Your adventure begins with the snorkeling tour of Silfra. Silfra, the famous fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, provides an underwater experience unlike anywhere else on earth. Floating in the crystal clear glacial water will give you the sensation of flying as you pass through an expansive canyon created by the slow separation of the tectonic plates. You will be provided with a dry suit and an undergarment to keep you dry and warm while in the near-freezing water. We recommend that you wear thermal long-underwear and wool socks for additional warmth. Make sure to drink some of the Silfra water while you are snorkeling! Who knows when you will be able to drink water so pure again. After your 30-40 minute snorkeling session in Silfra, you can explore the Thingvellir area as you wish.
Your northern lights hunt will begin later in the evening when you make your way the 20 minute drive from Reykjavík to Aurora Basecamp. Aurora Basecamp is a brand new Northern Lights Observatory where you will get tips on how to spot the lights, how to hunt for them in your rental car, how to take photos of them on your camera and much more, making it a perfect starting point for your Northern Lights hunt in Iceland. At Aurora Basecamp you will also experience a unique indoor simulation of the Northern Lights.
Also known as aurora borealis, northern lights are caused by the effect of solar flares on Earth's athmosphere. They appear in many forms and colors, ranging from green and white to pink and purple. Sometimes they appear as a dancing streak across the sky. At other times, they'll appear as lasers shooting down from outer space. As the possibility of viewing the northern lights depends on both solar activity and weather conditions here on Earth, it is not possible to guarantee the northern lights. However, the simulation in the Dark Park at Aurora Basecamp allows you to see a simulation so real that you will not be disappointed if you are not able to catch the real lights.