Whales & Snorkeling

1 February – 31 November Daily About 6 hours Reykjavík without pick up Moderate Min 12 for snorkeling years old

This combo self-driving tour is perfect for those who want a unique experience during their visit in Iceland.

The Reykjavik Whale Watching Tour starts at Ægisgarður pier, located at the Old Harbour in downtown Reykjavik. A guide will meet you in the Whale Watching Center, which is based on board an old fishing vessel that’s permanently docked at the pier. Before or after the whale watching tour you can enjoy the on-board multimedia exhibit that includes images, videos and fun-facts about the whales and local marine life of Iceland.

The summer season is great for whale watching in Reykjavik, as the wildlife activity in the bay is at its peak. This time of year is your best chance at spotting the majestic Minke whales, along with the white Beaked Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises and Humpback Whales in their natural environment.

Next up is the Silfra snorkeling tour.

On the tour, participants will be guided through the four parts of Silfra fissure, The Big Crack, Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon, all whilst floating between the Eurasian and American continental plates.

Silfra is filled with glacial water that has been trickling through underground lava for approximately 30 years and the water is therefore very clear, resulting in an exceptional visibility of around 100 meters.

Snorkeling in the slight current of the freezing cold water and above astonishing colors give a unique perspective of Iceland that should not be missed.

Tour highlights

  • Snorkeling between continental plates
  • Whale watching (Minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, humpback whales)
  • Birdwatching (Puffins, gannets, guillemots)

Included

  • All admissions fees
  • 30-40 min. snorkeling in Silfra
  • English guidance on both tours
  • All necessary snorkeling equipment
  • Hot cocoa and cookies after snorkeling tour (vegan options available, please email [email protected])
  • 3 hr. whale watching tour
  • Use of overalls on board whale watching boat
  • WiFi on board whale watching boat

Not included

  • Food and drinks other than cocoa and cookies.

Good to know

  • All snorkeling participants must read and sign the “Snorkeling Silfra Medical Statement” and if necessary, follow the directions regarding a doctor’s clearance for the tour.
  • Participants need to bring thermal underwear and thick wool socks. Its also recommended to dress according to weather and bring hat, gloves etc. If participants wear glasses we recommend wearing contact lenses as the masks are not suitable for glasses.
  • To snorkel in Silfra all participants must:
    Be no younger or older than 12-65 years old.
    Be between 150cm-200cm and 45kg-120kg.
    Must not be pregnant and be physically fit.
    Be ready to wear something tight and constricting dry suit.
    Be comfortable in water and be able to swim.
  • Check the size chart carefully to make sure you fit the height and weight requirements for dry suit snorkeling.

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