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Why explore the Diamond Circle in the North East of Iceland?

Have you been on the wonderful Golden Circle? Seen all the epic sites on the South Coast of Iceland? You want to impress your friends with pictures and stories from one of the lesser known but perhaps the most stunning places in Iceland? Well, then the Diamond Circle route in the north east of Iceland might just be for you. Browse our huge collection of travel stories and articles about the beautiful places on the Diamond Circle.

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Rent a car to explore the Diamond Circle on your own terms

I would recommend renting a car and take plenty of time. There is just so much to see and explore.

Read the Diamond Circle road trip plan and find affordable hotels

I have created a full Diamond Circle road trip plan for you, complete with booking widgets for affordable accommodation along the way.

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Ásbyrgi is the oasis of the north – Odin’s steed created a natural wonder

Imagine a place which is so strange the only explanation people had for its creation is to attribute it to…

Hiking Hljóðaklettar – see this Icelandic wonder of nature

The second day of my hike in the Jökulsárgljúfur national park got an early start (read about the first day…

Hiking Jökulsárgljúfur National Park – Icelandic feast for the senses

Jökulsárgljúfur is one of the most impressive areas in Iceland. It is in the northeastern part of the country. Its…

GeoSea baths in Húsavík – best chill on the Diamond Circle

As said here before it could be argued that geothermally heated water is the best thing about Iceland. It gives…

Slacklining Above Dettifoss waterfall is Just Insane!

Would you ever dream of going slacklining above Dettifoss waterfall? Most people are quite happy experiencing the beautiful waterfalls of…

Goðafoss Waterfall – Visit the Waterfall of the Gods

The people who use Stuck in Iceland for their planning for their Iceland seem to be super interested in waterfalls….

The Awesome Lake Myvatn Nature Baths – Soak and Relax!

I get a lot of flak from my wife that I work much too hard. She is right of course….

Pioneering Eco Friendly Whale Watching in Iceland

Whale watching is tremendously popular activity for people visiting Iceland. And no wonder, the seas around Iceland are teeming with…

The Hidden Pathway at Lake Myvatn – Find this Haven of Solitude

We want to tell you about a special place located at Lake Myvatn which is one of most popular and…

Dettifoss Waterfall – Pay Your Respect to the King of Icelandic Waterfalls

Dettifoss waterfall is the most impressive waterfall in Iceland. Get on the Diamond Circle and pay your respects to the…

Attractions on the Diamond Circle

The attractions along the way include the following:

Goðafoss waterfall in Iceland in winter.
Goðafoss waterfall in Iceland in winter.

Goðafoss – The Waterfall of the Gods

Did a Viking Chieftain throw his pagan gods in the waterfall? We will never know but that legend gives the waterfall it name.

Lake Mývatn – The Beauty of the Diamond Circle

A huge bird sanctuary and the site of immense natural beauty. You should also soak the the local nature baths.

Hail to the King! Dettifoss Waterfall in north eastern Iceland.
Hail to the King! Dettifoss Waterfall in north eastern Iceland.

Dettifoss – The Beast of the Diamond Circle

The most powerful waterfall in Europe thunders away. Don´t miss it!

Echo Rocks

No this is not a defunct eighties band but an area with incredible rock formations.

Ásbyrgi canyon lies in the north of Iceland, about two hours' drive to the east from Akureyri. The horseshoe-shaped depression is part of the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and measures approximately 3.5 km in length and 1.1 km across. For more than half of its length, the canyon is divided through the middle by a distinctive rock formation 25 meters high called Eyjan (
Ásbyrgi canyon lies in the north of Iceland, about two hours’ drive to the east from Akureyri. The horseshoe-shaped depression is part of the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and measures approximately 3.5 km in length and 1.1 km across. For more than half of its length, the canyon is divided through the middle by a distinctive rock formation 25 meters high called Eyjan (“the Island”), from which hikers may enjoy spectacular views.

Ásbyrgi – the shelter of the gods

This is the place where Sleipnir, the horse of the Norse god Óðinn stepped down and left a huge hoofmark. True story.

Tjörnes – puffins and fossils bonanza

On this peninsula there are nesting grounds for puffins and layers of ancient fossils.

Sunset at GeoSea Baths in Húsavík.
Sunset at GeoSea Baths in Húsavík.

Húsavík town

The wonderful town of Húsavík has some of the best whale watching in Iceland and the newly opened GeoSea baths.