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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? Do 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 northeast 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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Celebrate the good life at Hvammsvík Hot Springs

One of Iceland’s most precious resources is its geothermal water. In many places, it either bubbles out of the ground or is accessible by drilling a hole. This is amazing for our country. We can heat most of our houses with hot water, greatly enriching…

Dating in Iceland: A unique blend of tradition and modernity

In a world where dating landscapes vary dramatically from one country to another, Iceland stands out with its distinctive approach to romance and relationships. Known for its breathtaking landscapes and liberal society, Iceland offers a unique experience for those navigating the dating scene. Unlike many…

Advice on how to have the best road trip in Iceland

My latest partner, KONVIN Car Rental, stands out with its new car offering, emphasis on cleanliness, and excellent service.  From compact hybrids to rugged camper vans, their vehicles ensure that every traveler finds the perfect match for the best road trip in Iceland. The Managing…

Whale Watching Akureyri brings you close to the giants of the sea

Few people can claim more experience in the Icelandic travel industry than Sara Sigmundsdóttir. As a teenager, she started working in the family business, the whale-watching company Elding. Fast-forward to today, Sara is running Elding’s sister company, Whale Watching Akureyri, and has a captain’s license. It…

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. Take a stroll in nature’s sculpture at Dimmuborgir. You should also soak 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!

Hljóðaklettar – Echo Rocks

No this is not a defunct eighties band. Hljóðaklettar is an area with beautiful 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.