Húsavík is one of Iceland's many charming towns found at the coast line by Skjalfandi Bay. The town is recognized as a great place to go whale watching and is quite the cultural hub with numerous museums and great restaurants. The perfect stop to make whilst exploring the North of Iceland, especially due to its close vicinity to other amazing attractions.
Húsavík is an adorable fishing town in the Northern part of Iceland just south of the Arctic Circle. The town is known for incredible ocean views, its colorful houses, a stunning wooden church, fantastic whale watching tours and just recently a truly unique bathing experience right at the peninsula’s brim.
The town has a population of roughly 2200 inhabitants and is an important stone in the northern municipality. It is a very popular stop to make whilst exploring the North as it has quite a few museums, great tours and fantastic restaurants. A few festivals are held in Húsavík over the year and during the summer the town is booming with tourist, flocking to see majestic whales playing vigorously in the bay.
Húsavík is an excellent location to enjoy Iceland’s acclaimed Midnight Sun as the town experiences none stop daylight from the 11th of June until the 29th of June. The polar opposite being on the 21st of December when Husavik only experiences 2 hours and 45 minutes of daylight. The positive point in regards to the darkness is still the chance of seeing the glistening Northern Lights which shine brighter in this part of Iceland.
According to the Book of Settlement, Landnáma which traces the history of the Viking settlement in Iceland, Húsavík was the first place in the country to be settled by the Norse. The Viking, Garðar Svavarsson is believed to have stayed in Húsavík over one winter’s time around the year 870. He named the location Garðshólmi, which would translate to The Cape of Garðar in English. In spring when the ice started to melt and the weather started to calm Garðar set his sails out from the bay leaving behind a man by the name of Náttfari and two slaves, a man and a woman. These three people established a farm in the area which is thought to mark the beginning of residentiary in Húsavík.
GPS POINTS N66° 2' 40.389" W17° 20' 6.984"
Husavik is located in Skjálfandi Bay in the Northern part of Iceland, the neighboring bay to Eyjafjörðuri. The distance from Reykjavík to Husavik is about 479 kilometers (770,8 mi), from Akureyri are 91,4 kilometers (1470,9 mi) and from Egilsstaðir in the Eastfjords are 220 kilometers (354 mi).
Nearby attraction include Lake Botnsvatn, Ásbyrgi Canyon in Jokulsargljufur National Park, Hljóðaklettar Cliffs, Dettifoss, Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss waterfalls and the mystical Hverir and Námaskarð area. Driving further inland you will find Lake Mývatn, Mývatn Nature Baths and the famous Game of Thrones cave and hot spring Grjótagjá.
There are a few ways of going about traveling to Husavik. You can get a rental car and do a road trip, you can fly to the domestic airport at Husavik, you can join one of the many tours visiting the town or you could grab the public bus.
2. Stroll the town and see the local art and the childlike array of multi-colored houses.
3. Take a bath at the unique hot spring GeoSea Baths for a relaxing experience in an astounding setting.
4. Join a Horse Riding tour to explore the beautiful countryside around the town, the cliffs and the lake above all whilst getting in close contact with the friendly and lovable Icelandic horse.
5. Find Húsavíkurkirkja church a delightful Viking-looking building.
6. Visit Kaðlín Handicraft to buy some truly Icelandic souvenirs, many hand-made by local artists.
7. Take a road trip to Rauðanes Point for some impressive lava rock formations, bridges and capes, sculpted by Iceland's volcanic activity and dramatic weather.
8. Take a step back in time at Grenjaðarstaður the old Farmhouse. Only open during summer but offers a fantastic look into the life of Icelanders in the 19th century and is only a 20 minutes drive from Husavik.
9. Visit one or maybe all of the many museums the delightful Húsavík has to offers (see below).
Mærudagar e. Húsavík’s Candy Days
Mærudagar is an annual festival hosted in Húsavík during the last weekend in July. Each section of the town is decorated to the fullest in their signature color by the locals themselves. Each house taking trying to out-beat the next. The colors are green, pink and green and the locals often dress to match their neighborhood. To visit the town during this time is like stepping into a scene with Willy Wonka with the addition of traditional Icelandic concerts and dances, standups and acts, something you do not want to miss!
Húsavík offers a wide variety of restaurants, cafés, and bakeries. Some are open all year round but other only during the busiest season, Summer. Here is the Foodie guide to Húsavík.
Open all year round:
Open in the summertime
Húsavík is by many Icelanders considered to be a weather paradise, even though it gets snow heavy in winter the residents are rewarded with beautiful green and sunny summers. The town offers a unique chance to experience the mesmerizing midnight sun in summer and a fantastic opportunity for the Aurora Borealis in winter. You are, after all, located so far North you can almost touch the North Pole!
The weather forecast for Húsavík is accessible online but be sure to check it regularly as Icelandic weather is famous for shifting rapidly.
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