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Located on the north coast of Iceland, is the small, picturesque fishing town of Husavik, where you can find a unique collection of museums, and incredible whale watching.

Husavik is the ideal base for exploring the northern coast of Iceland, where you can explore the Diamond Circle, and experience the country’s best whale watching. Situated on the shores of Skjálfandi Bay, humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises – and the occasional blue whale - can be observed from restored oak fishing boats. 

An array of interesting seabirds can also be spotted off the coast of Husavik, including fulmar, Arctic tern, northern gannet, common guillemot, razorbill and great black-backed gull. 

Within the town, there is a famous landmark called Húsavíkurkirkja - a wooden church built in 1907 - as well as a few fascinating museums. One of the most popular attractions is Husavik whale museum, where you can observe whale skeletons, and learn more about the cetaceans that frequent Icelandic shores. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, minke whale, white-beaked dolphin, harbour porpoise, fulmar
  • Where: Norðurþing Muncipality, Iceland

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Humpback Whales in Summer

This varied self-drive itinerary explores the remote fjords and natural wonders along the north coast of Iceland, visiting Husavik - Europe's whale watching capital – to see humpbacks and minke whales, the incredible Dettifoss waterfall and the volcanic features of Lake Mývatn.

  • When to go: May-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 8 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Husavik Cape Hotel

Husavik Cape Hotel is situated just a short walk from the fishing town, whale museum and whale watching harbour, and is the ideal base for exploring the natural wonders of the Diamond Circle, including Lake Mytavn, the incredible Dettifoss and Goðafoss Waterfalls and Ásbyrgi Canyon.