SILFRA SNORKELING TOUR

FROM 16,900 ISK

Take your Iceland experience to the next level and join Adventure Vikings to see Iceland from the crystal clear waters of Silfra. The Silfra fissure is one of the top dive sites in the world, located inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir (Thingvellir), which is only about 45 minutes from Reykjavik. Combining this underwater adventure with your visit to the Golden Circle of Iceland ensures that you really are experiencing the best Iceland has to offer.

The 60 metre deep Silfra fissure is a result of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart, which happens at around 2 centimetres a year. The fissure is filled with crystal clear glacial melt water from one of Iceland’s largest glacier, the Langjökull glacier. The water inside Silfra has been filtered through lava for decades – making the water exceptionally clear and even  drinkable!

There are two suits that you can wear whilst you snorkel Silfra. The choice comes down to how well you can brave the icy cold water! You can snorkel within the warmth of a drysuit,  which insulates you and keeps you dry from the glacial water, or you can snorkel inside a thick insulating wetsuit. The wetsuit allows you to dive below the surface of the water, but also means you’ll get wet by the cold, glacial water. Read more below about which suit option works for you and which you should book. There are two booking options below, be sure to choose the correct booking option underneath each section.

SNORKLING IN SILFRA IN A DRYSUIT

Be protected from the cold water of the fissure as you snorkel in the drysuit, which is constructed from layers of insulating fabric, keeping your body and clothes completely dry. No prior diving or snorkelling experience is needed to join this tour, the only requirement is that you can swim and are confident in water. The buoyancy of the dry suit keeps you on the surface of the water, easily keeping you afloat as you cruise along with the underwater current in the fissure. You will wear your own warm layers (we recommend thermal underwear) underneath the drysuit to make sure that you stay toasty warm all the while enjoying the amazing colours and visibility within the fissure.

Operates: Every day of the week, 2-3 times a day
Duration: 2-3 hours
Number of people: maximum 6 people per guide
Minimum age: 16 years old
Level of difficulty: Easy
Price: 16,900 ISK

Included: Drysuit, Þingvellir National Park Silfra fee.

What do I need to bring?

– Clothes to wear under the drysuit. We recommend thermal underwear or a sweat suit & warm socks
– Warm clothes to wear prior and after the snorkeling
– Towel
– Food to snack on
– Underwater Camera
– Don’t have an underwater camera? Rent a GoPro from Adventure Vikings for 6,900 ISK.

Please note that the booked time is the meeting time at Thingvellir, Silfra car park. If you require, and have chosen the pick option when booking then the pick up from Reykjavik starts one hour earlier. Be sure to choose pickup when booking if you require pickup. 

If you choose to meet on location then the meeting point is the Silfra car park in Thingvellir National Park. Here is where you will find the adventure vikings van, along with the other snorkel and dive vans. Please park your car at “Thingvellir P5” and from here you walk back 400m along the road to where the snorkel and dive vans are located. You should be there 5-10 minutes before your scheduled tour time to meet your Adventure Vikings guide. Be sure to pay for parking at the P5 parking, by using the parking ticket machines.

For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W

Prerequisites:

– Be able to swim
– Be physically fit
– Have read, accepted and signed the Silfra Snorkeling Medical Statement
– Also sign the liability release form when starting the tour.
– Be at least 145cm (4’9) tall / and under 200cm (6’7) tall
– Be at least 45kg (99 lbs) / and less than 120kg (264 lbs)
– Be at least 16 years old
– Not be pregnant

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SNORKLING SILFRA IN A WETSUIT

Snorkeling Silfra in a wetsuit allows you to dive underneath the waters surface to closely explore the beauty and colours of the fissure. If wearing a drysuit, then the buoyancy of the drysuit does not give this freedom, keeping you on top of the water. However the ability to dive under the surface comes at a cost. You will not stay as warm in a wetsuit as you will in a drysuit, whilst also getting you wet. If getting wet whilst wearing a wetsuit in the cold Silfra water, usually between 2-4 degrees Celsius (35 degrees Fahrenheit), doesn’t sound like your idea of fun then we recommend booking the drysuit option (see above).

The wetsuit covers your entire body, but doesn’t fully protect you from the almost freezing glacial water. Although it does do an amazing job of reducing your heat loss and keeping you relatively warm. If you are willing to take the icy plunge then you will soon be distracted by the vivid colours of this stunning, exotic underwater fissure. We only recommend diving Silfra in a wetsuit for those with a thirst for adventure, and an ability to brave the cold, with those up for the challenge sure to have an incredible time!

Operates: Every day of the week, 2-3 times a day
Duration: 2-3 hours
Number of people: maximum 6 people per guide
Minimum age: 16 years old
Level of difficulty: Medium
Price: 16,900 ISK

Included: Wetsuit, snorkels, Þingvellir National Park Silfra fee.

What do I need to bring?

– Warm clothes to wear prior and after the snorkeling
– Towel
– Food to snack on
– Underwater Camera
– Don’t have an underwater camera? Rent a GoPro from Adventure Vikings for 6,900 ISK.

Please note that the booked time is the meeting time at Thingvellir, Silfra car park. If you require, and have chosen the pick option when booking then the pick up from Reykjavik starts one hour earlier. Be sure to choose pickup when booking if you require pickup. 

If you choose to meet on location then the meeting point is the Silfra car park in Thingvellir National Park. Here is where you will find the adventure vikings van, along with the other snorkel and dive vans. Please park your car at “Thingvellir P5” and from here you walk back 400m along the road to where the snorkel and dive vans are located. You should be there 5-10 minutes before your scheduled tour time to meet your Adventure Vikings guide. Be sure to pay for parking at the P5 parking, by using the parking ticket machines.

For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W

Prerequisites:

– Be able to swim
– Be physically fit
– Have read, accepted and signed the Silfra Snorkeling Medical Statement
– Also sign the liability release form when starting the tour.
– Be at least 145cm (4’9) tall / and under 200cm (6’7) tall
– Be at least 45kg (99 lbs) / and less than 120kg (264 lbs)
– Be at least 16 years old
– Not be pregnant

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