Golden Circle & Snorkeling in Silfra
Come on an unforgettable tour with a small group to explore the famous Golden Circle. We visit the famous Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, and Snorkeling between continents at Silfra Fissure in the world's clearest waters.
✓ Snorkeling between the continents ✓ Silfra Fissure ✓ Thingvellir National Park ✓ Gullfoss waterfall ✓ Geysir geothermal area
✓ Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board ✓ Small group ✓ Certified Snorkeling guide ✓ Free underwater GoPro photos ✓ Hot drinks after snorkeling ✓ All necessary Snorkeling equipment with a Drysuit ✓ Warm undersuit
Are you ready for the adventure?
The Silfra Fissure is located in Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once our minibus arrives there, you will listen as your experienced certified PADI Dive Master provides a safety briefing. Then, you will receive all of the necessary equipment for snorkeling in Silfra, including neoprene hoods and gloves, a thermal undersuit, a drysuit, and of course mask, snorkel and fins. This equipment will keep you floating throughout your time in the fissure, as well as offering a protection against the cold glacier water. Once in the water, your eyes will meet the incredible shades of blue so prevalent in the fissure, as well as the natural underwater flora of canyon walls.
As you are swimming you will have the opportunity to move across continents, as you will be swimming between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which is one of Thingvellir’s most famous characteristics. You will meet Silfra Hall, which is the widest section on the fissure and then the majestic Silfra Cathedral, its deepest section. Even more, the stunning shallow oasis will be presented before your eyes at the end, “the Real Blue Lagoon”.
Upon exiting the water, you’ll be invited to warm up with hot chocolate with your friendly guide. After the tour is over you will receive the free GoPro underwater photos in your email.
Thingvellir National Park
We visit the place where the two tectonic plates, the North American and the Eurasian plate, are moving away from each other. Few places in the world offer a better and clearer view of this massive geographic activity. The biggest natural lake in Iceland is also located at Thingvellir National Park and hosts a great variety of fish and bird life. Thingvellir is also an important place for Icelandic national history. Icelanders founded their parliament here in 930 AD, where the chieftains had their annual meeting every summer. The name “Thingvellir” translates to “Parliament Plains”.
The melting water from Iceland´s second biggest glacier, Langjökull, falls into a deep canyon forming the majestic “Golden Falls”. On a sunny day, you can see the glacier Langjökull in the distance and enjoy a rainbow in the mist of the waterfall, an photo blockbuster waiting to happen!
Geysir Geothermal Area
The Geysir geothermal area hosts many colorful hot springs. One called Strokkur is a geyser, which erupts every 5 minutes up to 35 meters. It was named after “Geysir” the original erupting hot spring, that gave all the geysers in the world their name, however extinct today.
Important information. To be able to do this tour, you have to comply the following requirements:
–Participants MUST have read and signed this Snorkeling Medical Statement before the tour – click here. We recommend that you bring the form already printed out and signed, but you can sign the form at the meeting location if not.
-Be able to swim.
-Be able to communicate in English.
-Be physically fit.
-Not be pregnant.
-You must be ready to wear a drysuit tight at the neck to protect your body from the cold water.
-You must have a height and weight of minimum 150 cm and 45 kilos, and of maximum 200 cm and 120 kilos.
-The age limit is a minimum of 12 years old and a maximum of 69 years old at the time of the tour to participate. Also, if you will be 60 years old or over at the time of the tour, you need a medical waiver signed by a doctor, available on page 2 of this Snorkeling Medical Statement – click here.
-Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied in the water by a parent or adult guardian booked on the same tour.
About 10 hours
18 (but 6 persons per snorkeling guide in the water)
• Minimum age is 12 years old for snorkeling. If children under those ages are on the tour, then an adult needs to stay with them while others do these activities.
• Participants in Snorkeling under the age of 18 must be accompanied in the water by a parent or adult guardian booked on the same tour.
