Húsavík Paradise by the edge of the Arctic

Húsavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland, besides being the largest town in Þingeyjarsýsla district and the service centre for the surrounding area. The town is known for whale watching tours in Skjálfandi Bay and called the Whale Capital. Up to 23 species of whale, including the Blue Whale, as well as large colonies of puffins can be found in the bay. One can experience the gigantic life-size of whales in the local Whale Museum where, amongst others, a 22m long skeleton of a Blue Whale is on display. There are several whale watching companies to choose from in Húsavík, and a sail through the ocean waves in pursuit of these wonderful creatures is an experience no one should miss and will certainly never be forgotten.

The Museum House at Húsavík, as the inhabitants of the district call their cultural centre, houses part of the South Þingeyjarsýsla District Museum, a maritime museum, natural history museum, folk museum, district archives, photograph archives, and an art gallery.

Cultural life in and around the town is flourishing, the active and enthusiastic drama society being among the best amateur theatre groups in Iceland. There are a number of choirs and instrumental groups playing an active role in the field of music.

Services in Húsavík are different types of accommodation, restaurants and cafés, a brewery, a geothermal swimming pool and campsites as well as a golf course and skiing area on the outskirts of town. A newly opened sea bath invites for a dip in geothermal hot sea water while enjoying a magnificent view over the bay. Húsavík is serviced by Húsavík airport. 

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Húsavík
GPS Points N66° 2' 40.389" W17° 20' 6.984"
Postal codes

640,641

Population

2200

Highlights in Húsavík

  • Whale Museum

    The Húsavík Whale Museum was founded in 1997. It's foremost aim is to provide detailed and interesting information about whales and their habitat.

  • Húsavík Camping Site

    The camp site is in a great location. From Húsavík is a short distance to visit some of the most popular attractions in Iceland such as the waterfall Dettifoss, Mývatn lake and Ásbyrgi.

  • Húsavík Museum

  • Whale Watching

    One of the most popular activity in Húsavík is whale watching.

Travel directory for Húsavík

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Heiðarbær
Guesthouses
  • Reykjahverfi
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3903
Hotel Rauðaskriða
Hotels
  • Rauðaskriða, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3504
The Husavik Sea-Angling Company
Tour Operators
  • Garðarsbraut 18
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-1500
Guesthouse Staðarhóll
Guesthouses
  • Staðarhóll, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3707
Húsavík Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Katlavellir
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-1000
Arctic Nature Experience
Tour Operators
  • Smiðjuteigur 7
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3940, 464-3941
Husavik mini bus
Bird Watching
  • Garðarsbraut 79
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 898-9853
Stóratunga
Angling
  • Bárðardalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3282, 868-5482
Kolbeinn Kjartansson
Tour Operators
  • Hraunkot
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 864-6471
Ísbjörg
Tour Operators
  • Björgum, Þingeyjarsveit
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3737
Garður Horse Farm
Guesthouses
  • Aðaldal
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3569, 862-4080

Others

Stóratunga
Angling
  • Bárðardalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3282, 868-5482
Vestmannsvatn Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Vestmannsvatn
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 771-3553
Heiðarbær
Guesthouses
  • Reykjahverfi
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3903
Myvatn Road Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hrísateigur 2, Reykjahverfi
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 463-3399
Árbót HI Hostel
Guesthouses
  • Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3677, 894-6477
Laxárdalur Cabin
Cottages
  • Árhólar
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 845-8997
Guesthouse Sigtún
Guesthouses
  • Túngata 13
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-0255, 864-0250
Barð - Ferðafélag Húsavíkur/ITA
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Háagerði 10
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-2072, 464-1610
Höfði Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Héðinsbraut 11
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 852-0010
Guesthouse Staðarhóll
Guesthouses
  • Staðarhóll, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3707
Hagi I
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hagi 1, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3526
Skjálfandi apartments
Guesthouses
  • Stóragarði 13
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-2220 , 464-2220
Hotel Rauðaskriða
Hotels
  • Rauðaskriða, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3504
Fossholl by Godafoss
Guesthouses
  • Fosshóll
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3108
Apartment Grundargardur 6
Apartments
  • Grundargarður 6
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 461-2277, 699-4388, 868-0886
Björg Gisting / Bed&Breakfast
Guesthouses
  • Björgum
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3737
Klambrasel / Langavatn
Guesthouses
  • Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3514, 899-2664
Húsavík Hostel
Hostels
  • Laugarbrekka 16
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 463-3399
Garður Horse Farm
Guesthouses
  • Aðaldal
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3569, 862-4080
Tungulending Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Tungulending
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 896-6948
Rauðaskriða Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Rauðaskriða, Aðaldal
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3504, 895-6730
Þeistareykir Mountain Hut
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Þeistareykir
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 465-2273, 464-3510
Þinghúsið Hraunbær
Guesthouses
  • Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3695
Berg HI Hostel
Guesthouses
  • Sandur, Aðaldal
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3777, 894-6477

