Snorkel and free-dive between tectonic plates at Silfra, one of the top dive sites in the world. Silfra is situated in The Golden Circle at UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir, only 50km from Reykjavik so this unique experience can easily be incorporated into any tour of Iceland whether you have a few days or a couple of weeks. Silfra is a freshwater fissure roughly 63m deep. The water is so clear that you can see up to 100m in front of you. Choose to snorkel in either a wetsuit or drysuit. A drysuit will keep you nice and toasty but it does provide a lot of buoyancy so you won’t be able to dive under the surface. The more adventurous and slightly brave, can snorkel in a wetsuit giving you the ultimate freedom to do as you please.
The total trip including change time, brief, and drying and warming up after will last a couple of hours but you will be in the water for approx. 45 mins.This is plenty of time as the water is quite fresh! As soon as you emerge you will be met with a fantastic insulated/drying long blanket-jacket to put on top of your website. You will then whisk your wetsuit or drysuit off inside and warm up with a hot chocolate!
My advice: Go for the wetsuit option if you’re brave. I feel the cold terribly but wanted the freedom to dive below the surface and I was fine. Your body adapts quite quickly just don’t hang around after!
Season: All year round
Minimum age: 12 yrs
Requirement: Good swimming ability/confidence in the water