Húsavík

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Husavik is the largest town and administrative center of the Icelandic community Norðurþing  and has 2196 inhabitants. The first Viking, who proved to be in Iceland for a long time – the Swede Garðar Svavarson – spent the winter in Husavik. He named Iceland first of all, Garðarsholmur. A monument at the Husavik School commemorates him.

The former municipality Husavik (Isl Húsavíkurbær, municipality number 6100, area size 269 km ²) was merged in June 2006 with the rural communities Keldunes (Kelduneshreppur), Öxarfjörður  and Raufarhofn (Raufarhafnarhreppur) to the new municipality Norðurþing. In 2002, the rural community Reykjahreppur was incorporated into Húsavíkurbær.
Husavik is one of the largest cities in the north, which means that it is still a small village. It is characterized by fishing and fish processing as well as by tourism.

Access : Coordinates: 66.05, -17.316667 / By car : About the R1 of Reykjavik. / By plane
The nearest airport is in Akureyri. / By bus :  There is a bus to Akureyri and in the summer one to Reykjahlið to Myvatn with SBA.

Highlights :

  • Husavik Church , Garðarsbraut 11,in the middle of town , The church is open most days over the tourist season, and admission is free
  • Husavik Gardens , Botanists can enjoy a range of over 100 perennials and 50 different trees
  •  Kaðlín  Handicraft , Hafnarstett 1 ( same building as Husavik Whale Museum ) traditional Icelandic crafts
  • Husavik Museum , Stórigarður 17, Husavik, Opening hours : 1st June – 31st August, 10 – 18:00 every day. 1st September – 31st May, 10 – 16:00 every weekday. Admission
    Adults, ISK 800. Senior citizens, ISK 500. Children under 16 go free.
  • Husavik Whale Museum , Hafnarstett 1, Husavik,
  • Nature : Husavik mountain , walking to the top of Husavikurfjall / Lake Myvatn , the North/s answer to the Blue Lagoon
  • Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall , 90km from Husavik / Asbyrgi Canyon , A gigantic horseshoe-shaped rock formation , 45 minutes drive / Lake Botnsvatn , 2.7km from Husavik / Dettifoss Waterfall , / Dimmuborgir Lava Formations , 45 minutes drive south from Husavik
  • The Earthquake Centre , about 100km , Opening times : 1st june til 30th august from 13.00 til 17.00. / Eider Falls , 15 minute drive. / Flatey Island , On the opposite side of the bay to Husavik, access by guided trips
  • Goðafoss Falls , (49.9 km) via Norðausturvegur ,39 min drive / Krafla Caldera , 59 min drive (69.5 km) via Kisilvegur
  • Rauðanes Point , unusual rock formations on the tip of a beautiful inlet / Shaky Bay , bay on the north coast of Iceland, known around the world for its wildlife
  • Knútsstaðaborg Hollow / Hljoðaklettar Rock Formations : small tourist information office, car park , campsite ,open June 7 – September 15
  • Kaldbakstjarnir Lakes / Myvatn Nature Baths / ?eistareykir Lunar Landscape / Northern Lights , specialists offering tours to find the exact location / Flateyjarskagi Peninsula /

Activities : Sea Kayaking / Hiking , trails leads you to some of the most interesting sights in Iceland / Horse Riding / Whale Watching / Sea Angling / Mountain Bike / Superjeep tours / Golf Course / Bird Watching ,
The Diamond Circle in North Iceland is a paradise for bird watchers / Bathing and Swimming , in spas or local pools / Photo shooting

Go next : Mývatn /   Akureyri /  Egilsstaðir

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