THE DIAMOND CIRCLE
A few hours drive from Reykjavik, close to Akuyeri is the Diamond Circle. Less known as the Golden Circle, The Diamond Circle has a lot of to offer. This circuit is in the north of the island and has some incredible landscapes and natural phenomena.
The four main stops are the town of Húsavík, Ásbyrgi Canyon, Lake Mývatn and Dettifoss Waterfall. Other stops are Vatnajökull National Park, Goðafoss Waterfall, Dark Castles, Eider Falls, The Whispering Cliffs and Laugar.
The first stop, Húsavík, is famous for its geothermal springs, as Kaldbakur pond. It is also a good spot for the whale and bird watching enthusiasts. Horse riding, hiking, golf and enjoying the local food culture is just a few things to do or see in Húsavik.
The second stop, Ásbyrgi Canyon, is formed by cliffs up to a 100 meters tall. Ásbyrgi was created by a catastrophic glacial flooding of Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, 8-10.000 years ago. The legends say it was formed when Odin’s horse, Sleipnir, touched one of its feets on the ground on his journey through the Galaxy, but if you use logic..... that never happened.
The third stop, Lake Mývatn, is a volcanic lake area where you can find hot spots and take a bath in Blue lagoons little brother. We are sure the cast of game of thrones has dipped in to Myvatn nature baths as filming locations of the series took place in the area.
Some kilometer further you can visit the Hverir area, which has wells of boiling mud and fumaroles next to the Námafjall mountain.
The last stop, Dettifoss Waterfall, is the most powerful of Europe and it is a 150 feets.
Diamond circle is a must do in Iceland in terms of nature and excotic places to see.