Bakkahöfði & Gatanöf Rock Formation

Aurora Borealis above Bakkahöfði, two kilometers north of Húsavík © Gaukur Hjartarson
Aurora Borealis above Bakkahöfði, two kilometers north of Húsavík © Gaukur Hjartarson

Just about 3km north of Húsavík is a small peninsula with beautiful rock formations that form the perfect background for sunset and northern lights photography.

One formation is called Gatanöf and reminds of a giant elephant from a certain angle. The other is called Bakkahöfði and is at the tip of the peninsula. It is also possible to take a guided walk around the area and learn more about the breading birds and geology.

Getting There

Gatanöf © Gaukur Hjartarson
Gatanöf © Gaukur Hjartarson

Take road 85 and drive 3km north of town until you reach the PCC BakkiSilicon factory on the left. Turn in there but stay on the path heading straight in the direction of the sea. Since the road is often not in a good shape it is best to leave the car at the sandy area before the fence and walk the rest. Follow the dirt road about 200m then take the turn to the left and follow it along the seashore, cross the brook and follow it up the slope. First you will see Gatanöf on the left side and at the end Bakkahöfði. There is a path around the peninsula which is especially beautiful during sunset. The entire walk is about 2km.

GPS: 66°04’21.7″N 17°21’25.1″W