Discover Amazing Destinations on the Diamond Circle Tour in North Iceland!
Iceland offers countless destinations filled with natural beauty. But, with little time in hand, it is quite impossible to cover all the spots. When in North Iceland, the Diamond Circle offers all the best attractions to explore. So, we have curated an interesting Diamond Circle tour for you – pickup available from Akureyri or Lake Myvatn in North Iceland. In this tour, we will let you explore the renowned spots in the company of a local guide to make the trip more interesting. Read more to get a brief of the spots we are going to discover.
The trip will begin with a drive along the longest fjord of Iceland, Eyjafjordur up to Goðafoss waterfall. The first stop is the mighty Goðafoss waterfalls, also famous as the ‘Waterfall of Gods.’ This place is one of Iceland’s pearls due to its strong gushing waters cascading along the rocks with a roaring sound – a truly heaven-like experience. Goðafoss waterfall is fed by the Skjálfandafljót river and it holds a mystic tale behind its name. Legends say that it is known as the waterfall of Gods due to its God-like structure.
Proceeding to the next stop, Lake Myvatn, a lake formed because of a basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago. This area is enriched with flora and fauna and unbelievably amazing sights. We will stop here to pick up passengers that are joining us from this location. We will have enough time to explore and take some photos of the beautiful lake and surrounding areas.
Dettifoss Waterfall & Selfoss waterfall
After visiting Lake Myvatn we move on to the next powerful waterfall, Dettifoss Waterfall, which is the most powerful waterfall in entire Europe. The thunderous water from the Dettifoss falls into Jökulsárgljúfur canyon at a height of 150 feet. One of the true wonders of Iceland, this waterfall is a must-visit place during Diamond circle tours. Within the canyon, you will be treated with another waterfall, Selfoss, whose height may be less, but its width is approximately 100 meters. If you get too close to the waterfall, you will probably get wet and also one must take caution near the waterfall as the rocks are slippery.
Vatnajokull National Park
When traveling in the area, you are actually traveling in Vatnajokull National Park. This Park covers a massive area of 5,460 square miles, making it the 2nd largest park in Europe. Vatnajokull National Park was established in the year 2008 and since then it has attracted tourists from all over the world. This national park is also home to the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. When traveling in the National Park you will get to see the Jokulsargljufur Canyon and river that has been carved out of the Vatnajokull glacier due to the floods.
Here comes a fun and less visited place, Hljodaklettar Echo Cliffs, also named as ‘The Whispering Cliffs.’ Hljodaklettar is a bunch of crater plugs, formed due to the remains of old volcanoes. They have different basaltic columns, which are a wondrous sight to see. The cliffs will offer you numerous patterns – honeycombs, spirals, swirls, and much more. The name of the cliffs is derived from the strange sound that the caves and rock formations create.
Asbyrgi Canyon is another amazing place to admire. It is one of the most unique places in Iceland and so different from all the other attractions that you will see on your trip. This horseshoe-shaped depression started to form after the Ice Age, ten million years ago. Icelandic folklore states that the shape of this canyon is because of Odin’s 8-legged steed, Sleipnir, which placed his feet on the ground leaving a huge imprint behind. We will walk around the Canyon for some amazing views. As we continue our tour, we will stop by the Tjornes Peninsula Cliffs, a place that welcomes during the summer season.
GeoSea sea baths in Húsavík
A special add-on to make this trip more amazing is GeoSea sea baths in Husavik. This is an amazing infinity pool filled with mineral-rich water beneficial for the skin. Take a bath, relax, and enjoy a stunning view of Skjalfandi. Húsavík village is famous for its beautiful small boat harbor and being the Whale Watching capital of Iceland.
- Pick up in Akureyri or Myvatn
- Guided tour to the Diamond Circle.
What to bring
- Dress according to weather
- Warm clothes
- Water bottle & snacks
- Packed lunch – if you don’t want to buy food on the tour
- Good shoes
- Swim suit and towel for GeoSea bath (can also be rented)
Good to know
- We will make stops to purchase lunch and snacks. If you don’t want to buy food on the tour we recommend that you bring packed lunch.
- Age limit for this tour is 3 years.
- Two passengers are minimum for this tour.
- You can choose between a pick up in Akureyri or Myvatn.
- It is not possible to get a pick up in Reykjavik for this tour – the driving distance between Akureyri and Reykjavik is approximately 4,5 hours.
- Tickets to GeoSea is not included in the tour – can be purchased additionally.
- Food and drink is not included in the tour.