Silfra: Snorkeling Between Tectonic Plates

Day tour from Reykjavik to Silfra for snorkeling between tectonic plates

A full-day tour to Silfra for snorkeling between tectonic plates offers an unforgettable adventure combining natural beauty, geological wonder, and thrilling exploration in one of Iceland's most unique locations.
  • Pick-up from Reykjavik: The tour usually starts with a pick-up from designated locations in Reykjavik, either from your hotel or a central meeting point.
  • Transportation: You'll be transported from Reykjavik to Thingvellir National Park, where Silfra is located. The journey takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic and weather conditions.
  • Guided Tour: Upon arrival at Thingvellir National Park, you'll meet your guide who will provide an introduction to Silfra, its geological significance, and safety instructions for snorkeling.
  • Snorkeling Equipment: You'll be provided with all necessary snorkeling gear including a drysuit, mask, snorkel, fins, and gloves. The drysuit is particularly important because the water in Silfra is cold (usually around 2-4°C or 35-39°F year-round).
  • Snorkeling Experience: You'll then embark on the snorkeling adventure in Silfra. The experience involves floating on the crystal-clear glacial water while marveling at the underwater landscapes and the unique visibility offered by the pristine water.
  • Exploration: During the snorkeling session, you'll have the opportunity to explore various parts of Silfra, including the Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon. These are different sections with varying depths and geological formations.
  • Photography: Many tour operators offer photography services, allowing you to capture your snorkeling experience in this remarkable location. Some provide underwater cameras or have professional photographers on-site.
  • Return to Reykjavik: After completing the snorkeling excursion and returning the equipment, you'll be transported back to Reykjavik.
  • Optional Extras: Depending on the tour operator and package you choose, there may be additional activities or inclusions such as a visit to other nearby attractions, lunch, or hot drinks to warm up after the snorkeling adventure.
  • Drop-off in Reykjavik: The tour concludes with drop-offs at the same locations where you were picked up in Reykjavik.