Nature pearls of the north Iceland / The Diamond Circle
This circle tour includes Húsavík, Jökulsárgljúfur and Mývatn area!
This circle is usually available in four of the six seasons that is early summer, high summer, autumn hues and early winter, depending on the weather and road condition at any time. In the other seasons – high winter and spring – this tour may keep the shape of a circle or the final program may vary, due to road conditions and other circumstances.
Meeting point is Húsavík, but with option of pickup in Akureyri (airport or another agreed place). This package is also available with domestic flight and with extra nights or extra days.
Day 1 – Húsavík and surrounding
On this day we will visit Goðafoss and then head to Grenjaðarstaður, which is an ancient farm, church site and place depicting Icelandic culture from earlier times (in a turf house). The river Laxá flows from Lake Mývatn through the valleys of Laxárdalur and Aðaldalur to Skjálfandi Bay were Húsavík is located. During this part, we will explore farmland and get a bit to know about culture and folklore. We head then to Húsavík. Sea tours (whale watching) are available almost all year round. We explore the town, visit museums and enjoy local food.
In late afternoon is time to check-in at a hotel in Húsavík for one night. The evening is free, but there are possible various options – from festivals to northern lights hunting – depending on seasons.
Day 2 – Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
After breakfast we follow the coastline of Tjörnes peninsula. On our way we make a few stops, varying depending on interests and circumstances. On the coastline of Tjörnes peninsula are some of most remarkable fossil layers in Iceland. These are sandstone layers which were formed at the end of the Tertiary period and during the Ice Age. From these fossils it is possible to trace changes in climate, vegetation and marine life from the beginning of the Ice Age. We then head east towards Kelduhverfi, south of Öxarfjörður bay, and continue to Jökulsárgljúfur. While at the National Park we visit the impressive Ásbyrgi canyon, then we take a road to Vesturdalur* and Hljóðaklettar for exploring the wildest area of the parl. Finally we continue to Hafragilsfoss and Dettifoss*, which is considered as most powerful waterfall in Europe. From the glacier river canyon, we continue to Mývatnssveit (Mývatn area), end end the day in Mývatn Nature Baths, before going to a restaurant for dinner and a check in at a hotel for overnight.
Day 3 – Mývatn
Today, we explore the wonders of lake Mývatn and surrounding area.
We start our day by going to Krafla*, geothermal area where one of Iceland’s volcanoes is located (here erupted several times between 1975 and 1984). After visiting the crater Víti, and viewing Leirhnjúkur and the newest lava nearby, we head back to Hverarönd (or Hverir*) by Námafjall: an area of ever-changing hot springs. Krafla and Námafjall are connected, on the same row of volcanism, linked to tectonic plates. From here we go to the unique Grjótagjá, ensconced deep in the rocky rift formed by the two separating tectonic plates, and Dimmuborgir*, an area of randomly strewn lava rocks and cliffs. We keep on around lake Mývatn, with selected stops, like Kálfastrandarvogur, featuring lava rocks, and Skútustadagígar, craters that were formed by gas explosions when boiling lava flowed over the wetlands. After enjoying the area for a while, we will be heading to Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum, the largest known private bird collection in Iceland. There is also a small “boat house”, which give good option to see and learn a bit about local culture and about the connection between men and nature, here in closeness with the lake.
We end the program in the afternoon at same location where we started on day 1, or at another agreed place.
* We do normally explore the canyon (Jökulsárgljúfur) following the west bank, but due to circumstances in winter / spring, we might have to adjust the program, like take the route that follows the eastern bank. Also note that we might alter the program of day 3 – such as shifting the order of places visited – due to circumstances and seasons.
Availability: All year round. Please note that itinerary might vary depending on the season chosen!
Departure point options: Húsavík, Akureyri, Mývatn (and by domestic flight from Reykjavík).
Departure time and days: Year round, 9:00a.m. every Wednesday. June-August, extra departure at 9:00a.m. every Sunday. On request, private tours available all the other days.
Tour duration: 3 days.
Included: pick up and drop off at agreed points, transportation and private guide for the duration of the tour, fuel, 2 nights in hotel with breakfast (double room accommodation), 2 dinners, 1 lunch package, entrance to Mývatn Nature Baths, entrance to Húsavík Whale Museum and Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum, activities depending on seasons and preference (for example – whale watching: May to September – horseback riding: October, November and April – showshoeing: December to March – northern lights evening tour: October to March).
Not included: international flights, domestic transports to/from agreed pick up and drop off point, drinks, anything else not specified as “Included”.
Please note: minimum number of participant is 2, maximum number of participant is 13.
Bookings: for scheduled departures, please use the form below. For other departures, please contact us.