.
What is snorkeling? Participants swim in specially made dry suits through the crystal clear water. We breath through snorkels to have an unobstructed view of the landscape beneath the water level.
If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is on the parking lot outside the Information Centre by the Thingvellir National Park campsite. Note: When driving from Reykjavík on road 36 you will first see a Visitor Centre and viewpoint for Þingvellir on your right-hand side. This is NOT the meeting point, keep going and drive further for 5-10 min on road 36 and you will see the Information Centre on your left hand.
Please note that the national park charges a small fee for parking.
If you have your own transport and want to meet us, then the meeting time is 15 minutes before announced departure time at the Þingvellir service center/campsite. See map for details.
Disclaimer: All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that 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 inherent risk.
Pick up Time: Pick up starts 1.5 hours before tour start. Please be ready in time. Please note that it can take 30 minutes for us to arrive. Pick up is not available for departures at 12:00.
On Location Time: If you prefer to meet us on location you need to be at the Information Center at Þingvellir 15 minutes prior to your tour start.GPS 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W (WGS84).
Duration: Approximately 4 hours with pick up / approximately 2 hours if you meet us on location.
Remember to bring: Warm undergarments, preferably fleece/wool (no cotton!), warm woolen socks and a change of clothes (just in case).
Certified Padi Diveguide / Divemaster
All necessary snorkeling gear
Including a specially made suit to keep you warm and dry in the glacier water
Thingvellir Natilonal Park - Silfra admission fee