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Husavik

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Practical information on Husavik

  • Family
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Port
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Museums
  • Essential
5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
100 km from Akureyri by car or bus and 50 km from Myvatn
When to go
From April to October
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Husavik

Emmanuelle Bluman Seasoned Traveller
163 written opinions

A pleasant fishing port has become the best site from which to depart to go whale watching.

My suggestion:
Don't push to go too fast and set aside the 3 hours you need to go out in the bay to admire the whales.
My review

Husavik has always been one of my favourite villages in Iceland. Most likely on account of the old houses that make up its small town centre and the little port that stands out in the bay surrounded by a superb mountain range with eternally snow-covered summits.

Although Husavik was attracting tourists a few years ago with its penis museum—the private collection of an eccentric Icelander which made him and the town famous—, the collection has left the beautiful building that I visited at the time to join a more modern building in the capital.

Fortunately, Husavik has kept its whales, the town's big attraction. It is the best place from which to admire them, in my opinion. The little fishing boats leave every day between April and October so you can admire the tail and curved back of these majestic mammals that inhabit seas and oceans. I must say that my last excursion was spectacular; the whales passed practically just under the boat and the setting—the bay surrounded by mountains—was gorgeous. This will please children and adults alike for those who are travelling as a family.

Finally, on returning to land, a visit to the whale museum is a must. I made the most of it to learn a little more about the species that I had seen right in front of my eyes a few minutes earlier.

Emmanuelle Bluman Seasoned Traveller
157 written opinions

A pleasant fishing port has become the best site from which to depart to go whale watching.

My suggestion:
Don't push to go too fast and set aside the 3 hours you need to go out in the bay to admire the whales.
My review

Husavik has always been one of my favourite villages in Iceland. Most likely on account of the old houses that make up its small town centre and the little port that stands out in the bay surrounded by a superb mountain range with eternally snow-covered summits.

Although Husavik was attracting tourists a few years ago with its penis museum—the private collection of an eccentric Icelander which made him and the town famous—, the collection has left the beautiful building that I visited at the time to join a more modern building in the capital.

Fortunately, Husavik has kept its whales, the town's big attraction. It is the best place from which to admire them, in my opinion. The little fishing boats leave every day between April and October so you can admire the tail and curved back of these majestic mammals that inhabit seas and oceans. I must say that my last excursion was spectacular; the whales passed practically just under the boat and the setting—the bay surrounded by mountains—was gorgeous. This will please children and adults alike for those who are travelling as a family.

Finally, on returning to land, a visit to the whale museum is a must. I made the most of it to learn a little more about the species that I had seen right in front of my eyes a few minutes earlier.

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