Snorkeling Silfra, the fissure between tectonic plates in Thingvellir national park, is a day tour from Reykjavik. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime experience. You don’t want to miss it! It’s not necessary for you to be a certified diver to experience the clear and beautiful water world in Silfra. We offer daily tours to Silfra. There, you get the chance to float between the two continental plates. Meanwhile, you´ll enjoy the clarity of the water.
Silfra Snorkeling Day Tour
The tour begins when we pick you up at your accommodation in Reykjavik. If you prefer, you can meet us at the service center in Thingvellir National Park. During the drive, your guide will give you awesome information. It´ll mostly be about the history and unique geology of the UNESCO World heritage site, Thingvellir National Park. When you arrive at Silfra we will give you a dry suit and snorkeling equipment. And, you´ll also get a warm undergarment (Teddy bear suit) to wear under the dry suit. This is perfect since the water is cold!
Silfra – The parts you´ll see
First, the guide will show you how to use the equipment to ensure a pleasant snorkeling trip. A Silfra snorkeling trip takes about 30-40 minutes. Then, you will explore the four main parts of Silfra: The big crack, Silfra hall, the cathedral and Silfra lagoon. Lastly, a guide will then take pictures of the snorkeling trip and send them to you free of charge!
Iceland sits on the top of the Mid Atlantic Ridge. It’s in between the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plate. The fissure is located exactly at the point where the two tectonic plates meet. Hence, you´ll be snorkeling right in between two continents.
The perfectly clear water in Silfra fissure
Silfra’s water is actually 1000-year-old melted glacier water. The beautifully clear water comes from the second largest glacier in Iceland (Langjökull) or the “long glacier”. It takes the water about 30 years to seep from the glacier through underground lava into Silfra. So, this natural filtering system makes the water in Silfra incredibly clear. The visibility is around 100-150 meters. It’s therefore probably the purest drinking water you can find in Iceland. So make sure to taste some Silfra water while you are snorkeling!
If you’re interested in seeing the Golden Circle as well, check out our Snorkeling Silfra Golden Circle Tour!