Húsavík is a vibrant town on the north coast of Iceland, known as ‘The Whale-Watching Capital of Europe’. The town is surrounded by unique natural settings and historical landscapes. From Húsavík is less than an hour’s drive to three of Iceland’s biggest attractions: Lake Mývatn, Ásbyrgi canyon and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.
Húsavík offers a great variety of museums. At the Museum House are the Maritime Museum, Húsavík Folk Museum and The Public Library. On the top floor is a gallery with rotating exhibits of art. Near the harbor are the Húsavík Whale Museum and The Icelandic Phallological Museum.
Near the center of the town is a swimming pool with geothermal water and traditional Icelandic geothermal “hot pots” .
Just outside the town are a 9-hole Golf course and a horse rental. Laxá, one of Icelands best salmon rivers is located just a 10-minute drive from the town in the Aðaldalur Valley lava fields. Singer and actor Bing Crosby came to Húsavík on a number of occasions to fish in river Laxá. He was so inspired by the beauty of the river that he wrote a song about it. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Bill Anders have also fished in river Laxá, near its source at Lake Mývatn.
There are two supermarkets, three gas stations and plenty of cafes and restaurants in Húsavík.
Photos by Christian Spröte