Things To See

Húsavík and its near surroundings offer a uniquely wide variety of attractions, both natural and cultural. Do not miss a single one!

Top attractions in and around Húsavík

Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall
Aldeyjarfoss is one of most impressive waterfalls on the Skjálfandafljót River. Tumbling through a narrow passage into a wide basin, the symmetrical black basalt surrounds provide a stark contrast against the thrashing white foam, making it oft considered one of Iceland’s photographic gems.
The Arctic Henge
Set in one of the most remote and northernmost villages in Iceland, the Arctic Henge is a monument for the island’s Pagan worshippers, the Ásatrú. Similar to Stonehenge, the Arctic Henge is like a huge sundial, aiming to capture the sun’s rays, cast shadows in precise locations and capture the light between aligned gateways.
Ásbyrgi Canyon
A gigantic, anomalous, horseshoe-shaped rock formation, Ásbyrgi stands guard next to the northern entrance to the 35km Jokulsa Canyon. With geological wonders such as Hljoðaklettar and Dettifoss inside, the Jokulsa Canyon forms one of the most admired walking destinations in the country.
Lake Botnsvatn
Deep-set beneath the colourful slopes of Húsavík Mountain, a fair distance from civilisation, Lake Botnsvatn is a particularly serene and peaceful location to visit. For those wishing to relax, it´s pleasant to picnic at the water’s edge. Or if you would like to go fishing, you are welcome, you don’t have to buy a permit.
The Design Factory
The Design Factory (Hönnunarverksmiðjan) is a designer workshop located on the second floor in the old fisherman’s stockroom, right next to Café Skuld. Hönnunarverksmiðjan is a fascinating place to visit if you are interested in design and art.
Dettifoss Waterfall
Referred to by some as ´The Beast’ in comparison to ‘The Beauty’ of Goðafoss, this monstrous behemoth of a waterfall is guaranteed to steal your breath away. Set within stark, rocky surrounds, with bone-shatteringly sheer drops on either side, there couldn´t be a more fitting backdrop for such untethered natural power.
Dimmuborgir Lava Formations
Twisted towers of coagulated rock breach the earth’s surface to form a lava field full of giant pillars, chimneys and tubes. These dramatic structures never fail to impress and are completely unique, the only other similar land mass known to exist, being beneath the sea, off the coast of Mexico.
The Earthquake Center
At The Earthquake Centre in Kópasker you can find installations and photographs of seismic activity around the world, aswell as in depth information about the region’s unusual geography. In particular, there is an emphasis on the tectonic activity in the ’70s and ’80s which resulted in, not only an earthquake in Kópasker but also the volcanic eruptions at Lake Mývatn.
Eider Falls
The Eider Falls are one of the closest waterfalls to Húsavík. Though not one of the more famous waterfalls in Northeast Iceland, its view and proximity to the town make it well worth the venture. Known in Icelandic as Æðafossar they are located about 10 kilometres from Húsavík in the River Laxá.
The Exploration Museum
The Exploration Museum is dedicated to the history of human exploration, from the early explorers to the exploration of space. The museum is located in the center of Húsavík in North Iceland, thirty miles from the Arctic Circle. The main exhibition room features photographs and artifacts from the Apollo Astronaut Training near Húsavík in 1965 and 1967.
Flatey Island
Flatey is an abandoned island settlement on the edge of Skjálfandi Bay. Spread flat, this veritable pancake of an island is rich with bird fauna, with over 30 different types of bird to watch, including both the dive-bombing Arctic Tern and the comedic, baked-potato-like Puffins. Boat trips to the island are available from Húsavik harbour.
Goðafoss Falls
The Waterfall of The Gods. Located directly off the ring road itself, this is one waterfall you need no excuse to see. An impressive site any time of year, in late spring, if you can catch it while there´s still icicles bedecking it´s sides, it´s a particularly otherworldly place to visit.
Húsavík Church
Adding a distinctly quaint feel to the town, one of the most significant landmarks in Húsavík, is the church. Standing at a respectable twenty-six metres high, it looks out across the harbour, ready to welcome the fishermen home after a weary day.
Húsavík Whale Museum
The Húsavík Whale Museum is a fascinating place located by the harbour. The museum has life size whalebones and 11 skeletons. It’s unique exhibitions and whale-related emphasis make the museum one of its kind.
Kaðlín Handicraft
Húsavík´s number one location to buy traditional Icelandic crafts, Kaðlín is a great place to buy presents during your stay. Floor to ceiling with homemade goodies, it’s a lovely spot not only for gifts, but also for things to enjoy while you’re here.
Krafla Caldera
Krafla is a caldera of about 10 kilometers in diameter with a 90 kilometers long fissure zone. Its highest peak reaches up to 818 meters and it is 2 kilometers in depth.
Lake Mývatn
Lake Mývatn is a shallow eutrophic lake. The lake and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of waterbirds, especially ducks. The lake was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents.
Mánárbakki Folk Museum
The Mánárbakki Folk Museum is situated about 20 kilometers north of Húsavík. The museum displays many everyday items from the 20th century and Icelandic folk art. The owner and curator, Adalgeir Egilsson, has been a compulsive collector from early childhood.
Rauðanes is a beautiful inlet west of Thistilfjord. There are interesting caves and rock formations and varied bird life. Drive up to the farm Vellir where you will find a parking lot and a map with information on a 7 km long walking path. A wonderful spot for nature lovers.
Shaky Bay
Shaky Bay (Skjálfandi) is a large bay on the north coast of Iceland. There are two islands in Shaky Bay. The larger one is Flatey, which name means Flat Island, and the smaller one is Lundey, which means Puffin Island. Shaky Bay is known around the world for its wildlife and whales. Húsavík sits on the eastern shore of the bay.
Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum
Lake Mývatn is famed for it’s bird-life, with the only breeding colony of Barrow’s Goldeneye in Europe and many other rare waterbirds. As such, this is the perfect location for a bird museum, and with 330 stuffed specimens, an extensive egg collection, an aviary, and more, Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum does not disappoint.
Tungulending Harbour
Fifteen minutes north of Húsavík is one of Iceland´s only fossil beaches, Tungulending. Set beside an old deserted lumpfish factory with a small concrete jetty and a shipwrecked boat, it´s a picturesque location to visit, with excellent views of Lundey Island.
The Turf House Museum
Steep yourself in Iceland´s rural past by taking a wander in one of its largest turf house settlements. Highlights include the porcelain teacup with protection for one´s moustache, an engagement ring made of human hair and some elaborately decorated baking moulds.
Ystafell Transportation Museum
From weird, repurposed tanks used to deliver milk, to giant snowmobile buses that look straight off the set of Dune, the Transport Museum has collected and preserved 50 years worth of vehicles, and set it on display in a wonderfully remote location. Covering an array of automobilia, along with the cars themselves, there´s photographs and information to read about Iceland’s transportation history.
Gljúfrastofa Visitor Center
Gljúfrastofa is the visitor centre for Vatna Glacier National Park, located in Ásbyrgi Canyon. The center provides comprehensive information about the park, its surroundings, hiking trails, natural attractions, history, services and recreational options.