Husavik Travel Guide

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Husavik Overview

Húsavík is a small town of 2500 inhabitants in the North-east of Iceland at the shore of Skjálfandi bay. Tourism and fishing provide the main income for the town, with some shops and small industry.

Húsavík is renowned as the Capital of Icelandic whale watching, and a sighting is almost garaunteed in peak season. With a variety of whales entering the bay, and it is possible to see Humpback, Minke, Fin, Sei and North-Atlantic bottled nosed Whales along wth Orcas, dolphins and porpoises. There are a number of companies offering whale watching trips, each offering similar deals, but maybe experience matters here.

It is home to the National Whale and Phallus Museums. The first has displays of the history of whaling and their biology, along with skeletons of various species. The latter displays some 150 specimens of penis, apparently from every mammal that inhabits Iceland.

There are a number of restaurants, the best of which are located next to the harbour, as you would expect fresh seafood is prevalent on the menu and prices are more reasonable than the capital.

Viking Garðar Svavarsson was the first confirmed human to spend a winter on the island. He gave the island the name Garðarshólmi. A monument near the schoolhouse commemorates him.

The church of the town dates from the early 20th century.

The region of Mývatn with its interesting geology and diverse wildlife is nearby. Húsavík used to export the silica that was extracted from the lake.