Snorkel between Continents in the Silfra Fissure, with Photos
Duration: Part day (3 hours) Difficulty: Easy
Why we love this tour
Snorkel like never before and swim through a crack in the earth's crust. Jump into Iceland's clear glacial water and flip your fins from the Eurasian to the North American tectonic plates.
- Visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Float over deep canyons with uncharted caves
- See shades of blue only found in glacial water
- Swim back and forth between tectonic plates
- Snorkel in a shallow lagoon covered in colorful algae
Just because Iceland is full of ice doesn't mean you can't still jump in the water. Bundle up and snorkel in a bright blue glacial lagoon over a crack in the earth's crust. Marvel at Iceland's impressive landscape as you swim from one tectonic plate to the other along the rock walls of Silfra fissure.
You meet your guide, a certified diver, in Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You take a short journey through the park for a chance to admire the volcanic, moss-laden fields. Along the way, the friendly and experienced PADI Divemaster guide provides a safety briefing.
You receive all of the necessary equipment for snorkeling in the chilly waters of Silfra, including neoprene hoods and gloves, a thermal undersuit, a drysuit and, of course, a mask, snorkel, and fins. This equipment will keep you buoyant throughout your time in the fissure, as well as offering a protection so you can enjoy the glacial freshwater water.
Submerge below the surface to find incredible shades of blue along the rocky canyon walls. As you flip your fins, you move from one continent to another; this rift separates the North American plate from the Eurasian plate. Thingvellir National Park is famous for giving visitors the opportunity to swim in two places at once; it's also been named by National Geographic as one of the top dive sites in the world.
Swimming further, you arrive at Silfra Hall, the widest section on the fissure, and the majestic Silfra Cathedral, the deepest section. The fissure reaches 63 m (207 ft), and snorkeling in such pure waters gives you unbelievable visibility of 70–80 m (230–260 ft).
Finally, you reach the stunning oasis of the “Real Blue Lagoon," a stunning shallow body of water at the fissure. The entire 45-minute aquatic adventure reveals a magically isolated canyon for you to explore the earth's crust up close.
Snorkel in unending shades of blue in the center of Iceland's gorgeously green Thingvellir National Park. The thrill of continent-hopping is balanced equally by the calming sensation swimming in the clear freshwater of the Silfra fissure.
Need to know before you go
Tours run every day at 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm, all year round.
Each guide takes a group of a maximum of 6 people. Larger groups will be split among guides.
Participants must be between 45-120 kg (100-265 lbs), 150-200 cm (59-79 in), and 12-65 years of age.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
You must sign and present the Medical Statement Form before the activity.
If you are under 60, you can sign the form at the meeting point. Those over 60 must present a medical waiver (on page 2 of the form).
No previous snorkel experience is necessary. You must only be able to swim and be physically fit.
Please bring thick, warm socks, a towel, long underwear, change of clothes (just in case), contact lenses if you wear glasses, and water.
You must be ready to wear a tight and constricting dry suit to protect your body from the cold.
Pregnant women are not allowed to participate.
Important information. To be able to do this tour, you must be able to comply with the following requirements
- Have read, signed, and followed directions on the Snorkeling Silfra Medical Statement Form (to be sent after booking).
- You can sign the form at the meeting location.
- Be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.
- Communicate in English or have an interpreter with you at the time of the tour.
- Be physically fit.
- Not be pregnant.
- You must be ready to wear a tight and constricting dry suit to protect your body from the cold.
- You must be a minimum of 150 cm (59 in) and a maximum of 200 in (79 in) in height and weigh between 45-120 kg (100-265 lbs) along with being physically fit.
- You must be a maximum of 65 years of age to participate in this tour. If you are over 60 years of age, you need a medical waiver, available on page 2 of the medical form.
- You must be a minimum of 12 years of age to participate in this tour. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian booked on the same tour.
- If you are over 45 and partake/have partaken in pipe smoking or heavy alcohol intake, you need a medical waiver.
- 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.
Your booking will become valid after we receive your payment and send you a confirmation email.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance with 100% reimbursement.
There is no reimbursement for later cancellations. In case of cancellation from our side due to bad weather, we will return your payment in full.
7V4M+HC Thingvellir, Iceland
Enter address in Google Maps. Park your car at P5 parking lot at Thingvellir National Park.