Diamond Ring Road

Diamond Circle Road, one of the most sensational drives in Iceland

The scenic 190 miles (310 kilometers) long Diamond Circle Road, also known as Diamond Ring Road, is a mix of paved and unpaved route with a beautiful scenario, and a popular tourist route in North Iceland.

This loop road offers three of the most interesting and beautiful attractions of Iceland. The road starts from Husavik, on the north coast of Iceland on the shores of Skjálfandi bay, and goes by the stunning Dettifoss waterfall and the gorgeous lake Myvatn, before coming back to Husavik. During winter some parts of the journey close easily so make sure they are open before driving off.

How long does it take to drive the Diamond Circle Road?

This is a remarkable road trip. Remember to bring your camera. Make sure you leave enough time to make plenty of stops along the way. Driving the whole route takes you a little over four hours. If you stop to take pictures, the whole tour will take you around 10–12 hours. If you are planning a self-drive tour, please make sure you book a 4WD vehicle, as the road between Dettifoss and Ásbyrgi is a rough gravel road. Only drive on this road if you’re an experienced driver.