Snorkeling and Horseback Riding is a perfect combination for those who want to experience a great outdoor day in Iceland. You’ll enjoy snorkeling in the freshwater fissure Silfra, which is known to be one of the best dive sites in the world. And you will enjoy riding an Icelandic horse known for their five gaits.
This is a pure nature trip. You’ll be snorkeling in either wetsuit or drysuit all depending on your wishes. By wearing the wetsuit you will be able to dive underneath the surface of Silfra and we really recommend this choice rather than the drysuit as you will get more out of the tour instead of just floating on the surface. Silfra is a freshwater fissure, about 60-63 metres where it is deepest, you can almost see end to end as the water is so clear. Silfra is situated at the UNESCO World Heritage site, Thingvellir.
The horseback riding will take place at the friendly family run farm Laxnes where you’ll ride on the Icelandic horse which has five gaits. You will enjoy the Icelandic nature at the same time you are getting to know these small friendly horses.
This tour is operated in cooperation with Laxnes Horse Farm.Book now
Price: 32.900 ISK (included in price is pick-up and drop-off at your hotel, guide and all necessary equipment for snorkeling and horseback riding).
From 1. March – 31. Oct: 9:00, 12:00 and 15:00 (Pick up starts an hour earlier)
From 1. Nov – 28 February: 10:00 and 13:00 (Pick up starts an hour earlier)
Please note that this is the meeting time at Thingvellir, Silfra car park – Pick up from your hotel starts an hour earlier.
If you do not require pick up, the meeting point is Silfra car park in Thingvellir National Park. Please park your car at “Thingvellir P5” and walk 400m back along the road until you reach a smaller car park with all the snorkel and dive vans, and look for your Adventure Vikings guide. Please be there, ready to meet your guide 5-10 minutes before your tour is due to begin.
For GPS: 64°15’23.5″N 21°6’58.6″W
Duration: Snorkel Tour between 09:00-13:00 and Horseback Riding between 14:00-16:00
Prerequisites for snorkeling:
Be comfortable in water and be able to swim
Be physically fit
Have read, signed, and followed directions on the Silfra Snorkeling Medical Statement
Sign our liability release form at the start of the tour
Be at minimum 145cm (4’9) tall / maximum 200cm (6’7) tall
Be at minimum 45kg (99 lbs) / maximum 120kg (264 lbs)
Be minimum 14 years of age
Not be pregnant
Minimum participants: 2 people (Contact us if you are traveling alone as we might already have a small group departing at your desired date).
Maximum participants: 8 per guide.
We will provide you with all necessary gear required for snorkeling and horseback riding. You will however have to bring:
Clothes suited to dress under a drysuit such as long warm underwear or sweat suit, warm socks OR
Clothes suited to dress under a wetsuit such as swimsuits
Warm clothes to wear prior and after the snorkeling
Lunch or Snack
You can rent a GoPro camera by us
Rent a GoPro and you will receive an SD card with your footage to take home straight after your tour.
We often get the question on which suit to go with – Wetsuit or Drysuit? In reality, this all comes down to your preference, along with your ability to bear a little cold.
First off we’d like to note that if you’re going with a group, you don’t all need to wear the same type of suit. Just make two separate bookings, one for the ones who choose drysuits and another for those who choose wetsuits. If you make sure the bookings are on the same day and at the same time, you will be snorkeling together.
If you choose a drysuit, you can wear normal clothing underneath the suit, but we do recommend that you wear long sleeves and warm socks. Just make sure it is something comfortable like fleece, thin wool or a sweat suit – we definitely don’t recommend jeans. The drysuit does keep you nice and warm and most importantly it keeps you dry – however, in a drysuit you are unable to free dive, as you somewhat float on the surface.
In a wetsuit you have the opportunity to dive a little underneath the surface of Silfra to explore this natural wonder up close. You will have to wear a bathing suit underneath as there is always a little water that leaks through the suit. Your bodyheat then heats this water up fairly quickly within the suit. You’ll definitely have more mobility in the wetsuit, being able to move around properly and more freely. Note the water temperature at Silfra is 2-4 degrees Celsius all year around – which makes for around 35-39 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, only those comfortable with a little cold from the freezing glacier water should go for the wetsuit. In saying that, most people who decide to go for a wetsuit on even the coldest days do absolutely great.
No matter what suit you go for, Silfra is absolutely amazing and you can’t go wrong with one or the other. Most importantly: have fun and enjoy the magic of Silfra!
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