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Húsavík

Húsavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland, besides being the largest town in Þingeyjarsýsla district and the service centre for the surrounding area.

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. And of course we must not forget that Húsavík is also home to the Whale Museum .

Cultural life in and around the town is flourishing, the active and enthusiastic drama society being among the best amateur theatre groups in Iceland. And, as there are a number of choirs and instrumental groups playing an active role in the field of music, Húsavík can offer inhabitants and visitors alike a wide variety of concerts, performed by musicians both from home and further afield.

There are two 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.

Other attractions on offer are a beautiful botanical garden, a camping site, a golf course and many pleasant walks to suit all abilities.

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

640,641

Population

2200

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The Exploration Museum
Museums
  • Héðinsbraut 3a
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 463-3399
Húsavík Golf club
Golf Courses
  • Katlavellir
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-1000
The Husavik Sea-Angling Company
Tour Operators
  • Garðarsbraut 18
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-1500
Stóratunga
Guesthouses
  • Bárðardalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3282, 868-5482
Heiðarbær
Guesthouses
  • Reykjahverfi
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3903
Garður Horse Farm
Guesthouses
  • Aðaldal
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3569, 862-4080
Arctic Nature Experience
Tour Operators
  • Smiðjuteigur 7
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3940, 464-3941
Hotel Rauðaskriða
Hotels
  • Rauðaskriða, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3504
Guesthouse Staðarhóll
Guesthouses
  • Staðarhóll, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3707
Ísbjörg
Tour Operators
  • Björgum, Þingeyjarsveit
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3737
Museum at Mánarbakki
Museums
  • Mánárbakki
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-1957
Kolbeinn Kjartansson
Tour Operators
  • Hraunkot
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 864-6471

Others

Guesthouse Sigtún
Guesthouses
  • Túngata 13
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-0255, 864-0250
Apartment Grundargardur 6
Apartments
  • Grundargarður 6
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 461-2277, 699-4388, 868-0886
Garður Horse Farm
Guesthouses
  • Aðaldal
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3569, 862-4080
Klambrasel / Langavatn
Guesthouses
  • Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3514, 899-2664
Hagi I
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Hagi 1, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3526
Rauðaskriða Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Rauðaskriða, Aðaldal
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3504, 895-6730
Höfði Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Héðinsbraut 11
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 852-0010
Private acc. Baldursbrekka 17
Bed & Breakfast
  • Baldursbrekka 17
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-1618, 863-4199
Tungulending Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Tungulending
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 896-6948
Þinghúsið Hraunbær
Guesthouses
  • Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3695
Þeistareykir Mountain Hut
Mountainhuts & Cabins
  • Þeistareykir
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 465-2273, 464-3510
Guesthouse Brekka
Guesthouses
  • Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3518, 899-4218
Berg Hostel
Guesthouses
  • Sandur, Aðaldal
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3777, 894-6477
Húsavík Hostel
Hostels
  • Laugarbrekka 16
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 463-3399
Barð - Ferðafélag Húsavíkur/ITA
Sleeping bag accommodation
  • Háagerði 10
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-2072, 464-1610
Heiðarbær
Guesthouses
  • Reykjahverfi
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3903
Stóratunga
Guesthouses
  • Bárðardalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3282, 868-5482
Myvatn Road Guesthouse
Guesthouses
  • Hrísateigur 2, Reykjahverfi
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 463-3399
Árbót Hostel
Guesthouses
  • Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3677, 894-6477
Hotel Rauðaskriða
Hotels
  • Rauðaskriða, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3504
Guesthouse Staðarhóll
Guesthouses
  • Staðarhóll, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3707
Fossholl by Godafoss
Guesthouses
  • Fosshóll
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3108
Björg Gisting / Bed&Breakfast
Guesthouses
  • Björgum
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3737

Others

Guesthouse Staðarhóll
Guesthouses
  • Staðarhóll, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3707
Kaffi Skuld
Cafés
  • Hafnarstétt 9, Miðbær
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-7272
Gentle Café
Restaurants
  • Garðarsbraut
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 864-6641
Fossholl by Godafoss
Guesthouses
  • Fosshóll
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3108
N1 - Service Station
Cafés
  • Héðinsbraut 2
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-2650
Guesthouse Brekka
Guesthouses
  • Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3518, 899-4218
Heiðarbær
Guesthouses
  • Reykjahverfi
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3903
Olís - Service Station
Cafés
  • Garðarsbraut 64
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-1040
Skarðaborg
Farm food direct
  • Skarðaborg
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3955
Hotel Rauðaskriða
Hotels
  • Rauðaskriða, Aðaldalur
  • 641 Húsavík
  • 464-3504
Skeljungur - Service Station
Cafés
  • Héðinsbraut 6
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-1260
Pronto Pizzur
Restaurants
  • Ketilsbraut 22
  • 640 Húsavík
  • 464-2333
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 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.

History and Culture
Folk Museum at Manarbakki

The Minjasafnið Museum at Mánárbakki was opened on 18 June 1995 in Þórshamar, a building which was transported from Húsavík to Mánárbakki. The premises have now been extended, and a three gabled farm house built. This new building, called Lækjarbakki, now contains the exhibits which, due to lack of space, could not be housed at Þórshamar.

The museum is open daily from 10 June to 31 August, and by arrangement outside these hours of business.

History and Culture
The whale museum

The main aim of the Whale Museum is to provide knowledge and information about whales and their habitat. The 1,600 m2 exhibition area houses the skeletons of various species of whale and attractively presented data on this, the largest animal on earth. A truly informative and interesting museum for all the family.

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.

North Iceland

Towns & Villages

Society and the economy have many faces. Whereas agriculture is the mainstay of rural areas, the towns depend upon fishing, industry, trade and a range of services, with each village having its own characteristics though they all prove hospitable hosts. 
The availability of food and accommodation and the possibilities at every location for recreation and entertainment make hopping between the villages informative as well as fun.   
In every case, the residents are lively and ready to celebrate.

Explore map with pictures

Map Akureyri Hrafnagil Grímsey Raufarhöfn Kópasker Þórshöfn Bakkafjörður Húsavík Mývatn Laugar Svalbarðseyri Grenivík Hjalteyri Hauganes Árskógssandur Dalvík Hrísey Ólafsfjörður Siglufjörður Hofsós Hólar Varmahlíð Sauðárkrókur Skagaströnd Blöndós Hvammstangi Laugarbakki Borðeyri