GREETINGS FROM THE WHALE-WATCHING CAPITAL OF ICELAND

Tucked away on the northern coast of Iceland along the picturesque shores of Skjálfandi Bay is Husavik—a small fishing community that has garnered a well-deserved reputation as one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world.

Over 23 different species of whale have been recorded in Icelandic waters, with the most common visitors to Skjálfandi Bay being humpbacks, minke, and blue. Blue whales are especially impressive to behold. Known as the largest animal on Earth, a blue whale’s tongue alone can weigh more than an elephant.

While Husavik is best known for whales that swim freely throughout its waters, there’s more to see and do here on Iceland cruises. Visit the Exploration Museum—a facility dedicated to intrepid adventurers who came before you. Or, relax in a geothermal spring south of town.

Being a fishing town, Husavik is also the perfect place to enjoy fresh, local seafood. Be sure to try Fiskisúpa (fish soup) during your visit, and, if you’re feeling adventurous, Hákarl—a traditional Icelandic treat made from fermented shark.

Húsavíkurkirkja

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The Húsavíkurkirkja, a church in Husavik, Iceland

Húsavíkurkirkja

Husavik’s most famous landmark, Húsavíkurkirkja is a wooden church constructed more than 100 years ago with Norwegian timber. Striking to behold, the interior of this church is known for its altarpiece depicting the resurrection of Lazarus.

The Whale Museum

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The snowy mountains of Husavik, Iceland, as seen from a canoe in the Norweigian Sea

The Whale Museum

If you can’t get enough of Husavik’s whales, visit the brilliantly curated displays at the Húsavík Whale Museum. Here, learn the habits of whales, the history of whaling in Iceland, and get educated on the ongoing conservation efforts to keep them safe.

Dettifoss

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Dettifoss waterfall at the Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland

Dettifoss

Known as “The Beast,” Dettifoss is Europe’s mightiest waterfall. Located about an hour east of town and towering above its rocky surroundings, this thundering behemoth is among the most striking sights in all of Iceland.

Husavik, Iceland At a glance

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GPS: 66°2'41.55"N 17°20'48.94"E
Population: 2,182
Country Code: 354

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