Snorkeling & Diving Tours
Snorkel between continents, dive into a hot spring or swim amongst the Atlantic Ocean’s magnificent marine life with one of these Snorkelling & Diving Tours. These excursions are perfect for thrill-seekers looking for a unique way to explore Icelandic waters. Check out our selection of underwater adventures below.
About Snorkelling & Diving Tours
Iceland is geographically unusual. It sits on two tectonic plates as well as a volcanic hotspot, and both of these natural phenomena have contributed significantly to this island’s unique landscape.
On a Snorkelling & Diving Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this magnificent scenery underwater, discovering lava cliffs, geothermal hot springs, and wildlife most visitors to this country will never even hear about.
On a Traveo Snorkelling & Diving Tour, you’ll be transported from your accommodation or a designated pick-up point to the dive or snorkelling site. There, you’ll be given all equipment needed for your underwater excursion. After you’ve gotten your gear on, you’ll step into the water with a certified PADI guide and explore the wonders found below the surface.
Snorkelling & Diving Spots in Iceland
There are a few snorkelling and diving spots found around the country. Undoubtedly, the most famous one is Silfra Fissure, located in Þingvellir National Park.
The park sits on the boundary of two tectonic plates which are constantly pulling apart, creating fissures and canyons in the process. One of these fissures is Silfra which is filled with meltwater from a nearby glacier. As the water flows from the glacier, it filters through a porous lava field, making the water in Silfra crystal clear and providing unparalleled visibility for snorkelers and divers.
Another popular option is Strýtan, an underwater geothermal vent near the northern town of Akureyri. This towering chimney-like geological formation rises from the ocean floor and spouts 79°C hot water from its cone. The warm waters found near Strýtan attract various wildlife from small nudibranchs to huge wolffishes, and, on occasion, humpback whales.
The Reykjanes Peninsula provides us with two spectacular diving sites: the North Atlantic Ocean near Garður Town and Kleifarvatn Lake. The former is a favourite diving spot for professional divers in Iceland. Here, you’ll find kelp forests, colourful algae, soft orange corals, and various marine species.
Kleifarvatn Lake is located in the middle of a volcanic terrain. That means the whole area, including the lake, is geothermally active. On a dive at Kleifarvatn, you’ll visit bubbling, underwater hot springs which are just a 100 metres from the shores.
Frequently asked questions
Yes. It is essential that you know how to swim and be comfortable in water.
You will be provided with a dry suit for your tour. These will keep you warm and floating in the water.
Yes. The minimum age for a snorkelling tour is 12 years, and a parent or adult guardian must accompany participants under the age of 18. For diving tours, the minimum age is 17, and a legal guardian’s signature is required for those under 18. The minimum age is not negotiable. Other health requirements include not being pregnant, being a minimum 150cm and maximum 200cm, being a minimum 45kg and maximum 120kg, being comfortable in water and constricting clothes, being physically fit, and being able to communicate in English. You can find more information under the “Good to Know” section for each tour.
Yes, you can snorkel and scuba dive in Silfra in the winter. This is Iceland, and so the water is going to be cold. Your drysuit will keep you warm, but you should still expect to get a little cold during your tour in both winter and summer.
Yes. To book a Diving Tour, you need to be a certified diver at the level of PADI Open Water or equivalent. Furthermore, you will need to have a dry suit diving certification or proof of a minimum of ten dry suit dives within the last year signed by an instructor.