What a journey, to any destination, should always guarantee is, most of all, enough time to experience what is worth to. Regarding the Diamond Circle, this can be identified in 5 days. Such a span of days provides time to enjoy most of the highlights the Diamond has to offer and many of the available activities without being in a constant rush. If this is what you’re aiming at, the following itinerary may be of great help. We promise that it’s going to be a great adventure and that if there will be something you might regret, it will only be not having stayed even longer in this wonderful area.
Day 1: The itinerary starts from Húsavík. Get here from any previous destination of yours and, if coming from the West or from the Highlands make a stop at Goðafoss on the way of course. The best way to break the ice with the Circle is completing the “whale itinerary” with a visit to the Whale Museum and an exciting whale-watching trip. Enjoy the evening, relaxing in one of the many excellent restaurants and then take a gentle stroll to the lighthouse for a beautiful view on Skjálfandi bay. Overnight in Húsavík.
Day 2: Make an early start and spend most of the day among the highlights of the Jökulsárgljúfur: Ásbyrgi, Vesturdalur and Dettifoss are absolute must to see with great hiking opportunities. Don’t forget to include Hólmatungur in your day for some off the beaten track sceneries. On the way back to Húsavík explore the impressive fissures at Kelduhverfi and Tjörnes, in particular the lighthouse of Voladalstorfa surrounded by Puffins’ nests and the beaches full of fossil shells. Once back in town get to the top of Húsavíkurfjall to get the most breathtaking panorama over the town and the bay before heading to the hot pots where to relax at the end of a tough but rewarding day. Overnight in Húsavík.
Highlights of the day:
– Ásbyrgi Canyon
– Vesturdalur Valley
– Tjörnes Peninsula
– Voladalstorfa Lighthouse
– Hot pots
Day 3: Wake up early and soak in the swimming pool of the town for a traditional and reinvigoration start of the day. Visit the Exploration Museum and the wooden church and relax for a while in the town Gardens before setting off for the next part of the adventure. Spend the rest of the day in the area South of Húsavík on your way to Mývatn, which is packed with things to do and see: Æðafossar, the cliffs at the bottom of Skjálfandi bay, the greenhouses of Hveravellir, Grenjaðarstaður Heritage Museum, Hólasandur, Ystafell Transportation Museum and Laxá Power Station. Enjoy your first hours in the charming environment of lake Mývatn with an evening stroll along its shores. Overnight in Mývatn area.
Highlights of the day:
– Swimming Pool
– Exploration Museum
– Skjálfandi Bay
– Grenjaðarstaður Heritage Museum
– Ystafell Transportation Museum
– Laxá Power Station
– Lake Mývatn
Day 4: Begin the day the day getting to the eastern side of Mývatn. The lava fields of Krafla and the geothermal area of Hverir are the first destinations for some otherworldly landscapes and short hikes through them. Before taking all the time you want in the nature bath ofJarðböðin don’t forget the black pillars of lava in Dimmuborgir, the explosive crater of Hverfell, the fissure of Grjótagjá and Storagjá and the small peninsula of Höfði, a great bird-watching spot. Overnight in Mývatn area.
Day 5: Unfortunately time flies quickly and you leave soon. There’s still time for some more, though. Start the day with a horseback ride through the lava fields in the northern side of Mývatn, then head South to the pseudocrates at Skútustaðagígar. The western shores of Mývatn offer unique bird-watching opportunities (as well as the excellentSigurgeir’s Bird Museum) and probably the best view over the lake from the top of Vindbelgjarfjall. If from Mývatn your next destination is in the West, don’t miss a stop at Goðafoss before leaving the Diamond behind.