Snorkel Tour with Scuba Iceland


Iceland is full of surprises.

It seems in every direction you point to leads to something different! However, some paths are beaten and some paths are reserved for the true adventurer. If you dare, go snorkeling in the arctic waters of Silfra, the crack separating the North American and European continents.

It might sound really extreme and very cold, but we promise it will be worth it. After all, where else can you swim between two continents?

Snorkel tour silfra iceland

Scuba Iceland is the perfect option to take this tour.

They’ll pick you up right at the front door, and drive you to Þingvellir National Park where you’ll be diving with a small group. Before that, you will receive an introduction to the Continental plates and the nature in the park. Afterwards, the group will be driven down to Silfra to start preparing for the water.

You will learn how to wear the dry suit and use all of the equipment, and don’t worry about getting wet: this kind of suit will protect you from the water… well, almost all the way. There is a chance that you will get a little wet. We must say, suiting up is not the most comfortable part of the tour, but at least it will be funny.

Snorkel tour silfra iceland

If you’re concerned about being a swimmer or not, don’t be. You don’t need to be a professional as the dry suit will keep you floating from the moment you jump into the water.

All your worries will disappear once you’re in the water. The views are even better than the photos. It will look like a science fiction movie. You won’t believe how marvelous this world can be. The water is totally clear, so you can appreciate the plates in all of their glory and all of the nature in the deep.

Snorkel tour silfra iceland

You will be swimming and soaking in the water for approximately 25 minutes. If you decide to take this tour, book with Scuba Iceland, as they are amazing with the group. You will always feel safe.

Will you get cold? Of course you will, especially your hands and face.

Is it worth it, though? Totally! You MUST do it.

A good piece of advice for taking the tour? Wear really warm socks.

Snorkel tour silfra iceland

Take part in this unique experience that we’re sure you’ll not regret.

Book now with Scuba Iceland.


Whale Watching with Elding

One of the most amazing things about Iceland is the marine life, and by this, we’re really talking about the whales. If you’re walking through the Old Harbor, why not stop and go on a whale watching tour?

We recommend the classic whale watching tour with Elding.


You’ll search for 2 hours to see these rare animals in their natural environment. Traveling by boat is a part of the wonder of this tour, as the view is stunning and the sensation of the waves is very special.

Oh yeah, and we too our 6 year old McDonalds burger with us sightseeing as Reykjavik was just stunning that day. Don’t worry, he was safely inside when we were out on the water.


Once you are on the boat, you will notice the tour staff has a vast knowledge of the whales and other sea life. You will learn about the nature in the ocean in addition to other facts about Iceland.

While you are searching for the whales it might get really cold and windy, but don’t worry: Elding will offer you one of their special jumpers to keep you warm.


Seeing any kind of whale or dolphin will be really exciting. Everyone will start taking pictures, but a secret tip is to simply just enjoy. Once they start to show up you will be captivated by their presence. Be present with it! Try to really take in what you are seeing. They can disappear very quickly so it is best to appreciate them first hand, rather than later when you are looking at your pictures.


If you feel sick, don’t worry about telling someone in the staff. They will help you immediately.

You should know that it is not always certain that you will see these magnificent sea animals, as their nature is just wild. Sometimes it becomes difficult due to the seasons of the sea and environment factors. Regardless, it will be a really cool experience.



We present the Bus Hostel Reykjavik Arrival Guide. We get a lot of the same questions so we decided to combine all the answers for you in one place. Voila.

Bus Hostel Reykjavik in summer


Bus Hostel is always open!
Check in is at 15.00 / 3PM and check out is at 10.00AM.

We can not promise early check in although we will do our best to check you in as soon as possible.
You can of course use our luggage room to go explore Reykjavik while you wait. If your flight is very early we recommend you book the night before also.

Remember! Our dorms include duvet. We can also rent out towels for a one-time fee of 500 ISK.

We have one small kitchen for our guests to use.

Each floor of the hostel provides many, generously sized private restrooms and showers.

We can store your luggage as long as you’re a guest with us! You can also use our lockers to keep your stuff safe while you are out enjoying Iceland, just remember to bring your own lock or you can buy one from us.


After a long day of exploring the city or trekking through the Icelandic countryside, come and unwind in our cozy, atmospheric common room. Here, guests can grab a drink or some snacks from the bar, strum out a tune on the guitar.

