Snorkeling Silfra & Whale Watching

A day on the water – snorkeling at Silfra and whale watching in the bay of Reykjavik!


The summer season in Iceland gives you the opportunity to truly make the most out of one day. The combination of snorkeling in Silfra followed by whale watching is a great way to get to know the many forms of one of Iceland’s most prominent element: water.

The day begins on a whale watching boat for an unforgettable trip into the world of whales and sea birds with our trusted whale watching partner, Elding adventure at sea. As this is a self drive tour, you will make your way to Elding's office at the old Reykjavik harbor.

The various types of whales commonly sighted include minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and the popular humpback whales. You will be accompanied by sea birds such as gannets, guillemots, cormorants, kittiwakes, arctic terns, and many more. The trip also takes you past several islands inhabited by colonies of puffins, which provides a great photo opportunity!

The Whale watching tour lasts till around 12.00 noon, so you will have time for a quick bite before your 1 hour drive to the National Park Thingvellir where you will snorkel Silfra. You can meet us directly at the Silfra meeting point in Thingvellir National Park.

Silfra is a crack in the earth between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. This remarkable fissure is filled with the glacial water and with over 100 meters visibility underwater, it is among the clearest bodies of water on our planet.

On the snorkeling tour we will guide you through the four parts of the Silfra fissure. Floating through Silfra's crystal clear water is an otherworldly experience; the near-freezing water, astonishing colors, and sensation of flying provide a very unique environment for liquid meditation that you will never forget.

After the snorkeling tour you can enjoy some time at Thingvellir national park before headgin back to Reykjavik.

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