Snorkeling in Silfra | Drysuit Snorkeling in Iceland | Free Photos

Snorkeling in Silfra is truly once in a lifetime experience! National Geographic describes Silfra as one of the top dive sites in the world.
Available: All year
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Minimum Age: 12
Pick Up: Not available
Price: ISK 14.900
Reviews: 23 reviews

Tour Highlights

✅ Guided snorkeling tour in Silfra Fissure – Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, Big Crack and Silfra Lagoon
✅ One of the world’s top dive sites.
✅ Enjoy snorkeling between the American and European continental plates
✅ Beautiful surrounding area of the Thingvellir UNESCO world heritage site.
✅ Crystal clear waters – amazing underwater visibility
✅ Free photos from the tour
✅ Small-groups & personal experience
✅ Certified PADI dive guide / Dive-master
✅ Drysuit and other snorkeling equipment that will keep you warm and dry
✅ Hot drinks and cookies after the trip

Tour Details

Availability: All year.
Meeting point: Thingvellir National Park Information CentreThe information center is located on your left-hand side when traveling from Reykjavik, right next to the campsite.
GPS: Latitude: 64.279441 – Longitude: -21.08862 – View on Google Maps HERE
Meeting time: 15 minutes before tour start time.
Bring with you: Thick socks, contact lenses if you wear glasses, long underwear and change of clothes (just in case) & a towel.
Group size: 6 persons per guide.
Duration: 2-3 hours (you will be in the water for around 30-40 minutes)
Included: Guided snorkelling tour, free photos, snorkeling equipment, hot drinks & cookies after the trip and Silfra entrance fee.

NOTE: Participants must have read, signed and followed directions on the Snorkeling Silfra Medical Statement Form – click here
(You can sign the form at the meeting location.)

Prerequisites:

  • Be physically fit
  • Be at least 12 years of age
  • Not be pregnant
  • Be at minimum 45kg (99 lbs) / maximum 120kg (264 lbs)
  • Be at minimum 145cm (4’9) tall/maximum 200cm (6’7) tall
  • Have read and signed the Silfra Snorkling Medical Statement – click here
    (You can sign the form at the meeting location.)
  • Be comfortable in water and be able to swim
  • Be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit

Tour Description

Snorkeling in Silfra is truly once in a lifetime experience! National Geographic describes Silfra as one of the top dive sites in the world. Find out for yourself as you glide between tectonic plates floating on pure, filtered glacial meltwater. This is the ultimate bucket list trip. Only available in Iceland.

23 reviews

  1. Sylfra Snorkelling - Really nice

    Really nice tour guide, we loved to have Cordelia as our guide. The water is really clear, it’s impressive how clear it is. Too bad it’s too cold to have some fish in the water too, this would make the experience even greater.

    Highly recommend this company, great service, and even considerable cheaper than the competition, with high quality pictures included! 🙂

    -Review taken from Tripadvisor

  2. Snowy Silfra

    Don’t let the Icey waters of this magnificent country deter you, snorkeling Silfra with Iceland Advice is a must! With a small group (max 6), surprisingly warm dry suits and an amazing guide (Wes) who dressed me when my extremities had shut down from the sub zero temperatures! I couldn’t recommend this company higher to guide us through this once in a lifetime experience! Not only is the snorkel amazing but the information behind the constantly separating plates is fascinating! Thanks Iceland Advice and more so Wes! 🙂

    -Review taken from Tripadvisor

  3. Once in a lifetime experience with a great guide

    Must do activity while in Iceland, and Cordelia was the ideal guide. A fountain of knowledge combined with a genuine love of this unique landscape. She was also very patient and ensured we were all looked after. Her wonderful photos which she shared, and the cookies and hot chocolate at the end of the swim were just bonuses. Highly recommended.

    -Review taken from Tripadvisor.

