Diamond Circle Excursion from Akureyri | Myvatn, Dettifoss, Asbyrgi

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Akureyri
Duration
10 hours
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Easy
Languages
English
Available
May. - Oct.

Witness the stunning landscapes of North Iceland on this guided Diamond Circle tour from Akureyri. Anyone looking to experience the volcanic landscapes and powerful waterfalls of the North should not let this opportunity pass.

Your adventure begins as you get picked up in a 4x4 vehicle in the morning and set out from Akureyri, Iceland’s Capital of the North. The first stop will be at the majestic Goðafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods), named so because an Icelandic high chieftain thew his statues of the Norse Gods into the cascading falls to mark the nation’s religious conversion to Christianity 1000 years ago.

Goðafoss is one of Iceland’s most grand and powerful waterfalls, boasting a width of no less than 30 metres and a drop of 12 metres. Prepare to feel the rumbling beneath your feet as you feast your eyes on this natural wonder of the North.

Next up is the area around Lake Mývatn, where you will visit the boiling mud pits close to Námafjall Mountain. The landscape is that of great natural catastrophes as well as mysterious beauty. You will also be treated to a short stop by the crater Víti which sits by the infamous Krafla Volcano.

After having explored the Lake Mývatn area, you will continue to the waterfall Dettifoss, which surpasses even Goðafoss in size, boasting a drop of 45 metres and a width of 100 metres. Watch as the muddy glacial water cascades into one of Iceland’s most impressive canyons below.

After visiting Dettifoss, your excursion continues alongside the Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon until you reach the scenic Vesturdalur Valley. From there, you will be brought to the echoing cliffs of Hljóðaklettar, known for their stunning basalt rock formations.

It’s safe to say that you should bring an empty memory card since you will want to take an endless amount of photos of everything you see on your journey. The next stop of the tour is at the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Ásbyrgi, dedicated to the Norse Gods through the legend of Óðinn’s horse Sleipnir who is reputed to have stepped his hoof down there from the heavens.

After all this incredible sightseeing, you will be treated to a lunch stop in the charming village of Húsavík before heading back to Akureyri, where you can reminisce about the sights you just saw with the rest of your travel companions.

Don’t miss out on this incredible chance of witnessing some of the most celebrated pearls of North Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

Pickup
English guide
Transportation in a 4x4 vehicle

Activities

Sightseeing

Attractions

North Iceland
Húsavík
Ásbyrgi
Goðafoss
Dettifoss
Hljóðaklettar
Jökulsárgljúfur
Skjalfandafljot
Selfoss (waterfall)
Víti in Krafla
Námafjall Geothermal Area

What to bring

Warm clothes
Good shoes
Camera
Snacks
Water

Good to know

Please consider that even though the tour has no age limit, it is approximately 15 hours long which might not suit the stamina of very young children. We recommend bringing snacks or packed lunch for the journey, as well as bottled water, but we will also stop at a café in Húsavík before heading back to Akureyri at the end of the tour.

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