Others

Húsavík Öl
Restaurants
  • Héðinsbraut 4
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 789-0808
Fossholl by Godafoss
Guesthouses
  • Fosshóll
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3108
Olís - Service Station
Cafés
  • Garðarsbraut 64
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-1040
Gentle Café
Restaurants
  • Garðarsbraut
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 864-6641
Guesthouse Staðarhóll
Guesthouses
  • Staðarhóll, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3707
Hotel Rauðaskriða
Hotels
  • Rauðaskriða, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3504
Skarðaborg
Farm food direct
  • Skarðaborg
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3955
Pronto Pizzur
Restaurants
  • Ketilsbraut 22
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-2333
Kaffi Skuld
Cafés
  • Hafnarstétt 9, Miðbær
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-7272
Skeljungur - Service Station
Cafés
  • Héðinsbraut 6
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-1260
Heiðarbær
Guesthouses
  • Reykjahverfi
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3903
N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Héðinsbraut 2
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-2650
History and Culture
The Þingeyjarsýsla District Museum

Byggðasafn S-Þing (The South Þingeyjarsýsla District Museum) is housed within the Safnahúsið at Húsavík and is to be found on the middle floor of the building. This exhibition is called "100 years of Life and Nature in Þingeyjarsýsla" and attempts to shed light on the interaction of man and nature. It is, therefore partly a natural history exhibition.
Opening times:
Summer: 1 June-31 August, daily 10:00-18:00.
Winter: 1 September-31 May, weekdays 10:00-16:00.

Nature
Asbyrgi

Ásbyrgi is one of the wonders of nature, a well forested horse-shoe shaped canyon in Oxarfjordur. Asbyrgi is a part of Jökulsárgljúfur, within the Vatnajökull National Park. The Jökulsárgljúfur site of the National park reaches from highway 85, by Asbyrgi south to Dettifoss, covering an area of 120 km2. Informative visitors centre, shop, golf course and camping is located by Asbyrgi.
Many hiking tracks are in the vicinity of Asbyrgi.

Many hiking tracks are in the vicinity of Asbyrgi.

History and Culture
The old farm house

Grenjaðarstaður is the site of a church, and also of one of the most famous turf farms in Iceland. It was home to the chieftains of the past, and it is an enlightening experience to visit the farm and become acquainted with the lives of Iceland's rich and famous in days gone by.

History and Culture
The Museum House in Husavik

On the main floor of the Culture House in Húsavík the new exhibition Man and Nature - 100 years in Þingeyjarsýsla, aims to provide insight into man´s relationship with nature in this region in the period 18250-1950, and the subsistence farming that was practised at that time, so that each farmstead was largely self-sufficient.
The maritime is on the Ground floor. It opened in 2002, in a new pyramidal unit. The exhibition includes a large number of boats, many of them built in Húsavík, as well as Hrafninn (the Raven), a gift from Norway to the community of Húsavík to mark the 1100th anniversary of the settlement of Iceland in 1974.
The exhibition also includes a wide variety of fishing gear, equipment and tools whcich were used in the fisheries, as well as in seal-hunting and shark-fishing. Films can be viewed.

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