- Day trip to the Gjábakkahellir cave and the Silfra fissure from Reykjavik
- Visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Explore the dark, mysterious Gjábakkahellir cave with your expert guide
- Snorkel in the Silfra fissure and admire the amazing, vibrant depths of underground tectonic plates
- Packed lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off included
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What You Can Expect
Listen to a brief safety introduction, and then follow your guide to explore the dark, mysterious world of the lava field under Þingvellir National Park. Enter Gjábakkahellir and discover the marvels that volcanic activity has created; the cave is a perfect example of an Icelandic lava tube and is situated in one of the most active volcano areas in the world due to the riffs that enabled lava to surface ages ago. See shield volcanoes, which are products of lava flows that left impressive layers of scenery over the years. After exploring the cave for an hour and a half, dine on a packed lunch before moving on to the blue depths of Silfra.
Head to the Silfra fissure, one of Iceland’s most-hidden treasures. Admire the otherworldly scene of the rift, famous for its heavenly shades of crystal-clear blue water, and feel weightless as you float lazily for two hours down the current.
Then, put on your snorkel gear and continue exploring the dream-like underground pool. Your guide will lead you to the most scenic spots as you swim between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
When your incredible journey is over, the coach will take you back to your hotel in Reykjavik.
Please note: In the winter Leiðarendi cave will be explored in the first part of this tour.
Anticipating the full eco-adventure event, this tour delivered 5 stars. The staff were very knowledgeable of the area/history and displayed a high level of expertise/safety in coordinating the snorkeling and lava tube cave exploration. Both events need a moderate level of fitness. I am 60 years old and my wife is 53. My wife had never put on a dry suit, but the staff went over and above to assist and made sure the "old folks of the group" enjoyed the tour to its fullest.The lava tube exploration was superb and experiencing "total blackout darkness" in the middle of the cave was something I will never forget.We will return to Iceland to further our experience of this country.
Snorkeling in Silfra is definitely one of the most exciting things I've ever done!
Walking through the lava tube cave was fine, but it was pretty tame.
We spent the morning driving to the cave, walking through the short cave and checking out some of the Iceland scenery. It was a super windy day, so instead of a picnic we ate lunch in the van as we drove to Silfra. The sandwich was amazingly tasty!
Once at Silfra we stripped down to our skivvies, or leggings and t-shirts (guys outside, gals in the van - no changing rooms in the parking lot). Then we put on cozy "teddy bear" suits, which were basically like children's snow-suits, a big one piece down suit. Then the diving socks, then the dry suit with built on boots goes over everything. Hilarious watching everyone put these on, they can be a small struggle - with the rubber cuffs at the wrists and neck to keep the water out. Then the diving head piece and gloves. The suit, especially the rubber neck lightly squeezing your throat can be a tiny claustrophobic, but you get used to it before you get to the water, so it's ok.
Finally with flippers and snorkel mask in hand we walked to the waters edge, climbed down metal stairs and began floating effortlessly on the glacier water.
Basically only the skin around your mouth is exposed to the water, which goes numb very quickly - so the 50 minutes in the cold water is not uncomfortable at all.
The visibility is incredible and the colors are stunning!
After we got out of the water and walked a short way - we had an opportunity to jump off a little cliff into the water - a total rush!
Such an exciting thing to float between two continents!