  4. Fabulous experience and awesome staff

    Diving silfra is by far our best and most exciting Iceland experience !
    Neil and his friend took care of EVERYTHING every little detail and prepared us smoothly and with lot of humour for the breath taking quiet unusual activity ! Starting by giving us a nice briefing about the region of thingvellir national park , Helping us to wear the dry suit and giving us every single advice of how to snorkel silfra even if it wasn’t our first snorkel.
    We were worried a bit about the cold weather (-9 degrees this day) but once in water we didn’t at all feel the cold.
    Neil took care of taking nice photos of us in the water than sent them to us by email (thank you Neil).
    A special Thanks to Neil and his friend for escorting us to the next fuel station (about 30 km drive ) since we had ran out of fuel !
    Thanks guys you made our experience with you unforgettable !

    -Review from TripAdvisor

  5. Silfra Snorkeling

    What a great experience! We were a little worried about it being too cold in the winter, but the suits were much warmer than whatever we had worn there. It’s tough to figure out which tours to pay for as there were so many, but I’d definitely recommend this one. Our guide, Weston, was really knowledgeable and fun so that added to the experience as well. He gave us some solid recommendations over hot chocolate after the tour.

    -Review from TripAdvisor

  6. Snorkeling in Silfra

    I bought this trip for my girlfriends 30th birthday! she was really scared of the cold waters and almost did not do it! but she loved it! it was amazing! We decided to do it Winter because the temperature of water is the same all year round (2 degrees) and the drysuit they provide you with is very warm! plus snorkeling in winter?! the thought is amazing, but the experience itself was incredible! surrounded by snowy mountains! must do in Iceland. oh, did I mention you snorkle between North Amercian and Euroasia tectonic plates? 🙂

    -Review from TripAdvisor

  7. Silfra Snorkel AMAZING!

    We snorkeled dead in the middle of winter in 36F water. Wet suits worked perfectly and dive was very comfortable. Our guide, Neil, was the man! Great personality and very knowledgeable. We got a fair amount of data on the geography of our dive as well as guidance throughout. He took plenty of pictures and we received them the same day, as promised. Best value for snorkeling in Silfra without a doubt! Must do while in Iceland!

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  8. Snorkeling at Silfra

    This was one of the highlights of our trip– super worth it! We snorkeled on December 23 and would 100% recommend others book this no matter the season. Neil was extremely knowledgable and answered our questions every step of the way. Only your hands and face even get wet, and only my fingers felt cold. The views were fantastic. I highly recommend you book with Iceland Advice! It’s a small company and has a very personal feel. I would do this snorkeling experience again in a heartbeat. The photos were also a definite plus. Thanks, Neil, and Iceland Advice!

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  9. Snorkelling in Silfra with Neil

    We did the snorkelling tour directly on our first day in Iceland. We decided for Iceland Advice after reviewing all the positive feedback on trip advisor and have to say that all of this is true. We had the pleasure to do our tour with Neil and Cordelia, both really really nice, very helpful and also funny! My friend was afraid of the cold at first but after Neil showed us the second warm layer that we will be wearing under the dry suit she felt more comfortable. For all of you that are still undecided whether to do this trip in the winter we can really recommend it and the water is not as cold as you might think.
    Cordelia & Neil, a special thank you for giving us this awesome experience and your kindness throughout the day! We highly recommend you 🙂

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  10. Brilliant Experience

    We did snorkelling in yesterday in minus 10 degrees. The instructor, Neil was brilliant and very reassuring as to the water temperature. I was a bit iffy as to how I would cope with the cold water but everything was explained and all the equipment they give you keeps you so nice and warm. It was also very interesting to hear the historical and geological side to this great extreme excursion. You are given a nice hot drink and some cookies after. Neil our instructor took photos the whole time and we were e-mailed them for free after. Really nice man. The lady who helped him was also really lovely (I think her name was Claudia…sorry if I got that wrong) both amazing instructors. I would do it all over again. If your scared about doing this, don’t be! You won’t be cold and it’s an amazing experience! Do it!

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  11. No questions needed - Book with Iceland Advice!