✓ Silfra Fissure
✓ Thingvellir National Park
✓ Gullfoss waterfall
✓ Geysir geothermal area
✓ English speaking guide
✓ Small group
✓ Certified Snorkeling guide
✓ Free GoPro underwater photos
✓ All necessary Snorkeling equipment with a Drysuit
✓ Warm undersuit
✓ Hot drinks after snorkeling
✓ Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board
• Thermal underwear (thermal shirt and pants) and an extra pair of warm socks for snorkeling
• Change of clothes (just in case)
• Contact lenses if you wear glasses
• Warm clothes (first layer)
• Remove all your jewels (earrings, necklaces, watches, wrist bands, rings, etc…) before the tour
• Waterproof outdoor clothing (second layer)
• Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
• Joy and happiness!
• Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions and we may have to adjust timings to the short daylight of winter days.
• Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. Pick up for our group tours is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
• Participants MUST have read and signed this Snorkeling Medical Statement before the tour – click here. We recommend that you bring the form already printed out and signed, but you can sign the form at the meeting location if not.
• All day tours can be cancelled up to 24 hours from the departure time with the full price refunded by sending an email to [email protected] All cancellations requested less than 24 hours from the departure time are non refundable.
• In the case of cancellation of the tour by the operator because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date or booking other activities when possible, or provide a full refund.
How does pick up work?
We offer pick-up only from Reykjavik city greater area from designated locations found on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. We ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location or miss the departure of your tour. Pick up starts at the scheduled departure time of your voucher and can take up to 30 minutes. We ask our passenger to be ready at their listed location so they can be easily found.
What are designated pick up locations?
Due to the regulations of the city of Reykjavik, tour companies are only allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city center to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher if we will pick you up directly from your hotel or from the designated bus stop locations. Find the closest designated pick up location using the map on www.busstop.is.
What is a day tour?
A day tour is a tour that includes guided sightseeing and activities for one day.
Why should I book a day tour?
All our day tours are in a minibus and offer small group experience. These tours also drive further into in the countryside and give you the opportunity to explore Iceland in-depth.
Do I need hiking boots?
We encourage bringing hiking boots for the sightseeing. They have to have hard on the sole and be tight around the ankle. If you don’t have them, we have them available for rent in all sizes while booking for ISK 1,500 per pair.
What should I wear for snorkeling tour?
For the snorkeling tour itself, we recommend that you wear thermal layer top and pants, and an extra pair of warm socks that will keep you warm under our drysuit. For the outdoor sightseeing part, weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. For tours during winter: warm clothing as first layer, waterproof outdoor jacket and pants, hiking boots with high ankle protection, a hat and gloves are ideal. For tours during summer, bringing a light rain jacket and pants is in most cases enough protection. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. Jeans are not recommended for outdoor trips as they become very heavy and cold when they get wet.
Do I need to know how to swim?
Our drysuits are buoyant and float on the water, however, it is mandatory that all participants know how to swim and feel comfortable in water to join the tour. You don’t need to be a strong swimmer, just to be able to swim and feel comfortable in the water. Our tours are considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. We offer all the safety equipment necessary and you will be snorkeling with a professional and certified PADI Dive Master. If you have specific questions regarding our snorkeling tour, feel free to email us.
Are photos included in the price of the tour?
Yes. GoPro underwater photos are included in the price of the tour. Your guide will take photos through your tour, both outside the water and under the water and they will be sent to you via email after the tour.
If I am pregnant, can I join a snorkeling tour?
Unfortunately, we do not recommend that pregnant women participate in the Silfra snorkeling tour due to the extreme conditions of snorkeling in a tight drysuit and cold glacier water. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.
How does weather affect my tour?
Wind and rain are common in Iceland, in addition to snow in the winter, but we do not let challenging weather stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof jacket and pants as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority, in case of extreme weather or road conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule your booking at a further date or provide a full refund.