The scenic 232 km long Diamond Ring Road (also known as The Diamond Circle), a mix of paved and unpaved route with a beautiful scenario, is a popular tourist route in North Iceland.
This loop road offers many interesting and beautiful places of Iceland. The road starts in 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.
Watch out for sudden loose-gravel breaks. And that asphalt paving can ripple like a roller coaster track in places where “frost heaves” are caused by seasonal freezing and thawing of the ground. The route goes through Húsavík, Lake Mývatn and Laugar and goes past Dettifoss Waterfall, Ásbyrgi Canyon and Eider falls.
This infamous road is tightly hairpinned and bumped, an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. The road includes some steep sections, without market central lines, is very narrow, barely wide enough for 2 cars at the same time and it has not protections or guardrails. The surface of the road is asphalt, gravel and sand, and chains or snow tyres can be required anytime. This stretch of road should not be attempted by novice drivers.
This is a maintained road where a high clearance 2WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. All primitve dirt roads may be rocky with areas or soft gravel or sand that makes travel unsafe for sedans or RVs. Some road sections may require a high clearance 4WD vehicle, in four-wheel-drive, driven by a driver experienced in 4WD drive techniques to drive the road without getting stuck.
The unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. In any case, driving 4WD is recommended due to uneven surface. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle and can easily get muddy if it rains making it challenging to get through.