A Diamond in the Rough North…

The Diamond Circle Classic tour is our favorite day tour. It takes you on an unforgettable journey through Iceland’s most catastrophic and diverse area, rich in volcanic and geothermal features. The stunning beauty of Lake Mývatn has been the main attraction in the north for decades and east of the lake we enter the highlands arriving to Jökulsá Glacier River in Vatnajökull National Park. The breathtaking landscape of Jökulsá is formed by massive glacier floods from Vatnajökull, Iceland’s biggest glacier.

The canyons and rock formations visited in the Diamond Circle tour are impressive on their own but the iconic Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, is nothing short of majestic. The tour takes us north to the Arctic Coastline where we explore the canyon formation Ásbyrgi and drive along the coastline to the beautiful fishing village of Húsavík.

Diamond Circle offers the best Iceland has to offer. Powerful waterfalls, stunning nature, active geothermal areas, and vivid birdlife. Sit back and enjoy our expert local guidance through this magical and rough terrain.

From June to the middle of August, we stop at Tjörnes Peninsula where we can observe puffins nesting in the impressive cliffs by the coastline.


Tour description

Pickup is from 7:45-8:00 am, and we start our tour in the North.

We drive east from Akureyri, cross Eyjafjörður fjord and enjoy the view of the town, the ocean and the mountains surrounding the fjord. After only a half hour drive we arrive at the picturesque Goðafoss Waterfall where we stop before we travel for another half hour to the Lake Mývatn area. Before heading into the highlands we have a short break at a local restaurant or a grocery store at the lake.

From Lake Myvatn we head up to the highlands where we explore the dramatic and captivating landscape formed by glacier floods and Jökulsá Glacier River. At one of our stops in this area, we sit down and enjoy a picnic in beautiful surroundings.

After a scenic drive along the Arctic coastline we stop in the fishing village of Húsavík where we can try the new GeoSea Geothermal sea baths or for those who don´t want to try the baths can spend time in the lovely town, visit the Whale Museum or just enjoy one of the nice cafe´s in town.   After this last stop, we will head back to Akureyri.



Tour details


June 15th – October 15th



Departure time

Please be ready at 07:45
Pickup time is 07:45-08:00


10 – 11 Hours


What´s included

  • Godafoss Waterfall
  • Lake Myvatn area (Short Photo Stops)
  • Mt. Namafjall & Hverir Mud Pits
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Hljodaklettar Echo Cliffs
  • Asbyrgi Canyon
  • Tjornes Cliffs
  • Jokulsargljufur Canyon
  • Puffins (in springtime)
  • Husavik Village
  • GeoSea Geothermal Sea Baths
Terms and conditions


  • Reservation is necessary
  • During the tour, we break for refreshments at a café. The stop is quite late on the tour and we, therefore, recommend a pre-packed lunch
  • Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have to alter the itinerary, have longer journey time or cancel the tour
  • Meeting point: Free pick-up at Akureyri hotels, guesthouses, port & airport

    Minimum on tour: 2 adults or minimum rate

    We recommend you bring

    • Good walking shoes
    • Warm clothing
    • Water bottle
    • Pre-packed lunch
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