Review: Snorkel Silfra with Gray Line Iceland
Location: Snorkel Silfra with Gray Line Iceland in Þingvellir National Park
Date: April 2016
Cost: 199 Euros each
Gray Line are a tour company based in Iceland. They offer many different tours around Iceland, including the famous Golden Circle. We randomly came across a post about snorkelling between the two tectonic plates in Iceland and became mesmerized by the idea. We were gutted we couldn’t dive it but we were’nt going to be PADI certified for another 2 weeks. That is an option if you already have your diving licence though!
We were picked up at the hotel and dropped at a bus station in town until a bus full of others going to the same place turned up. We were the youngest and most European of people there, except the bus driver who was Greek. The rest of our bus-mates were older Americans. They were all super nice though.
To snorkel Silfra with Gray Line Iceland you are taken on a bus from the city to Þingvellir National Park. It took roughly an hour and we drove through gorgeous scenery to get there. There was a small cafe and shop near the location that you stop at before and after to warm up.
There were a range of instructors. There were both male and female. We met a lovely Icelandic woman whose boyfriend was actually Scottish so she understood us well and knew the area that we were from! Most of the instructors didn’t talk much. They got on with their jobs and were very to-the-point.
I found that our driver was more open and willing to explain things to us.
My favourite part
I loved this experience. So far it is by far the coolest and most exciting thing I have ever done. The views were crystal clear, you could see so far down into the water. I cannot even explain it. We weren’t skilled enough to take our GoPro so I’m attaching someone elses movie of the experience below so you can get an idea of how beautiful it is.
My least favourite part
I am from Scotland so I can handle the cold, but the cold I felt this day was off the scale. I have never felt so cold and uncomfortable in my life. Dry suits are pretty tight and actually kind of hurt. They leave some parts of you exposed to the elements and in that time between getting fully dressed into your gear and getting into the water you kind of regret your decision really hard.