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Secrets of Iceland’s Diamond Circle

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The Diamond Circle lies on the quieter side of Iceland in the far north of the country. Less well known and less visited than the Golden Circle the Diamond Circle is certainly no less impressive. Many tours in Iceland stick to the south coast of the country within easy reach of Reykjavik. But travellers fond of adventure and getting off the beaten path should definitely head north. The Diamond Circle route is made up of four main sights and many more worthy detours.


The main places of interest are Lake Myvatn, the Ásbyrgi Canyon, Dettifoss Waterfall and the town of Húsavík. Combined they offer such a diversity of natural wonders that they may even be more exciting than the sights of South Iceland. But there’s no need to compare! In this article we take you through the highlights of Iceland’s Diamond Circle. We will also look at the different times of year to travel and how best to do it.

Glowin blue hot spring waters in a cave. Highlights of Iceland's Diamond Circle.

Highlights of Iceland's Diamond Circle


Lake Mývatn and surrounds

The Lovely Lake Mývatn is expansive and beautiful taking up an area of 14 square miles. The landscapes around the lake are exciting to explore with caves, a steamy geothermal area and some weird and wonderful rock formations. You could easily spend several days discovering the area and there is a great campsite not far from the lake where you could base yourselves.

The Hverir Geothermal Area has been likened to Mars with its dry red dusty plains, billowing steam and bubbling mud pots. Then there is the beautiful Grjótagjá Cave with its crystal clear waters. The cave was made famous in the TV series Game of Thrones as the love nest of John Snow and Igritte. The area also boasts lush wetlands home to all sorts of birdlife, including many species of ducks. This is one of the premier spots in Iceland for bird watching.


The main draw of the area though is the geothermal waters of Mývatn Nature Baths. These hot spring baths have been likened to the popular Blue Lagoon in the south but are far quieter. You won’t need to book in advance at the Mývatn Nature Baths and you’ll enjoy a lot more space to wallow.