Project Description


The Whale Capital of Iceland

Húsavík is often referred to as Iceland’s whale-watching capital and has without a doubt become a favourite on traveller’s journeys. The colourful houses, unique museums and stunning snow-capped peaks across the bay make Húsavík one of the most beautiful fishing towns in northeast Iceland.

Húsavík is one of the oldest settlements in Iceland and is also the largest town in Þingeyjarsýsla district, with a population of 2200 inhabitants, and acts as the service centre for the surrounding areas. The cultural life in Húsavík is very vibrant, with drama societies and an impressive musical scene that offer inhabitants and visitors a variety of concerts and frequent cultural events. Other attractions on offer are the beautiful botanical garden, Skrúðgarður, a camping site, a golf course and many hiking trails that suit all abilities.


GPS: 65.9729562,-18.565373



Húsavík is often referred to as Iceland’s whale-watching capital. Whale watching is an amazing experience and everyone that has the chance should see these magnificent creatures in their natural inhabitance. Húsavík has some excellent whale watching tour operations that offer all kinds of whale watching tours. You can be sure to being safe and comfortable on these tours, however, if you tend to get seasick be recommend taking appropriate medication so you can fully enjoy this amazing experience.


With Gentle Giants you can experience exciting seafaring adventures. They are located in the famous whale watching town Húsavík and with a 98% success rate of spotting whales, they strive to raise general awareness and interest in whales and their habitat. Gentle Giants have a background of more than 150 years of family history in the bay, so it is guaranteed that you will have expert guides and captains while experiencing unforgettable adventures with Gentle Giants.

In addition to whale watching tours, Gentle Giants offer a range of exciting tours for those interested in experiencing the lively natural environment around Húsavík.

For further information in regards to schedules, prices etc, you can visit their website, or call them on +354 464 1500.

This was spectacular!! I recommend spending a bit more money and taking the speed boat. It goes much faster and you can zoom around to get close to the whales before they dive under. We were a couple meters from a whale that came to the surface and seen more 6-8 humpback whales. Our tour guides played good tunes on the boat ride out there and it was SO fun!!! Highly recommend!!!
Lisa D - Trip Advisor


whale museumMake sure you don’t rush off after a tour of whale watching, as you can learn even more about the huge and impressive creatures that often come and visit the bay in this excellent whale museum. It explains the ecology and habits of whales, conservation and the history of whaling in Iceland through beautiful displays.

husavik-cultureThis is Húsavíks cultural centre. There are two permanent Exhibitions at the Culture House, the Maritime exhibition and the new, Man and Nature – 100 years in Þingeyjarsýslur. An art gallery is located on the top floor and a multipurpose show room is located on the ground floor. There is also a corner to rest, examine maps, read books from the library and a hotspot to go online.This is the perfect place to spend time learning about the natural and cultural history of the area.

husavik-maerudagarOn the last weekend in July, Húsavík invites people from around the region to celebrate together for a weekend of family fun and activities. The locals decorate the town in different colours to divide Húsavík into three parts, each part with its own theme for the celebration.

The festival has grown immensely every year and is now one of the biggest of it’s kind in northern Iceland. The program is diverse, and everyone should be able to find something that they find interesting. Music is always a big part of the festival with numerous musical act and concerts throughout the weekend. The highlights from last year’s festival included laser tag in the forest, barbecues at the swimming pool, a ram show, an arts and crafts market by the harbour, or a motorcycle exhibition at the gas station.

husavika_swimming pollaEvery town in Iceland should have at least one geothermal swimming pool, and Húsavík is no exception. It is well sought by both locals and tourists all year round. It has hot tubs, a 17-meter swimming pool, a splash pool, and water slides for the kids. It is open every day, but make sure you check out the opening times before you go as it differs between summer and winter season.



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Gentle Giants has a 98% success rate of spotting whales and they strive to raise general awareness and interest in whales and their habitat.