Diamond Circle Road is the name of a very scenic drive through the most incredible spots in the northeastern part of Iceland. It is an epic and unforgettable adventure.
What is the Diamond Circle in Iceland?
This loop road offers five of the most interesting and beautiful attractions of the northern part of the country: Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss waterfall, Ásbyrgi canyon, Húsavík and Goðafoss waterfall. The road starts at 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.
How long is the Diamond Circle in Iceland?
The road, also known as Diamond Ring Road, is 190 miles (310 kilometers) long. In 2020, it was completely paved after years of road construction, so you don’t need a 4WD to drive on it. However, if you are planning a self-drive tour, please make sure you book a 4WD vehicle. If you decide to visit the east side of the Dettifoss and Selfoss Waterfalls you’ll need to drive Route 864 which is a rough, pot-hole marked, gravel road.
Is the Diamond Circle in Iceland open?
The road is open all year long. But during winter some parts of the scenic loop road close easily so make sure they are open before driving off. Only drive on this road if you’re an experienced driver.
How long does it take to drive the Diamond Circle Iceland?
Similar to the Golden circle in the southern part of Iceland, it’s a very popular tourist route in North Iceland featuring some of the most stunning sights and spots for unearthly landscapes. To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 3 and 4 hours. However, due its beauty, the drive will take longer, so plan around 10-12 hours to complete the whole tour.