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.