Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - Snorkeling

What is snorkelling in Iceland like?
When snorkelling in Iceland you will be wearing a dry suit, hood and gloves made of neoprene, along with fins, mask and snorkel. This equipment will make it not only possible, but also very enjoyable, to stay in the water despite the low temperature. It is a fantastic experience.

 

Do I need previous experience?
No, you don’t need previous experience of snorkelling, but it is important that you can swim independently and that you are comfortable in the water.

 

Do I need to know how to swim?
Yes, you must be able to swim independently without a life jacket, and you must be comfortable in the water.

 

What clothing should I wear?
Please wear or bring some long underwear, and some warm socks. Wool or fleece is the best material to wear. You will be wearing your long underwear and warm socks under the dry suit.

 

Will I stay dry?
The idea behind the dry suit is that it should keep your body dry. We are using top quality dry suits from respected manufacturers. It can be good to know that where is always a small risk that water can enter the dry suit. This is not dangerous, but can feel a little cold. We recommend you bring a spare set of clothes and a towel, just in case. Kindly note that your hands and face will get wet, which is completely normal and not actually that cold.

 

Do you offer photos from the snorkelling?
Our guides normally have an underwater camera and usually takes photos during the tour. If you are interested in photos please let your guide know before you go to the water. You can then buy the photos from your guide at the end of the tour, for a price of 3 900 ISK, which includes all the photos from that day. Kindly note that photos can not be guaranteed. Our customers safety and wellbeing is our first priority, and therefore it can happen that the guide have to focus on helping the snorkelers in the water instead of taking photos. 

 

What equipment do you provide?
We provide undergarment and neoprene dry suits from Waterproof and 0’Three. We also provide neoprene hood and neoprene wet gloves to protect your head and hands from the cold. You will also be given fins, mask and snorkel. 

 

Can I wear glasses during the snorkeling?
No. Glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask, so it is not possible to wear glasses during this activity. Contact lenses works well under the mask, so that´s a great alternative to glasses. We do not rent prescription masks, but you are more than welcome to bring your own.

 

How much time do we spend in the water?
It takes about 30-40 minutes to slowly swim through the whole Silfra fissure. Once we reach the exit point you can choose if you want to get out of the water, or if you want to swim around a bit longer.

 

What are the requirement for snorkling?
The age limit is 12 years old. Minors under 18 need to be in the company of an adult. You need to be able to swim and be comfortable in water.  Our minimum height/weight limit is 45 kg and 150 cm. Maximum height & weight limit is 120 kg and 200 cm. If you are not within these limits, we unfortunately do not have the right equipment for you.

All participants must be healthy and in good shape, as this is a physical activity.


FAQ - Diving

Do I need dry suit experience to dive Silfra?
Yes. In order to dive here in Iceland you need to either have your Dry Suit certification or at least 10 logged drysuit dives from within the last two years. Your guide will check your certification or logbook before the tour starts. Without this documentation you will not be allowed to dive. In the summers we do offer the PADI Dry Suit Diver Speciality course if you don’t have your certification already. 


What are the requirements to dive Silfra?
The age limit for diving Silfra is 18 years old. We also recommend that you are physically fit and healthy, and no smaller than 155 cm/50 kg or larger than 200 cm/120 kg, due to available dry suit sizes. You need to be able to carry your full dive gear for about 250 meters. 

 

I am dry suit certified, but I dont have my card with me. Can I still dive?
We will need to see proof of your certification. If you do not have your card, please contact us well ahead of your tour and we might be able to find you in the PADI online database (if you are certified with PADI). If you show up on the day without your card, we unfortunately will not be able to take you diving.

Will photos be taking during the dive?
The guide will normally not take a camera on the first dive. Silfra can be a challenging dive, and the guide needs to have his or hers hands free in case a diver needs assistance in the water. If everything goes well on the first dive, there is a chance that the guide will take a camera on the second dive. If photos are taken they can be purchased for 3 900 ISK in total for all photos. Talk to your guide on the day if you are interested in photos. 

 

Is pick up included in the dive tour?
Yes, complimentary pick up from central Reykjavik is included in all our dive tours


When is the best time to dive?
The Silfra fissure is a great dive site all year round. It can be a little bit colder in the winter, but it is still an amazing experience! Our other dive sites are available May-September.


What is the depth and dive time when diving the Silfra fissure?

The maximum depth we are allowed to go to in Silfra is 18 meters. Most of the dive is spent at a shallower depth due to the topography of the site. The dive time is about 30 minutes per dive.


What is the water temperature in Silfra?
The water temperature is 2-4 degrees C (35-37 degrees F) all year round. The water comes from the Langjökull glacier which keeps it nice and cool, and very refreshing!


What kind of dry suits are you providing?

We are using high quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three.

 

FAQ - Pick Up and Meeting Location

I am driving to the location, where do I meet my guide?
The meeting point is Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National park. We kindly ask you to be there 15 minutes prior to your tour time. You can find directions to the meeting point HERE. For GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W

 

My pick up location is not on the list?
The hotels and bus stops on the list are the pickup locations that we currently serve. Due to traffic restrictions, we are not allowed to pick up from any other locations in the city.  If you need help finding the closest pickup location to your accommodation please have a look here, or send us an email.