Kaldbakstjarnir Lakes

Offering fantastic views back towards Husavik Mountain and across the bay to Flateyjarskagi Peninsula, the lakes of Kaldbakstjarnir are a wonderful place to take a walk at any time of year. A peaceful location to have a picnic, in the autumn the surrounding heathland here is covered in berries, ripe and ready for your dessert.

An easily accessible area of natural beauty within walking distance of Húsavík and a popular option for those interested in birdwatching, there is usually a range of species to be seen, with regulars including the Horned Grebe and the Red Breasted Merganser.

Opposite the entrance you will also find a smaller body of water with some peculiar characteristics. Firstly, as you may discern from the rising mist, this is a geothermal pond (in which some people choose to bathe) but secondly, it is also home to one of the world’s most northerly Goldfish populations. Unwanted pets released by locals, this is a particularly bizarre sight to see in the winter, with heavy snow all around.


GETTING THERE
Head southwest from Húsavík on the main road. Take the first turning right after Kaldbaks Cottages to reach the main lakes. Opposite this turning is a short path to the geothermal goldfish pond.
View route map from Húsavík


LINKS
View bird sightings at Lake Kaldbakstjarnir
Birding Iceland
Birding Iceland Facebook page
Icelandic Identification Site


NEARBY THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Horseriding
Whalewatching
The Hollow of Knutstaðaborg
Kaldbakstjarnir lakes
The Lunar Landscape of Þeistareykir

 

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