Captivating 8-Hour Diamond Circle Shore Excursion from Akureyri

Husavik is a charming North Iceland town with a pretty harbor front and church, and the hills as its backdrop.
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Akureyri, Iceland
8 hours
June. - Sept.
Minimum age
6 years old


Explore North Iceland’s best natural attractions on this eight-hour shore excursion of the Diamond Circle driving route with optional hot spring bathing. Cruise passengers keen to maximize their time in Iceland and see majestic waterfalls, charming villages, and otherworldly geothermal landscapes should book this tour now.

Your excursion begins with a pick-up from Akureyri’s cruise ship terminal. You’ll greet your friendly guide and meet the rest of the group before heading off to discover North Iceland’s dazzling natural wonders. 

First up is Godafoss waterfall, the Waterfall of the Gods. Legend says that when Iceland converted to Christianity, the chieftain of the time threw his models of the old Norse Gods into the waterfall. From that day on, it became known as Godafoss.

Not only is this waterfall steeped in Icelandic folklore, but it’s stunningly beautiful. These 39-foot (12-meter) high falls span an impressive 98 feet (30 meters) in a semi-circle. You’ll have the chance to appreciate the waterfall’s magnificent beauty and capture plenty of photos for lasting memories.

The second stop on the excursion is Asbyrgi Canyon, a gorgeous valley surrounded by towering cliffs. Here you can marvel at the contrast of the lush green forest against the rocky terrain rising around it, a sight to behold.

Your third Diamond Circle attraction is the breathtaking Dettifoss waterfall. It boasts an astounding volume of water that earns it the title of the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

Next, your driver will take you to the delightful fishing village of Husavik. It’s known for its excellent whale-watching tours, even more than fishing. Here you can enjoy the picturesque harbor scene of boats floating on the calm waters, colorful buildings lining the shore, and the beautiful village church and hills in the background.

Not far from Husavik, your group will witness superb vistas from the Tjornes viewing platform at the Hringsbjarg cliff. Breathe in the fresh air as you look at the vast ocean stretched before you, and keep your eye out for nesting puffins.

The fascinating landscapes continue when you visit the Namaskard geothermal area near Lake Myvatn. Also called the Hverir geothermal area, the colorful, steaming terrain has an unmistakable sulfur smell, creating a sensory experience like no other.

The tour’s final official stop is at a viewpoint over Lake Myvatn. It’s a fantastic spot to take gorgeous photos of yet another of Iceland’s spectacular landscapes before returning to Akureyri.

If you have the time and inclination, this tour also offers a drop-off at the tranquil Forest Lagoon luxury spa. It has an idyllic setting amid the forest with views of the Eyjafjordur fjord and Akureyri.

Those who wish to bathe in the pools should book their spa tickets in advance, eight hours after the excursion’s start time. The tour does not include a transfer from the Forest Lagoon to Akureyri, but it’s just a short taxi ride to the ferry terminal, which the Forest Lagoon staff can arrange.

If you’re skipping the Forest Lagoon, the driver will drop you back at Akureyri’s cruise terminal, where the tour finishes.

Don’t miss the chance to discover the natural treasures of the north by booking this eight-hour Diamond Circle shore excursion visiting villages, waterfalls, and geothermal areas. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Guided tour on a comfortable coach
Vegan or chicken sandwich
Icelandic chocolate
Juice drink
Professional English-speaking guide
Free Wi-Fi on the bus
Pick up and drop off at the cruise terminal in Akureyri


Hot Spring Bathing

What to bring

Warm, windproof and waterproof clothing
Sturdy shoes suitable for uneven terrain
Swimsuit and towel if you want to bathe at the Forest Lagoon (can also be rented at the spa)
Snacks and water bottle

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