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  • Location:Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Golden Circle Tour and Snorkeling Experience with 4x4 Jeep Transport from Reykjavik

Snorkel at Silfra Fissure in the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, and visit incredible Golden Circle attractions on this day trip from Reykjavik! After leaving the capital, head to the national park and snorkel in the clear waters of Silfra Fissure, a natural rift between the North American and European tectonic plates. Then, explore geothermic valley of Haukadalur by 4x4 jeep, stopping to see the famous Geysir hot spring and Gulfoss waterfall – two highlights of the Golden Circle.


  • Golden Circle day trip including snorkeling at Silfra Fissure
  • Travel through UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park by custom-built 4X4 jeep
  • Snorkel in the area above the North American and European tectonic plates
  • Visit the geothermic valley of Haukadalur to see several geysers (hot springs)
  • Stop for photos at Gulfoss waterfall before returning to Reykjavik

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What You Can Expect

Golden Circle Tour and Snorkeling Experience with 4x4 Jeep Transport from Reykjavik

See erupting hot springs on a Golden Circle tour!

Start your day with a hotel pickup from Reykjavik by a spacious 4x4 jeep – custom built to drive smoothly across the demanding Icelanic terrain – and then set off to explore the Golden Circle, a 186-mile (300-km) scenic loop that circles the countryside around the capital. First stop is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the site of the world’s longest-running parliament. Hear about the Icelandic Vikings who set up parliament in the area, and stand in the place where the tectonic plates of North America and Europe are said to meet.

After stretching your legs on a gentle stroll around, return to your jeep and travel to Lake Thingvallavatn in the heart of the park. The lake is best known for a natural rift called Silfra Fissure that forms part of the boundary between the North American and European tectonic plates.

Head into the snorkel center to get changed (equipment provided) and listen to a snorkeling briefing from your guide. Then, follow the lead of your guide into the famously clear waters and snorkel between two continents! The visibility at Silfra Fissure is renowned, and you can even see down to the lava fields, some 328 feet (100 meters) below.

Freshen up with a shower back on dry ground, and break for lunch (own expense). Hop back inside your 4x4 and travel through the valley of Haukadalur, a geothermal region studded with incredible geysers (hot springs that blast water and steam into the air). Stop for photos at Geysir, one of the area’s most impressive springs, and then walk around nearby Gulfoss – an impressive waterfall that thunders down Hvítá River’s canyon.

Having explored the area, seeing its impressive hot springs and waterfalls, return to Reykjavik. Your tour finishes at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Deanne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

What a unique experience this was almost opted out when u first got there I'm so happy I didn't. The views below the water was absolutely breathtaking definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Very highly recommended.

Devton E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

this is either a DO NOT DO or a MUST DO depending on the person. The water is 2 degrees Celsius year round, which is damned cold. The teddy bear suits and dry suits are a pain in the ass to get on and off. There is nothing to see in the water except neon green seaweed and slimy brown algae. But if you are the adventurous type then you will do it all anyway.

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Outstanding guide and overall experience. Would love to do it again.

Liam k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

Possible the best thing i've ever seen.All the fear of the cold water and ability to snorkel disappeared immediately. The suits given help you float so no real effort needed. Although do wear thick socks. Our guides was dori (sorry if spelt wrong) and sarah. Both were very nice people and great help


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Really fun!! The guide is excellent and you are well looked after from start to finish.

Violet C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Loved it, I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Patrick M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

This experience was absolutely incredible. The guides took care to ensure that the dry suits were a good fit. When I couldn't get a good seal on my mask, the guide traded with me so that I would be able to fully enjoy my experience. Highly recommend taking a waterproof camera. The water is ridiculously clear and it was great to bring back photos of this experience. There is a mild current, so I could just take photos as I drifted along. If we go back to Iceland we will definitely be doing this again. No fish to be seen, but the fissure was still amazing.

Adrienne Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

The guide was great! Answered all my questions and made the whole experience enjoyable and fun. An underwater camera is a must. The water is cold but you wear an insulation suit under a dry suite so its actually not that bad even though the water is only 4 degrees C. This was a great experience, I've never been snorkeling before and this was an excellent first time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

An amazing experience snorkelling, we were lucky and had a lovely clear day without too much wind. A toasty -5 but the dry suit kept us nice and warm. The views are amazing, definitely worth doing.

Sareeta R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2011

Fantastic trip, was very peaceful and beautiful. Laurent was a great host too. Thoroughly recommend if you can handle the cold and take your time to enjoy the experience!

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