The town of Húsavík sits on the eastern shore of Shaky Bay, known around the world as Whale Capital of Iceland. In the past years whales have been spotted in 98% of all whale-watching trips.

It is also the site of the first house built in Iceland, in the year 860, by Swedish viking Garðar Svavarsson. Húsavík is conveniently located for day trips to most of the major attractions in Iceland, part of the Arctic Coast Way and the starting point of the Diamond Circle.

Húsavík harbour frozen in winter time © Gaukur Hjartarson

In Winter

Don’t let the snow put you off coming over the winter! If anything, it’s simply another reason to come and visit. Seeing Iceland with snow seems like it´s wearing it’s natural gown. The waterfalls all take on a life ofView more

Featured Image Fascinating basalt formations form a so-called troll church at Hljóðaklettar Echo Rocks © Travel North


Húsavík and its near surroundings offer a uniquely wide variety of attractions, both natural and cultural. Do not miss a single one! There are many things to see within walking distance in Húsavík telling stories of the past and theView more

Featured Image GeoSea sea bath has mineral rich geothermal sea water © GeoSea


There is no risk of getting bored in Húsavík with the several activities available. Whale Watching, of course, but also much much more. Bathing and SwimmingThe area around Húsavík is famous for its geothermal springs, often believed to have healing powers.View more

Featured Image Some weekends Naustið offers brunch © Naustið

Food and Drinks

What about some fresh fish, a healthy vegetarian wrap, fresh baked cake or a cool beer? Looking for the right location for a romantic dinner or just a quick take-away on the go? Bars, cafés, restaurants and fast food –View more

Featured Image Each bedroom has it's own decor at Árból © Árból

Accommodation in and around Húsavík

Whether a queen size bed is just enough or a simple sleeping bag fulfills your needs, whether you want to soak in luxury or if you travel on a budget – Húsavík offers a great variety of accommodations to choose from.View more

Featured image Travel back in time at Grenjaðarstaður turf farmhouse © Safnahúsið

Practical Information

Here you can find useful information about transportation, how to get to Húsavík, services in town, shops, frequently asked questions and much more that will help you to prepare your trip and find your way around town. Did not findView more