Húsavík the whale-watching town in the Northern Region

  • The Church in Húsavík is a timber building, built in 1906 and consecrate in 1907. It is a beautiful building and for years housed the whole community of Húsavík.
    The Church in Húsavík is a timber building, built in 1906 and consecrate in 1907. It is a beautiful building and for years housed the whole community of Húsavík.
  • Húsavík has good sports facilities for outdoor sports like soccer and track and field
    Húsavík has good sports facilities for outdoor sports like soccer and track and field
  • Húsavík has one of the best Camping Sites in Iceland
    Húsavík has one of the best Camping Sites in Iceland
  • Most of the homes are single-family houses
    Most of the homes are single-family houses
  • Most of the homes are single-family houses, some of them quite big
    Most of the homes are single-family houses, some of them quite big
  • Located in a gorgeous landscape, Húsavík is a beautiful town
    Located in a gorgeous landscape, Húsavík is a beautiful town
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • There are also many beautiful houses from the forties and fifties
    There are also many beautiful houses from the forties and fifties
  • The harbour in Húsavík is simply a joyful place to visit with activities from shark catchers to fabulous whale watching boats
    The harbour in Húsavík is simply a joyful place to visit with activities from shark catchers to fabulous whale watching boats
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • The town has a gorgeous swimming pool
    The town has a gorgeous swimming pool
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
  • Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland
    Húsavík is a bautiful small town in the Northern Region in Iceland

Húsavík town, part of the Norðurþing munipalicity with a population of 2.815 in 2016, is a beautiful fishing town in the Northern Region in Iceland.  Húsavík is Nr. 1 on our list of the most interesting towns and village in Iceland.  It is located near the most beautiful and most interesting tourist attractions and natural wonders in Iceland.  Jökulsárgljúfur canyon, the home of many natural wonders and breathtaking places. Places like Dettifoss waterfall, Hólmatungur, Ásbyrgi and Mývatn to name a few.  Historically it is also a place of great importance.  One could argue that Húsavík (the bay of houses) is the first place inhabited by people in Iceland.  The second Viking Explorer, who arrived in Iceland in the second half of the 9th century, built the first house by the bay and stayed her for one winter.  Garðar Svavarsson named the island Garðarshólmi after himself, but the name didn’t stick. Historically Húsavík has been an important place in Iceland ever since Vikings started to settle here.

Húsavík has a long history of trading

Interestingly it has been a place for trading for ages and also a place that has throughout centuries taken advantages of the fishing grounds in Skjálfandi bay. It was a trading place in the middle ages, and later at the time of the notorious Danish–Icelandic Trade Monopoly, also when the annex trading period dominated trading and later when independent trading and Cooperative Societies finally took over much of the trading in Iceland.

A fishing town with huge tourist attraction

Today fishing and fish processing are the main sources of income for most residents in Húsavík. The first motorboats came to Húsavík in the first decade of the 20th century.  This development made a huge difference and only two decades later a permanent harbor was built that cleared the way for further development in fishing on a larger scale.  In recent years, Húsavík has made an impressive entrance into the tourist industry. The initiative of offering whale-watching tours to Skjálfandi bay years ago has resulted in the label "Whale-Watching capital" of the world when people refer to Húsavík.

An attractive town all year long

Húsavík has always been considered a pleasant town to live in with good service for the residents.  From early on education was a priority like most towns and villages in Iceland. The first school was built at the end of the 19th century.  Today there are good schools from kindergarten to high school.  The town has a gorgeous swimming pool, a sports center and great sports faculties, a community center and a theater.  It also has a hospital, health care and good care for the elderly.  The Church in Húsavík is a timber building, built in 1906 and consecrate in 1907. It is a beautiful building and for years housed the whole community of Húsavík.

Most of the homes in Húsavík are single-family houses. The town has a few old houses and an impressive small center with nice restaurants and cafés.  Húsavík is a warm area; heated with hot water from a geothermal plant and is thus part of the green energy revolution that started in Iceland more than a century ago.

If you are going to visit the Northern Region in Iceland you might be looking for a places to stay. Here you can book from a selection of accommodationin the Húsavík region.

Below is the location of Húsavík on the map of Iceland

Tours and things to do in the North Region in Iceland

Find an interesting tour in the North Region. A tour from Akureyri or Húsavík to Jökulsárgljúfur. A whale watching tour, a tour to the highland and much more.

River Rafting in Iceland

A rafting tour on a whitewater glacial river floating through a canyon is probably something you can not experience in many places.  Floating in a raft on the strong stream through a magnificent landscape is likely to be once in a lifetime experience for most people. This trip is ideal for those who want to enjoy some adventure but still have a relaxing trip and inhale some breathtaking scenery and landscape as part of the river is quite calm.  For family rafting, the West Glacial River is the best and is classed 2-3. 

River Rafting in Bakkaflöt in the Northern Region

Whale Watching in Húsavík

At Húsavík town in the Northern Region, you are in the whale watching capital of Iceland and possibly the world. This whale watching tour is unique as you take the tour on a traditional Icelandic sailing boat. It is an experience quite unlike any other taking the course under sails aiming to see the magnificent animals of the ocean. It is a combination of adventure and anticipation. 

Whale Watching in Húsavík

Húsavík in the Northern Region is the whale watching capital of Iceland and possibly the world.  North Sailing has operated their tours for more than two decades and is the most experienced whale watching company in Iceland.  It was our first choice when looking for a partner to offer a whale watching tour on Hit Iceland.