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Tour Operator: DIVE.IS 6 hours Travel method:   Self-Drive Region / Starts from: North
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Húsavík Whale watching & Bubbling Sands Snorkeling Combo

On this tour, you will go whale watching in Húsavík and snorkel in the Spring Lagoon. Both locations are on the Diamond Circle. This is a selfdrive tour so you will check in with North Sailing in the town of Húsavík and then meet your guide at the Spring Lagoon.

The Whale Watching tour

You will join the Original Whale Watching tour in the town of Húsavík, which has sometimes been called the whale watching capital of the world. The whale watching tour is approx. 3 hours during which you will sail out on Skjálfandi bay in search of some whales. 

The Snorkeling tour

Litlaá, meaning "Little River," is located near the northern coast of Iceland, just south of the Arctic Circle. This is an unusual spot to find warm water, but thanks to a nearby geothermal active area, we get to enjoy snorkeling in water with a temperature of about 20°C, allowing us to explore its different parts in a very relaxed way.

The tour takes place in a lagoon called Brunnar, meaning "Wells." The water in this lagoon comes from two sources: hot water from a geothermal area nearby and freshwater from wells on the bottom of the lagoon. The lake's floor is full of mesmerizing dancing sands; it looks like something from a different planet. Some act like underwater eruptions, while others resemble underwater beaches. The cold water erupting from the bottom causes these beautiful designs described as the "Bubbling Sands" that you must see with your own eyes.

Because of the warm water temperature, we also find fields of strange green algae, plants, multicolored sediments, and a countless number of snails.

In the shallow rocky area at the edges of the lagoon, we find countless numbers of sticklebacks traveling around in large groups. The majestic Brown Trout eats sticklebacks and is sometimes spotted by snorkelers.

Before we end the tour, we will do a short river float before we get out. A bit below our exit point, the water mixes with Litlaá river, coming from Skjálftavatn lake. Where the two rivers meet is a very popular fishing spot with big Brown trouts, Sea trouts, Arctic char, and sometimes Arctic salmon.

This snorkeling spot is located right on the Diamond Circle, just about 30 minutes from the whale-watching town of Húsavík and a short distance from Ásbyrgi canyon, making this the perfect Diamond Circle self-drive tour. Other destinations on the Diamond Circle include Goðafoss (waterfall of the Gods), the infamous Dettifoss waterfall, and the beautiful Lake Mývatn.

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12 Minimum age: 12 years
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999 days-1 day - 10% of total reservation value
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What is included
  • Guided snorkeling trip in Litlaá river
  • All necessary snorkeling equipment including a dry suit and a warm undersuit
  • Hot chocolate and cookies after the snorkeling trip
  • Guided whale watching tour 
  • All necessary whale watching equipment
Important information
  • long underwear
  • thick socks
  • suitable clothes for the weather of the day
  • if you wear glasses, please bring contact lenses or your own prescription mask if you have one

Participants must:

  • have read, signed, and followed directions on the Snorkeling Silfra Medical Statement
  • sign our liability release form at the start of the tour
  • be between 150cm and 200cm in height
  • be between 45kg and 120kg in weight
  • fit within our dry suit size chart
  • be minimum 12 years of age on the year
  • be comfortable in the water and be able to swim
  • be physically fit
  • be ready to wear a sometimes tight and constricting dry suit
  • be able to communicate in English or have a translator available at all times during the tour
  • not be pregnant

Please note

Participants are not allowed on tour without signing the Snorkeling Silfra Medical Statement and, if necessary, a physician’s approval which can be found on the second page of the Medical Statement document. Please read the Snorkeling Silfra Medical Statement prior to booking to make sure that you are eligible for the tour. Each participant must sign our liability release form at the start of the tour.