Something Jess and I never thought we’d do is snorkel in glacial runoff. To sweeten the deal, we never imagined snorkeling between tectonic plates in what is claimed to be the clearest water in the world! The Silfra Fissure is located within the Pingvellir National Park in Iceland, just a short 60KM drive from Reykjavik. What is Silfra? This is the place where the North American and Eurasian plates are splitting apart and creating fissures. You must be sure to book your snorkeling tour in advance as everyone just meets in a parking lot to suit up and go with your group at your time.
Water here stays just above freezing all year long!
Being between the tectonic plates was once in a lifetime and the calmness in the water and environment felt very therapeutic.
Why snorkel Silfra? The glacial water in Silfra has been filtered underground for decades by lava rock. This make it one of the clearest bodies of water on earth with up to 120 m of visibility. Snorkeling in Iceland has been described as “liquid mediation”. The current of the water allows you to float along while enjoying the beauty below.
The snorkel guide took photos for us which can be purchased after the snorkel trip. Once you’re trip down the Silfra Fissure is complete they walk you back to the meeting parking lot where they provide hot chocolate and coffee along with a nice cookie snack.
The walk back to the parking lot was the coldest part of the entire day but you are quickly reunited with your dry warm clothes and all is well to continue your day and exploring Pingvellir National Park.
Overall, the snorkel trip was a bit pricey but definitely once in a lifetime and some of the most unique views we’ve seen in all our snorkeling trips!
How long does it take? We started around 9:30 and finished at 12:00
Snorkel Silfra Fissure