Húsavík is a town of approximately 2,500 inhabitants in North Iceland. It is the whale watching capital of Iceland, with whales sighted on over 95% of trips during the summer. Additionally, it gained some fame when it used to house the (in)famous Icelandic Phallological Museum, which has since moved to Reykjavík.
By planeYou can get to Húsavík by car or by bus. The nearest domestic airport is Húsavík airport about 5 min drive to town, operated by Ernir. There is also an airport in Akureyri (about 1 hour by car).
By busStrætó connects Húsavík with Akureyri with a bus one to three times a day. The bus is number 79.
phone: +3544642328address: Héðinsbraut 3The Exploration Museum is dedicated to the history of human exploration, from the early explorers to the exploration of space. The main exhibition room features photographs and artifacts from the Apollo Astronaut Training near Húsavík in 1965 and 1967. Other exhibition rooms feature the history of Viking exploration, Arctic explorers and a timeline of exploration history.
phone: +354 414 2800address: Hafnarstétt 1
HúsavíkurkirkjaThis wooden church built in 1907 is probably the most recognisable landmark of the town.
- The Icelandic Phallological Museum, which used to be here, has moved to Reykjavík.
Húsavík is one of the main destinations for whale watching in Iceland. The species that can be seen on the tours include blue whale, humpback whale, minke, fin whale, harbour porpoise and white-beaked dolphin. Whale watching season is April through October.
phone: +354 464 1500address: 640 HúsavíkWhale watching, puffin watching, sea angling and other tours, depending on the season.
phone: +354 464 7272Whale watching, puffin watching and other tours, depending on the season.
Apart from whale watching, horse riding is another good option for tourists passing through the town of Húsavík. It's a good opportunity to come across the rugged Icelandic breed and also get to do some sightseeing on horseback at the same time.
Saltvík HestamiðstöðHorse riding tours are offered at Saltvík farm, about 5 km from Húsavík.
Gamli BaukurThey have an excellent selection of fish, soups, and salads. Downstairs is the small restaurant and upstairs a lively, little bar.
phone: +354 464 2551address: Garðarsbraut 6Restaurant/pizzeria, where is also possible to taste puffin.
phone: +354 464 1520address: Naustagarður 2Nice and simple seafood restaurant.
phone: +354 496 1440An interesting tent restaurant where they grill whole lambs. Very nice food with reasonable prices. Only open during the summer season.
phone: +354 463 3399address: Laugarbrekka 16A friendly guesthouse, built in 1947 and renovated in 2009. Open all year. Breakfast is served from 7:30 to til 10:00. Wireless Internet access in all rooms.
phone: +3544641504address: KaldbakurWithin the town, 1200 meters from the center. Eighteen new cottages built of timber logs, 18-25 square meters in size, with all facilities (WC, shower, kitchen, TV, radio, refrigerator, kitchen utensils, toaster, stove, etc.) Big terrace. Beautiful view. Very private and convenient.
phone: +354 464 2220Asgardsvegi 2. A small cozy guesthouse with 8 rooms near the waterfront. Prices vary from 8.800 kr. (single bed room) during off season to 10.600 kr. (single bed room) during peak season and includes breakfast. Bathrooms are shared but very clean and towels are provided.
phone: +354 463 3399address: Höfði 2416 room hotel at Húsavík Cape, with view over the town and Skjálfandi bay.
phone: +354 464 1003Ketilsbraut 22. A well-equipped hotel in the center. Single and double rooms, as well as superior "whale-themed" rooms. Restaurant/pizzeria and bar facilities. Internet access in the lobby.
The public library offers internet access on public terminals at reasonable rates, and a free internet connection for those traveling with laptops.