    Its VERY weird to find something on Trip Advisor with 100% rave reviews, but seriously, they deserve it. We snorkelled on the 19th Dec and our instructor Neil was absolutely fantastic. He was knowledgeable, made you feel totally at ease and just made it even more fun. Snorkelling in Iceland, in December IS mad but it’s something you will never forget. The moment my face hit the water and I saw what was underneath, I honestly didn’t want to leave and I am usually fairly scared of open / deep water. We were allowed to ‘wander’ for 20 mins at the end of the guided tour and its mesmerising! I genuinely could have stayed there all day despite the cold water. The pics given to us afterwards are also great! We were given about 30+ photos from a go pro which is way more than expected. Even though Neil (our guide) didn’t come with the pimped changing vans that the other providers seemed to have, getting changed open air just added to the experience and his help getting on those dry suits is also, very much needed! Lastly, his hot chocolate and cookies afterwards are VERY welcome. All I can say is DO IT! and say Hi to Neil for us 🙂

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  12. Amazing experience and fantastic guide

    We drove to Silfra Ravine nervous about the water temperature and questioning why we booked the snorkelling in the first place!

    From start til end, Neil was very reassuring and made the whole experience fantastic. you are wrapped up very warm and the water is not that cold once you get into it. The views were incredible and you must do this if you are visiting Iceland.

    For the price and excellent guide in Neil (plus the added bonus of being sent photos from the day the evening after you have snorkeled), you must do this activity through Iceland Advice.

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  13. Neil, there is a huge fish down there!!

    Wow. What an experience that I will never forget. The guide (Neil) truly is an expert and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. I can not speak highly enough of his knowledge and ability to ensure that you feel safe all the way throughout. One of the highlights for me was seeing a huge fish near the bottom at Silfra which was amaaaaaaazing! Neil went above and beyond to ensure we had the best of experiences that concluded nicely with some warm hot chocolate and cookies! Thanks mate, I really appreciate it and all the best for the future.

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  14. snorkelling silfra with neil

    my friend booked this snorkelling trip for her, me, and our boyfriends, and what a perfect choice!! we all had great fun! i was a bit nervous at first because of the constricting suits (which is totally necessary to keep you warm and dry, and worked wonderfully) but the guide, neil, and his lovely assistant, were both very accomodating and reassuring during the entire experience! the beginning of the swim was made easy by the current, but the turn at the end was against the current and got me super tired (because of the bulkiness of the suit and gear), but neil was kind enough to give me a big push to the end! he was super attentive to our small group of 6 and still took wonderful pictures! he even warmed us up in the beginning by pouring hot-ish water from a thermos into the wet-suit gloves (really made a huge difference)!! then they warmed us up at the end with hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies! and kept us warm in between by reminding us to put our gloves/hats on, or by providing us with some, during the cold parts on land (while they helped us squeeze through the suits)! the $150 was well worth it and if we had the cash, we would’ve tipped them (but it isn’t customary in iceland to tip), so i hope this review and our word of mouth to friends and family will be enough to show our gratitude! thanks again!!

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  15. Amazing experience(better than it looks)

    This is something I totally overlooked until a friend recommended it to me, and wow! It was so beautiful, calm and peaceful. The water was so clear and to be able to put one hand on the american tectonic plate and my foot on the eurasian plate…..words can’t describe it! Our tour guide, Neil from Iceland Advice was awesome and nothing was a bother for him- he made us feel safe throughout and took some great photos of us that he emailed back to us on the same day. The suits were amazing and kept us warm and we got hot chocolate and cookies after it. Don’t miss this if you’re visiting Iceland.

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  16. Snorkling in Silfra

    My boyfriend and I went snorkling at Silfra with Neil on 14 Dec!

    It was the most amazing experience we had in Iceland!
    The snow made it so beautiful and Neil went out of his way to make sure we weren’t cold with hot chocolate and cookies.
    The fissure is impressive and the water is crystal clear!
    Neil was great. He told us what to expect throughout the process and kept us well informed with his excellent and fun attitude.

    Highly recommend this tour especially in winter!

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  17. Fabulous and unique experience, not to miss!!

    This was one of our favorite trips we did during our 2 week trip to Iceland. Our guide Neil was great! He was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful! We liked that it was a smaller group which made it feel more personal. The overall experience was fantastic and we couldn’t recommend it more!! 🙂

  18. -15 Degrees and I still felt warm! MUST DO IN ICELAND

    Neil was fantastic and very good instructor. You might think that it is a little bit crazy going on a snorkeling trip in December. TRUST ME IT IS GOING TO BE THE BEST THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE!!!

    We spent more time in the water with Neil than other people using other companies which is added BONUS!

