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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!
My family (all adults) loved this outing. I especially appreciated the careful and sensitive way we were treated, since we were all absolute beginners. The staff were well informed and helpful, ensuring that everything went smoothly. This is what we come to Iceland for: experiencing the unique geography. I will say that I am quite out of shape, so I found the cave exploring to be a bit of a challenge - but it simply meant that I had to go a bit slower. Good hiking shoes a must for the cave; there are loose and slippery rocks and boulders. For snorkeling: my street clothes were bone dry inside the dry-suit, didn't even need the extra change of clothes, but I may have been lucky.
Fantastic! One of the best day tours I have completed in Iceland!
Highly recommencing it.
Absolutely brilliant. Ali, the guide, was top quality guy, ensuring that we had a great time. The snorkelling was amazing, beautiful crystal clear water which you could drink freely. We got a good hour or so. The caves were fun. Be prepared to crouch and squat. Quite tiring, but very enjoyable.
the guides at artic adventures are awesome, did 3 different tours with them and they were all great