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Exploring Husavik, North Iceland

Updated: Feb 14

Húsavik, Iceland was one of the most beautiful and unique experiences of my life. Not only is this town rich in history and culture, but it also offers a wide range of activities and adventures for travellers of all kinds. Húsavik is a charming fishing town located on the north coast of Iceland. It has a rich history, having been inhabited since the 9th century and it is said to be one of the first places in Iceland where Christianity was established. Today, it is known as the "Whale Watching Capital of Iceland" and attracts visitors, like us, eager to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures.

Iceland can be a challenge for the budget traveller but we were driving a campervan, cooking our own meals, and were ready for something a little different. As we approached Husavik, the sky was clear and it was a warm Icelandic summer day. We were looking forward to our day.

Husavik Campsite

We had become accustomed to the outstanding quality and affordability of the local campsites found all over Iceland. I highly recommend the Húsavik Campsite, with its stunning views of the bay and easy walking distance of the town center. It was very clean, well-maintained, and had all the facilities we needed for a comfortable stay. There are cooking facilities, two showers, a washing machine, a dryer and toilets and FREE internet connection.

Húsavik Town

There is no shortage of things to do in Húsavik, and I was amazed by the range of activities available. Whether you're into outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or just want to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, there is something for everyone. Some of the most popular activities include whale watching, kayaking, horse riding, and hiking.

Services in Húsavík include different types of accommodation (hotels, guesthouses, and hostels), 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 visitors for a dip in geothermal hot sea water while enjoying a magnificent view over the bay. Húsavík is serviced by Húsavík airport.

The main hub of the town is centred around the port. For those passing through there is a parking lot right in front of the whale-watching tour offices. From there, visitors can walk around the town and enjoy the spectacular views of Skjalfandaflói Bay.

Whale Watching

We chose to go on a whale-watching tour with North Sailing and it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Up to 23 species of whale, including the Blue Whale, as well as large colonies of puffins can be found in the bay. The company is eco-friendly, kind and responsible to the wildlife, and has sustainable company practices. Our tour was called Whales and Puffins.

Not only did we see puffins but we also spotted a minke whale in the distance and then had the privilege of watching three humpback whales swim close to the boat.

The puffins we saw are known for their colourful beaks and playful behaviour, and they are a delight for any wildlife enthusiast. Puffins only come to land during mating season and spend the rest of the year alone out on the ocean. During mating season, great flocks of these almost-silent birds arrive to nest in the cliffs of nearby Puffin Island.