THIS TRIP WAS AMAZING - from the cave to the silfra - i have never seen water so clear. And yes, it was freezing, but so worth it! Make sure to drink some of the water while snorkling, you can taste how pure it is.
Enjoyed both the caving and Silfa, don't miss the chance to experience this once in a lifetime trip.
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The best thing I did in Iceland. These guys were entertaining and knowledgeable. Snorkeling in Silfra was breathtaking. A must do!
I had an amazing time on this tour and would highly recommend it! The guides were excellent -particularly Richard! The water was cold but it and #39;s such a cool experience and you and #39;re only in the water for 30-40 minutes (although it feels longer!) so make the most of it!
We really enjoyed our day with Richard. We started the day with a trip to a cave, where they provided helmets with lights and crampons for the bottom of your shoes so you don and #39;t slip (much appreciated!). There are some tight spots in the cave (there was a small part where we had to roll and the entrance/exit were a bit tight (akin to a tube /slide into the earth), but overall doable. I would definitely recommend wearing water resistant/proof pants that can handle a few scrapes as you may end scraping against things or crawling at some point and there are some wet areas. It should also be mentioned that this is nothing like the caverns that I had previously experienced - definitely much more physically demanding and less accessible than I had initially expected, including lighting from only the headlamps of the group. There and #39;s really no room to bring things into the cave unless they fit in a coat pocket (for which zipper pockets are great), so I and #39;d recommend only bringing what you feel comfortable leaving in the van. The cave was great - interesting designs, colors, and icicles.
We then went to Silfra for snorkeling. The beauty under the water makes the cold totally worth it, but it and #39;s definitely cold. I especially recommend wearing lots of layers on your feet. My feet were the coldest, even with 3 pairs of socks and despite being in the dry suit. I also highly recommend having your seals checked on your suit to make sure there and #39;s no room for water to get in or ask for extra ties to tighten the seal. Some water got in my suit and it was freezing. You may want to bring an extra change of clothes in case that happens. It took about 45 minutes to get into all the gear and I give Richard such kudos for helping us manage it all!!! If everything goes according to plan, your body and feet should stay dry, but your hands and head will definitely get wet (they are in separate wetsuit pieces). I brought a swim cap with me and was thankful to have my hair stay dry in the cold.
I also really appreciated that Richard pointed key sights and features by the road as we drove. There were a few sights we had passed a few times and had no idea what they were prior to this tour. Overall a really unique and great trip.
Billi was our amazing tour guide. We started at the lava caves which was incredible. They provide crampons helmets and lights but wear pants that you don't mind touching the cave floors and walls as you will crawl around a bit. The snorkeling is freezing cold but worth it! We went on a cold day and the water is warmer than the air so when you get in you don't feel the difference. Only your hands and feet get wet when wearing the dry suit. The guides make sure you are equipped with your gear and help at the end when getting the suits off. A must do in Iceland one of the main highlights of our trip!
Unforgettable experience. Possibly one of the highlight of my trip.
Our guide was great and very knowledgeable. The snorkeling in 30 degree water was an incredible and cold experience. I highly recommend this trip. Wear long underwear and two pairs of socks for the snorkeling.
We had the best time! The caves were incredible, and it was great to learn the history in how they were formed. Even though we went snorkeling in the freezing water while it was snowing, the view was absolutely breathtaking. This was our favorite part of our trip. We had a fantastic tour guide who happily talked to us all about Iceland, their traditions, and things to do. I highly recommend it.
By far the most unique experience yet. Standing in the moss covered lava field and surrounded by dormant volcanoes is a site like no other. It had snowed the day before, so the contrasting white to the greens, yellows, browns and blacks just added to the spectacular vista. We were pleasantly surprised by the level of activity required to explore the lava cave. It is not an extreme activity, but it's not a walk in the park, either. Oskar was our host for the day. He is very professional and kind with a good sense of humor. He is very knowledgeable about the history and geography of the regions he escorted us through. Richard and Norris were our hosts in Silfra. These are two men who really enjoy their work. They were very proficient at sizing us up, outfitting us and getting us into our gear. They are very funny and kind and they made us feel completely at ease before getting into the water. Once in the water, we were encouraged take our time and to savor the experience for as long as we liked. Any pictures you see of snorkeling in Silfa are true to likeness. The colors and clarity of water are truly something to behold. This excursion is worth your consideration. It's a full, action-packed day spending much more time out of the vehicle than in it.
This was an excellent adventure. We enjoyed both the caving and the crystal clear water of silfra.
What a blast! We loved the authentic caving experience! It does require some climbing - but I am not in great shape and did just fine! Our guide was friendly, encouraging and knowledgable. Our small group of 10 was the perfect size. The snorkeling was awesome too! What a view! Do this tour!
Worth every penny! This was one of the highlights of my trip. Before I went I thought that it was kind of expensive, but after the day was over I realized it really wasn't. The water is unbelievablely clear and even though the water is cold I never once felt cold myself. Absolutely AMAZING!!!!
This tour was fun, a little bit challenging, and a great way to see parts of Iceland beyond your usual bus tour.
Juan was a great guide - he picked us up from our hotel promptly and took us straight to the National Park to snorkel with the other guests in the small tour. Getting suited up in the dry suits was a bit of a long process, but Richard and Juan explained everything and made sure everyone was comfortable before going in the water. They both had some great tips for how to deal with the cold and where to look to see the best views underwater. I've never seen water that clear or felt it that cold!!, and saying you snorkeled in the continental divide is pretty awesome.
After a brief lunch stop, we were off to the lava tubes on the other side of Reykjavik - Juan told us all about how they were formed, helped us through the tight spots in the tunnels, and made it a fun experience with a few stories. The lava tubes were fascinating to see up close, and this was one of the more authentic caving experiences I've seen.
The tour was really a great time. The tour guide was very knowledgeable during the lava cave exploring. Also the snorkeling is a must do.
Trip was amazing. Very memorable and unique. Our guide was really personable and made the tour very interesting.
It was amazing!! it is a life time experience. Before the tour I was scared that I was going to freeze my soul and get sick (I did it during the winter), but the dry suit really keeps you warm. The guides are amazing, they are really professionals and know what they are doing. I really had a fantastic time, I'm so glad I decided to do it, and I would recommend it to everybody.
This tour, with Arctic Adventures, was a truly amazing adventure. With very knowledgeable and friendly guides we walked through a lava tube and then went snorkeling in Silfra in a fissure with one of the clearest waters in the world. Getting into a dry suit is not easy but definitely worth the effort!
Richard N Canada
The trip was great. The 'cave' was interesting in the fact one cannot walk in lava tubes in too many places - worth doing it once. The snorkeling was fantastic especially when the sun came out and shone through the water. I was expecting it to be very cold but the down undersuits and dry suits really worked. Well worth the trip. Would love to do the dive next time if we make it back to Iceland.
Loved it but my hands burned so much from the cold it was hard to enjoy for the full a mount of time. Guides were outstanding both caving and snorkeling . I wonder if hand warders could have helped
This was one of the best experiences I have had on vacation. Adventure is the key word. LOVED every second!!!