The Diamond Circle
3 day tour
This circle tour includes Húsavík, Jökulsárgljúfur, Mývatn area!
Húsavík is the largest town in Þingeyjarsýsla, a prosperous community by the eastern side of Skjálfandi bay. It was here that the Swedish explorer Garðar Svavarsson spent the winter of 870, four years earlier than Ingólfur Arnarson, who settled in Reykjavík as Iceland's first settler according to history. There are many excellent reasons for visiting Húsavík, the whale watching capital of Europe. Some of the highlights include whale watching excursions from Spring to Autumn in Skjálfandi Bay with the beautiful Kinnarfjöll mountains as the backdrop, hot tub baths, several quality restaurants, hiking up Húsavík mountain and plenty of free trout fishing around Botnsvatn. In recent years, tourism has increased considerably with a large number of visitors every year.
A National Park was established in nearby Jökulsárgljúfur canyon and the surrounding area in 1973. When Vatnajökull National Park was established in 2008, Jökulsárgljúfur became a part it. For thousands of years, Jökulsá á Fjöllum, one of Iceland's largest rivers, has continued to flow from under the glacier Vatnajökull about 200 km away in southern Iceland. Its journey ends at the sea in Öxarfjörður bay. On its long journey, the river has carved numerous chasms into the highland bedrock and to the west of Hólsfjöll, it cascades from a tall rocky ledge, forming the huge waterfall Dettifoss, plunging into a magnificent canyon below. Jökulsárgljúfur is approximately 25 km long, half a kilometre wide and in several locations, extends to a depth of over 100 metres.
From earliest times, Mývatn area has attracted visitors and is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations and is one those places that most people would like to visit, observe and explore. Mývatn is Iceland´s fourth largest lake, 37 square km in area, having a shoreline deeply incised by numerous small creeks and speckled with about 50 islands and small islets. Craters and volcanoes have sculpted the landscape of the Mývatn region, many of which are famous attractions and spots of special interest. The Mývatn region is known for its birdlife on and around the lake, favoured by various species of duck and wetland birds. In summer, more species of duck have made their homes in the Mývatn region than in any other location on earth. Lake Mývatn is protected by law and has been placed on a register of internationally significant marshland areas, together with the river Laxá which flows from it.
** This tour is available year round, but with adjusted itinerary after seasons.
Availability: All year, June - Sept as summer season itinerary & winter/spring with different program – daily on request, reservation required.
Departures optional: Húsavík, Mývatn, Akureyri (and with domestic flight from Reykjavík).
Departure time: On request
Tour duration: 3 day tour
Included: Fully guided tour and transportation
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