Our Happy Hour is from 5-9pm every day.

We offer a breakfast buffet (condinental  breakfast) for 1500 ISK. It is available from 7:30-10:30 am.


Taking the Airport Direct is the best option. You can buy tickets in advance on our Tours and Transport page or in the arrivals hall of the airport. If you decide to buy the ticket at the airport make sure not to buy the ticket with drop off cause our hostel is in the main bust terminal, the bus runs according to flight schedules, so you’ll always be able to catch one.

There is plenty of free parking for our guests at the Bus Hostel Reykjavik. When checking in to the hostel ask the reception where you should park the car.


We’re tucked into the corner of a residential area not too far from the city center. It’s only a fifteen minute walk up to Hallgrimskirkja or to Laugavegur. In the nearby area, we’re close to BSÍ bus terminal, Klambratún park, Nauthólsvík beach, Perlan, and Kringlan shopping mall.

Our hostel is in a bus terminal called Reykjavik Terminal. For those who are planning of taking exscursions to see other parts of Iceland are in luck cause you don’t need to be ready half an hour before as you would need if staying in a different location. You can have breakfast and relax before the trip starts. The last stop is always our location.

On the below map you can see what is near to the Bus as well as basic information such as the nearest supermarket, ATM and money exchange. Some further information can be found in the below FAQ.

Location map Near Bus Hostel Reykjavik

Getting around Reykjavik

Bus Hostel Reykjavik is on a bus route to all directions.BSI is within walking distance. Don‘t forget – we do lend you a bike for shorter errands (only during summer)!

Where is the nearest supermarket?

The closest shop is Sunnubúð. It’s a small market which closes a bit later in the neighborhood. It’s just a few minutes away from us.

The closest full sized grocery store is Bónus, and there’s one in the shopping mall Kringlan, and on Laugavegur.

We also have vending machines with beverage, yogurt, muffins, fresh sandwiches and other snacks.

Where can I exchange my money?

You can exchange your money in the airport, but if you don’t manage to, then there are several banks downtown where you can exchange your money as well as in the Kringlan mall. The banks are generally open between 10:00 and 16:00 on weekdays only. The Tourist information Center on Aðalstræti has longer opening hours and can exchange money.

Where’s the domestic airport?

We’re close by, but the entrance you need depends on where you’re flying to! If you’re flying with Air Iceland to Isafjordur, Akureyri, Egilsstadir or Greenland; with Atlantic Airways to the Faroe Islands; or with Air Arctic to Saudarkrokur, the entrance is by the University of Iceland. You can take bus 15 or a taxi there. Otherwise, it’s about 30-35 minute walk.

If you’re taking Eagle Air to Bildudalur, Gjogur, Husavik, Hofn and the Vestman Islands, then you can take bus 5 or walk as we’re only about ten minutes from this entrance.

Which swimming pools are there in the neighbourhood?

The closest one is Sundhöllin on Barónsstígur, just up the road behind Hallgrímskirkja. It has an inside swimming pool and outside hot tubs and small sauna. The hot tubs are nice in the evening.

Vesturbæjarlaugin is quite a bit further in the west of town but it is an outside pool, bigger, and has a fitness center. It could be combined with a trip downtown, especially if the customers are driving. It’s on Hofsvallagata.

Laugardalslaug swimming pool is by far the biggest pool and very popular with the locals. It has inside and outside pools, large and small waterslides, lots of hot tubs and fitness center. Take bus number 14 on Snorrabraut, go to the right out the door and over the bridge over Hringbraut, straight ahead at the right side of the road until you reach the bus stop.


If you plan to travel outside of the comfortable Reykjavik bubble we reccommend checking out the following sites. is an excellent source of information on how to stay safe in Iceland. Check this site out. There are a lot of dangers in Iceland. For real!

The Icelandic Met Office has weather station forecasts for the whole country.

They also have an Aurora forecast so if you plan to hunt the Northern lights, this is the place to start.

Finally, you can check real time info on road conditions at the awesome site. Very useful if you have your own rental car (especially in winter, spring, fall and summer). Speaking of driving rental cars, our buddies at SADcars car rental have written a lot of blogs on that subject.

We are happy to answer any and all questions you might have.
We look forward to seeing you at Bus Hostel!
The Bus drivers.