Snorkeling in Silfra
Snorkelling in Silfra
It’s not every day you get the chance to swim between two continental plates, but on this trip, that is exactly what’s on offer. The World Heritage Þingvellir National Park is home to the water-filled Silfra Fissure, where crystal clear glacial water offers a magical snorkelling experience between the Eurasian and North American continental plates. From above, the Silfra Fissure looks like any other body of water, but under the surface you can discover strange rock formations on both sides, with many sections bearing rather descriptive names (how about swimming past the Silfra Cathedral, for example?). A knowledgeable guide will make sure you get a warm dry suit that will protect you against the cold water, and they will also give you a thorough run-through on how to dive before you hop in. If you have a waterproof camera then we recommend that you take it along – photo opportunities like this don’t come along all that often!
In order to participate on this excursion, you need to read through the snorkeling handbook below. The handbook contains some useful tips and information, and also lists medical requirements that you need to meet in order to go on the excursion.
Snorkeling handbook: Snorkeling handbook
Price 2019 | £ 135
Included: Snorkelling in the Thingvalla lake with intructor. Snorkelling equipment. Guiding in English. Pick-up in Reykjavik. Entrance to the Silfra area. Hot chocolate and cookies.
Period: All year, daily.
Duration: 5 hours (45 min snorkeling).
Difficulty rating: 3 out of 5.
Age limit: Min.12 years and Max. 65 years.
- Medical Statement - to be read and signed by each participant.
- Be at least 150cm tall and not more than 200cm.
- Weight at least 45kg and not more than 120 kg.
- Be comfortable in water and be able to swim.
- Be physically fit.
- Be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit.
- Not be pregnant
Other info: This tour is also available as the Diving Silfra Day Tour. Snorkelers and divers can be on tour together. Bring swim wear and a towel, warm wool socks and a change of clothes. During the winter months it can get cold.
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