Snorkelling Silfra & Golden Circle Tour

Fully immerse yourself in Iceland’s most famous sightseeing route, by snorkelling through Silfra during your exploration of the Golden Circle. This tour should not be missed by those who want to enjoy the country’s most essential experience, without losing out on a moment of adventure.

The tour begins when you are picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation, and driven to Þingvellir National Park, the first site of the Golden Circle. This is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic Mainland because it was the original site of the world’s longest-running parliament, formed in 930 AD.

Though the history is fascinating, it is the geology that is likely to impress you more. Þingvellir is located right between two tectonic plates, which are pulling apart. This tension causes many ravines to open across the lava fields, which fill up with springwater travelling underground from Langjökull glacier. Silfra is one of these ravines.

After exploring the park, therefore, you will head to the carpark here and have a briefing on the route you are about to take through the water. You will be helped into your snorkelling gear before your guides will take you to the entrance.

As soon as you put your face under, you will see why Silfra is considered to be one of the world’s greatest snorkelling and diving sites. Due to the long filtration process through the lava, it emerges crystal clear and perfectly clean; the visibility thus exceeds 120 metres, and you can drink the water as you swim. The colours and geology under the water’s surface are incredible, and the journey is made easy and relaxing by a current pushing you along.

After the tour, you will have hot chocolate and cookies to warm up, before heading off to the next site of the Golden Circle. This is the Geysir Geothermal Area in Haukadalur. Famed for its geysers, you will be able to see Strokkur erupt to heights of thirty metres or so every five to ten minutes. While you wait for it to go off, you can admire the many hot springs and steaming vents that dot the area.

The final destination on the famed Golden Circle route is Gullfoss Waterfall. This iconic landmark has come to be a symbol of Iceland, representing its beauty and raw power. It surges in two tiers into a valley, which carves dramatically through an otherwise hilly, rural region. You will be able to marvel at it from several different platforms.

While most Golden Circle tours would turn back to Reykjavík here, yours has the bonus of also going to Kerið, a nearby crater lake. This feature is famed for its scale and its starkly contrasting colouration; the surrounding rocks are as vivid a red as the water is blue.

After enjoying this final site, you will be whisked back to Reykjavík to enjoy your evening.

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Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Mar.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 14 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Silfra, Kerið, Haukadalur
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00, 09:00

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

Included:
  • Free hotel pick up and return

  • Guided snorkeling trip

  • All necessary equipment

  • Hot choclate and cookies after Snorkeling in Silfra

  • Entrance fee of ISK 1.000,- into Silfra

  • Guided tour to Gullfoss & Geysir


What to bring:
  • Long underwear

  • Thick socks

  • Suitable clothes for the weather of the day

  • Contact lenses if you wear glasses

  • Snorkeling Silfra Medical Statement | The Medical Statement Form will be emailed to you when you have completed your booking


Good to know:

This tour is not suitable for pregnant women. Please note that should you have any neurological, circulatory or respiratory problems or underlying diseases, battled any illnesses or have any physical problems you might have to turn in a physicians allowance to participate in this tour. If you are over 45 and partake/have partaken in pipe smoking or heavy alcohol intake, you might need a medical waiver. If you are over 60 years of age, you need a medical waiver. Please contact the operator for further information and application papers.



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