    Neil was also super awesome. There was a current and I was struggling alittle bit. I didn;t even tell him that I was struggling. He just came over and pushed me along!!!

    All our facebook friends are saying that the picture are so great and that it look so fun.

    If you want to make your friends jealous and want to have a fun time and have a cup of hot chocolate and unlimited biscuits in the end . JOIN THIS GROUP!!!!

    Marion Yau (London)

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  19. Excellent guide and super experience

    We were a group of 5 people, which was perfect for the snorkelling tour. Our guide was the best; he was super nice, gave us information about silfra and ready to help in every situation. He took wonderful picture, which we already got on the same day. After the snorkelling he provided us with hot chocolate and cookies and helped us to get out of the dry suits. It was really cold that day, but their equipment is perfect, so we weren’t freezing in the water. It was definitely one of the best experiences in Iceland and I can totally recommend to take the tour with Iceland Advice.

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  20. Silfra Snorkeling

    I chose Iceland Advice for snorkeling at Silfra because they responded quickly to my emails, had good reviews, and were the least expensive choice (and included photos). I was not disappointed! The guide was great — very nice and knowledgeable and made me feel like snorkeling in Iceland in December wasn’t a terrible idea. Silfra was amazing in every way — wearing a dry suit was quite an experience in itself, and the sights underwater were unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The entire tour took about 3 hours. After general instructions and history, it took quite a while to get the dry suit on. First you wear whatever thermals and socks you brought. On top of that goes a large fluffy onesie like outfit that keeps you toasty warm. On top of that, you have a dry suit. Then you get a hood, gloves, fins, and mask. Though your hands and face will get wet, it doesn’t feel cold until getting out of the water when you feel like your fingers and face might freeze off. Getting in and out of the outfit is quite an ordeal and why the tour is 3 hours, even though you’re only in the water 30 minutes. 30 minutes is definitely enough time to see everything under the water. After the tour, I got tons of pictures sent to me. I highly recommend Iceland Advice!

    Also, if you do this tour, note that the tour meets at the Thingvellir Information Center, not Visitors Center. The Visitors Center is the big building with a pay parking lot and tons of tour buses. The Information Center is past it on the main road, on the left, and is a much smaller building. We didn’t have a GPS, and I went to the wrong place, and luckily Iceland Advice was very accommodating and hadn’t left without me. Also, if you are driving from Reykjavik, it is about an hour drive, but adhere to the speed limit, as there are speed cameras! You may want to leave a bit earlier to have time to stop at some really pretty pull-offs where you can take pictures as the sun rises (depending on time of year). Finally, I was worried we wouldn’t have time to complete the Golden Circle in the daylight since the sun set around 4:00 when we were there. The tour ended around 1:00. We hustled to Geysir, Strokkur, and Gullfoss and saw all in daylight. We didn’t have time to stop for lunch or at Kerid or other places, and most of the drive back was in the dark. But it was doable.

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  21. The great experience of snorkling in december

    We had a really lovely time with Neil (Iceland Advice) during our snorkling adventure in Silfra! Amazing colours, beautiful sights underwater and a possitively weird experience to snorkle while it is freezing outside. I would definetly recommend Iceland Advice for the snorkling adventure!

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  22. Best company and Silfra snorkeling tour was amazing!

    We used Iceland Advice for the Silfra snorkeling tour. First, the company is fantastic—when you do pickup they pickup directly from your hotel (which is great since company’s like glacier guides do not). Second, our tour guides Manuel, Carlos and Ivan were amazing and made the tour extra special—Manuel provided us a great background on Iceland in the drive too. Third, the tour itself is a once in a lifetime excursion. Snorkeling in the glacier clear water between the continental divide is something my husband and I will never forgot! And definitely worth the cold!

    -Review from Tripadvisor

  23. Snorkelling in Silfra

    An absolutely amazing experience for all people. Neil our guide was fantastic we couldn’t have asked for anymore. The cold water isn’t a problem as thermal body suits are given and the water suits are buoyant so weak swimmers do not have to worry. If you’re going to Iceland this is a must just make sure you choose Iceland advice.

    The photos included in the price are awesome too. Thanks again Neil.

    Will & Donna

    -Review from Tripadvisor

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