Experience the wonders of the Diamond Circle in North Iceland, a scenic driving route showcasing the region’s top natural attractions. Join our Diamond Circle Tour from Akureyri and explore the absolute highlights of North Iceland. Starting from Akureyri, the vibrant northern capital, embark on a sightseeing adventure encompassing roaring waterfalls, picturesque fishing villages, unique geological formations, dramatic cliffs, and rejuvenating geothermal hot springs. Marvel at the awe-inspiring power of Dettifoss waterfall, immerse yourself in the otherworldly landscapes of Lake Mývatn, witness the majestic cliffs of Ásbýrgi Canyon, and visit the charming seaside village of Húsavík. Our knowledgeable local guide will enlighten you with captivating stories of local folklore, fascinating geology, and much more. Discover the best of North Iceland on this exceptional sightseeing tour.
- Pick up and drop off at your cruise ship in Akureyri
- Free Wi-Fi on board the vehicle
- Local guide
- Lunch packs with chicken / vegan sandwich, chocolate bar and juice
What to bring
- Waterproof coat
- Comfortable shoes
- Snacks & water
Good to know
- It is possible to be dropped off at the Forest Lagoon in Akureyri. If you want to be dropped off at Forest Lagoon, just let your guide know during the day. You will have to make your own way into Akureyri afterward if you decide to do this.
- Tickets to the Forest Lagoon are not included and have to be purchased in advance.
- Food and drink is not included on the tour.
- The tour start time and duration has been tailored to your cruise ship times.
- This tour is guided in English.
- The tour can be cancelled for a full refund up to 24 hours in advance. No refunds are available after that.
Start your day with convenient pickup from the cruise ship terminal in Akureyri. Once everyone is comfortably onboard, get ready for an exhilarating adventure as we embark on a journey to discover the captivating highlights of North Iceland and the renowned Diamond Circle.
- Akureyri port
- Myvatn Lookout
- Goðafoss waterfall
Húsavík, a delightful village in North Iceland, thrives around its picturesque harbor. While fishing plays a vital role in the local economy, Húsavík is widely renowned as Iceland’s premier destination for captivating whale-watching boat tours.
At the heart of the town stands the striking church, widely regarded as one of Iceland’s most exquisite architectural gems.
Húsavík has gained significant attention in recent years thanks to its prominent appearance in the Netflix film “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga,” starring Will Ferrell. The movie also features the Oscar-nominated song titled “Húsavík,” further propelling the village into the global spotlight.
Tjörnes Cliff viewpoint
Located on the Tjörnes peninsula, north of Húsavík, Hringsbjarg is a magnificent cliff towering at a height of 60 meters. From the Tjörnes viewing platform perched atop this cliff, you can indulge in breathtaking panoramic vistas of the sea and Öxarfjörður fjord. Keep a lookout for the charming puffins, as they nest along our shores during the summer season. These beloved birds have become a cherished symbol of Iceland worldwide.
Ásbyrgi Canyon, a captivating horseshoe-shaped valley, awaits us as our next destination on the Diamond Circle tour. This remarkable depression spans 1km in width and 4km in length, embraced by towering vertical cliffs that encircle a serene forest and picturesque pond. The sheer magnitude of these cliffs, reaching heights of up to 100 meters, is truly awe-inspiring. Within the crevices and crannies of these rocky walls, numerous bird species find their nesting grounds.
According to folklore, the distinct shape of this canyon was attributed to the mighty Sleipnir, the legendary eight-legged horse of Norse god Odin, leaving its mark on the landscape with a powerful hoofprint.
While geologists offer alternative explanations, suggesting that Ásbyrgi Canyon was formed by colossal glacier flooding from the Jökulsá á fjöllum river—the same river that boasts the mighty Dettifoss waterfall.
Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, is a majestic sight to behold. With an average flow of 193 cubic meters per second, it plunges down a 44-meter precipice, creating a thunderous symphony of raw power. The combination of its tremendous water volume and sheer drop has earned Dettifoss the reputation of being the most powerful waterfall in Europe.
Forming part of the Jökulsá á fjöllum river, Dettifoss receives contributions from various rivers in northern Iceland and the meltwater of the Vatnajökull glacier. Here, at Dettifoss, the culmination of this impressive water volume occurs, offering a humbling display of nature’s elemental might.
Námaskarð geothermal area
The mesmerizing landscapes of Mývatn owe much to ancient volcanic eruptions. However, at Namaskard, also known as Hverir, you can witness the ongoing impact of geothermal activity.
Namaskard is famous for its strikingly colored rocks and ground, a result of the abundant minerals released by the underground seismic activity in the region. Take in the sights and scents of this unique area, where boiling mud pots, hot springs, and the aroma of sulphuric steam create an unforgettable atmosphere.
Lake Myvatn view
As we continue our journey, we pass by the iconic Lake Mývatn, renowned for its breathtaking beauty and unique surroundings. Our next stop takes us to a magnificent viewpoint overlooking the lake, offering a spectacular panorama of the area. From here, we admire the enchanting sight of the Skútusstaðir craters, scattered along the lake’s shore and even on a small island within the lake itself.
Our last destination is the breathtaking Goðafoss waterfall, an enchanting spectacle standing at a height of 12 meters and stretching 30 meters wide. Its unmatched beauty sets it apart from other waterfalls in Iceland, offering multiple viewpoints along the walking trails to fully immerse yourself in its elemental allure.
Goðafoss, meaning “Waterfall of the Gods” in Icelandic, holds great significance in Icelandic culture and history. Legend has it that over a thousand years ago, an influential chieftain made the monumental decision to abandon the old gods and embrace Christianity, symbolized by casting his pagan idols into these waters. Goðafoss thus represents the pivotal moment of Christianization in Iceland’s history.
Optional drop off at Forest Lagoon
Experience the newest gem in Iceland’s luxury thermal spa scene, Forest Lagoon. Nestled within one of the rare forests of North Iceland, this tranquil haven offers a rejuvenating escape with its healing geothermal waters. Surrounded by scenic vistas of the fjord and Akureyri town, it provides the perfect conclusion to your day’s adventure in North Iceland.
To visit the lagoon, simply book your entrance ticket for 8 hours after the tour start time. You can easily reserve your tickets HERE. No need to worry about packing a towel or swimsuit, as rentals are available on-site.
If you opt to include this stop in your itinerary, your drop-off will be at the Forest Lagoon. Getting back to Akureyri and the cruise terminal is a breeze with a short taxi ride, which the lagoon staff will be glad to arrange for you.