Dettifoss is part of The Diamond Circle and therefore surrounded by spectacular attractions. The largest urban area closest to Dettifoss is Akureyri, which has often been called the capital of the north. Traveling in Akureyri itself is interesting enough to spend a day or two walking in different parts of town. In the center you’ll find interesting galleries, shops and restaurants. The church of Akureyri sits on a hill above the center and not far from the church is The Akureyri Botanical Garden, known for its beautiful walking paths and luxuriant flora.
Most people who visit Dettifoss are either coming from there or from the east, from Egilsstaðir town. Another town that is worth visiting, and is close to Dettifoss, is Húsavík. The town is most famous for whale watching and fun museums, including The Eurovision Museum.
On The Diamond Circle you will also find other magnificent waterfalls, such as Goðafoss, one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland and clearly one of the most popular attractions in the north.
Lake Mývatn is another paradise worth mentioning. Mývatn offers a unique natural environment and exceptional routes and walkways that will lead you to areas and open spaces you hardly ever will forget. The landscape itself was formed by volcanic eruptions giving the whole area an “out of space” feeling to it. Birdlife by the lake is abundant and you will get the chance to examine all the unique natural phenomena that characterizes the area, once you are actively exploring Lake Myvatn and its surroundings.
When visiting the Myvatn area, you will definitely be interested in checking out Dimmuborgir,The Dark Fortress at Mývatn, a true wonder of nature and nowhere else to be seen in the world, i.e on dry land. The Dimmuborgir area consists of a massive, collapsed lava tube formed by a lava lake flowing in from a large eruption in the Þrengslaborgir and Lúdentsborgir crater row to the East, about 2300 years ago.