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Húsavík and its near surroundings offer a uniquely wide variety of attractions, both natural and cultural. There are many things to see within walking distance in Húsavík telling stories of the past and the development of the town. Húsavík is a haven for whale watching enthusiasts, boasting the highest sighting rate in Iceland. The thriving ecosystem, nourished by melting snow and mineral-rich currents, teems with plankton and fish, attracting baleen whales aplenty.

After a day out on the bay, you can enjoy our museums, bathing in the warm geothermal waters and explore the town and sourroundings on one of many tours available, on foot, bike or horseback.

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Natural wonders

Nestled on the edge of Skjálfandi Bay, the town of Húsavík is globally recognised as one of the best locations in the world from which to watch whales. In fact, there is a higher chance of seeing whales in Húsavík than any other place in Iceland.

The reason for such a high sighting rate in this area is the thriving ecosystem in the bay. Melting snow and rivers bring nutrients from mineral-rich locations and meet three ocean currents int he bay. When combined with the boundless summer sun, this leads to teeming masses of plankton and fish, the main source of food for baleen whales.

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