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Iceland home to one of world's top snorkel sites: the Silfra Fissure. Here in Thingfellir national park near Reykjavik you can float between two continents and get amazed about the truly unique underwater visibility.

About Snorkeling in Iceland

Iceland home to one of world's top snorkel sites: the Silfra Fissure. Here in Thingfellir national park near Reykjavik you can float between two continents and get amazed about the truly unique underwater visibility.

The Silfra fissure is actually a crack between the North American and Eurasian continents, meaning that you dive or snorkel right where the continental plates meet and drift apart about 2cm per year. Silfra is the only place where one can dive or snorkel directly in the crack between two continental plates. Secondly, the underwater visibility in the Silfra fissure is over 100 meters, which creates an underwater experience that will rarely, if ever, be surpassed. 

Most operators offer drysuits snorkel tours although some may also offer wet suit snorkel tours in Silfra. By snorkelling in drysuit you will get protection from the cold water in the fissure as the dry suit is constructed from layers of insulating fabric. In a wetsuit you will be able to dive into the fissure instead of floating heavily on the surface like you do in a dry suit. 

Highlights

  • Snorkel in Silfra and float between two continental plates 

Best Time to Visit

High season: June - August

Low season: October - April

Snorkeling can be done all year long but in the summer months weather is best, temperatures are higher and days are longer.

If you are looking for more outdoor adventures in Iceland, please refer to our Iceland Guide for more information.