The Diamond Circle

Namafjall by Bruce McAdamThe Diamond Circle is an extraordinary circuit around one of the most scenic landscapes in Northeast Iceland.

From Húsavík, the whale watching capital of Europe,  head east, across to the Vatnajökull National Park. Here you will find the canyon of Ásbyrgi, with its echoing rocks at Hljóðaklettar and the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss.

From Dettifoss the road leads west to Lake Mývatn with its unique range of geological hotspots to explore and birdlife of world renown.

Finally, from Mývatn the road leads back to Húsavík through the countryside. Making a slight detour here, you can visit Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods.

These places are the main diamonds but along the road are numerous other smaller diamonds including Æðarfossar waterfall, Krafla and the turf houses in Grenjaðarstaður to mention but a few.

One could easily spend an entire week visiting all the different sights there are on offer within the circle. Together they form a microcosm of all that is wonderful about Iceland.

 

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Photo by Bruce McAdam


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