Top 5 Things to Do in Húsavík
Most travelers visit Húsavík for the famous whale watching. There is, however, a substantial number of other activities and things to do in Húsavík!
Húsavík is in the North of Iceland. It’s roughly an hour-drive away from Akureyri, the capital of Northern Iceland. The perfect conditions for whale watching have put Húsavík on the map as the whale watching capital of Iceland.
Being renowned as the whale watching capital of Iceland, thousands of travelers visit Húsavík every year with the hope of spotting whales. Naturally, as seeing the cetaceans is simply amazing! No one should wonder why this is one of the biggest attractions in Iceland. Additionally, the choice of activities and restaurants are now plentiful.
Although it’s really difficult to choose our top 5 activities, as there are so many, this is our list of the best things to do in Húsavík!
5. The Whale Museum
The Whale Museum in Húsavík is a great way to spend your day. Whether as a warm-up prior your whale watching excursion, as a way to relax after a great day out at sea, or simply to gaze at the many exhibits the Whale Museum is a place to spend your day!
The newest addition to the Whale Museum’s exhibition is the stunning, life-size Blue Whale skeleton. Blue Whales are the largest mammals ever known to have existed, and the skeleton is huge, to say the least! In addition to the Blue Whale, there are numerous other different whale skeletons.
If you’re more interested in living creatures, North Sailing offers great whale watching tours so you can see the whales alive and well! Additionally, North Sailing’s boarding pass grants you a 20% discount to the Whale Museum!
4. Gamli Baukur Restaurant
Built from driftwood, this lovely restaurant is located just right next to the harbour. The wood panelled interior and numerous maritime artifacts and fixtures on the walls and in the ceiling provide a cosy and comfortable atmosphere.
Specialising in seafood, Gamli Baukur offers a great selection of quality dishes. Additionally, as the restaurant’s policy focuses on keeping it local, many ingredients come from places nearby! That way you know your meal is fresh! Great for localvores!
Ps. If you go whale watching with North Sailing, just show your boarding pass when you’re paying for your meal and get 10% discount! The perfect place to eat after the whale watching trip!
3. Húsavík Adventures Whale Watching
With a maximum capacity of only 12 passengers, it’s a great way to travel around Skjálfandi bay. Additionally, the RIB boats get you into close proximity to the whales.
If you’re an adventure seeker looking for a 2-hour whale watching tour on a RIB boat, Húsavík Adventures whale watching tour is the one you’re looking for!
2. GeoSea Geothermal Sea Baths
Nature baths are awesome. It’s that simple. You’ve heard of Blue Lagoon and Mývatn Nature Baths, right? GeoSea will be just as amazing. I mean, what’s not to love? It’s a place that has everything! Fantastic atmosphere to relax, geothermal water, and scenes to die for! Oh, and beer.
I can’t imagine anything better after a whale watching tour with North Sailing than having lunch or dinner in Gamli Baukur Restaurant and then relaxing in GeoSea’s Geothermal Sea Baths! A perfect way to spend a day in Húsavík!
1. Whale Watching With North Sailing
What else could it be? It’s without a doubt the best thing to do in Húsavík! Not only do we have a more than 20 years of experience but also do our passengers completely agree! We’re proudly rated #1 on TripAdvisor!
Nowhere else on the planet can you join a whale watching tour on an electric boat, therefore sailing in complete silence! We take pride in offering carbon-neutral and environmentally-friendly options ensuring sustainability. Additionally, the silent whale watching gives us the opportunity to quietly approach the whales in their natural habitat causing them a minimum disturbance!
How about going whale watching while reducing your carbon footprint? Sounds pretty awesome to us!
However, if seeing the legendary puffin or hoisting sails on a traditional Icelandic schooner, we’ve got you covered! Our whale watching and puffin tour takes you up to the renowned Puffin Island, the home of over 200,000 puffins! For obvious reasons, that tour is extremely popular! Additionally, if you want to participate in a real sailing adventure you can join our whale watching and sailing tour! Sit back and relax or assist the crew as you sail through the wonders of Skjálfandi bay!
For more information about all of our #1 rated whale watching, you can check out all of our whale watching tours here!