Húsavík

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Introduction

Húsavík is a town of approximately 2,500 inhabitants in North Iceland. It is the whale watching capital of Iceland, with whales sighted on over 95% of trips during the summer. Additionally, it gained some fame when it used to house the (in)famous Icelandic Phallological Museum, which has since moved to Reykjavík.

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Sights and Activities

The Exploration Museum, Héðinsbraut 3 (In town center), ☏ +3544642328, ✉ info@explorationmuseum.com. 9.00-17.00. The Exploration Museum is dedicated to the history of human exploration, from the early explorers to the exploration of space. The main exhibition room features photographs and artifacts from the Apollo Astronaut Training near Húsavík in 1965 and 1967. Other exhibition rooms feature the history of Viking exploration, Arctic explorers and a timeline of exploration history. 1000 kr.
Húsavík Whale Museum, Hafnarstétt 1, ☏ +354 414 2800, ✉ info@whalemuseum.is. June, July & August: 08:00 – 18:30 daily; April, May & September: 9:00 – 16:00 daily; October to March: 10:00 – 15:30 weekdays (closed between 12:00 – 13:00); Other times by arrangement (Mobile: +354 866 7020). Adults: 1300 kr.
Húsavíkurkirkja. This wooden church built in 1907 is probably the most recognisable landmark of the town.
The Icelandic Phallological Museum, which used to be here, has moved to Reykjavík.

Whale watching

Húsavík is one of the main destinations for whale watching in Iceland. The species that can be seen on the tours include blue whale, humpback whale, minke, fin whale, harbour porpoise and white-beaked dolphin. Whale watching season is April through October.

Gentle Giants, 640 Húsavík, ☏ +354 464 1500, ✉ info@gentlegiants.is. April-October. Whale watching, puffin watching, sea angling and other tours, depending on the season. From €56 / 3 hour tour (adult).
North Sailing, ☏ +354 464 7272, fax: +354 464 2351, ✉ info@northsailing.is. April-October. Whale watching, puffin watching and other tours, depending on the season. From €58 / 3 hour tour (adult).

Horse riding

Apart from whale watching, horse riding is another good option for tourists passing through the town of Húsavík. It's a good opportunity to come across the rugged Icelandic breed and also get to do some sightseeing on horseback at the same time.

Saltvík Hestamiðstöð. Horse riding tours are offered at Saltvík farm, about 5 km from Húsavík.

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Weather

Average highs range from 1 °C in January to 14 °C in July and August, with lows averaging between -4 °C and 7 °C respectively. The average annual amount of precipitation is about 550mm, with most of that falling during the second half of the year, with a peak in October at over 100mm.

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Getting There

You can get to Húsavík by car or by bus. The nearest domestic airport is Húsavík airport about 5 min drive to town, operated by Ernir. There is also an airport in Akureyri (about 1 hour by car).

Strætó connects Húsavík with Akureyri with a bus one to three times a day. The bus is number 79.

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Getting Around

Like most Icelandic villages, Húsavík is easy to cover by foot. There is no public transport available.

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Eat

Gamli Baukur (on the waterfront in an old wood building). They have an excellent selection of fish, soups, and salads. Downstairs is the small restaurant and upstairs a lively, little bar.
Salka, Garðarsbraut 6 (A green house right by the main road.), ☏ +354 464 2551. Restaurant/pizzeria, where is also possible to taste puffin.
Naustið, Naustagarður 2 (A yellow house by the harbour), ☏ +354 464 1520. Nice and simple seafood restaurant.
Pallurinn (Behind the Gentle Giants ticket center), ☏ +354 496 1440. An interesting tent restaurant where they grill whole lambs. Very nice food with reasonable prices. Only open during the summer season.

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Sleep

Húsavík guesthouse (Gistiheimili Húsavíkur), Laugarbrekka 16 (five minute walk to the harbour and one minute walk to the swimming pool), ☏ +354 463 3399. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: noon. A friendly guesthouse, built in 1947 and renovated in 2009. Open all year. Breakfast is served from 7:30 to til 10:00. Wireless Internet access in all rooms. Double/Twin room with breakfast from €85.
Kaldbaks-kot cottages, Kaldbakur (2 km south of Husavik town), ☏ +3544641504. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: noon. Within the town, 1200 meters from the center. Eighteen new cottages built of timber logs, 18-25 square meters in size, with all facilities (WC, shower, kitchen, TV, radio, refrigerator, kitchen utensils, toaster, stove, etc.) Big terrace. Beautiful view. Very private and convenient. From €90.
Guesthouse Arbol, ☏ +354 464 2220, fax: +354 464 1463. Asgardsvegi 2. A small cozy guesthouse with 8 rooms near the waterfront. Prices vary from 8.800 kr. (single bed room) during off season to 10.600 kr. (single bed room) during peak season and includes breakfast. Bathrooms are shared but very clean and towels are provided.
Húsavík Cape Hotel (Hótel Húsavíkurhöfði), Höfði 24 (five minute walk to the harbour and two minute walk to the swimming pool), ☏ +354 463 3399. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. 16 room hotel at Húsavík Cape, with view over the town and Skjálfandi bay. Double/Twin room with breakfast from €150.
Fosshotel Husavik, ☏ +354 464 1003. Ketilsbraut 22. A well-equipped hotel in the center. Single and double rooms, as well as superior "whale-themed" rooms. Restaurant/pizzeria and bar facilities. Internet access in the lobby.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Most of Iceland is well connected. Most homes have ADSL connections which work well most of the time. There is however a firewall which can cause connections problems especially at busy times. Most hotels, guesthouses, hostels, cafés etc. have a working Wi-Fi network. Generally it's free of charge, but sometimes there might be a small fee or limited amount of time. There are a couple of public computers at the University of Iceland and the National Library that you can use for free and without the need to log in.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international telephone code is 354. National numbers in Iceland are seven digits long and generally written in the form xxx xxxx or xxx-xxxx.
There are no area codes in this closed numbering plan and the international call prefix is 00. Numbers of mobile phones tend to begin with either 6xx xxxx, 7xx xxxx or 8xx xxxx, while land line numbers start with 5xx xxxx (in Reykjavík) or 4xx xxxx (the country side). The Icelandic emergency number is 112 for all services.

Internally, phone calls in Iceland are very reasonable priced and most providers offer friends and family discounts or free calls/messaging to same network phones. International calling cards are available in most convenience stores which can significantly reduce the cost of international calls.

There are three main companies who supply personal internet connections: siminn Vodafone and Talk. It is very important to get full details of the charges and excess charges as it is very easy to run up a huge bill without being aware of it, especially on a mobile connection. You can buy a local SIM card, if you have an unlocked mobile phone. The major internet companies can supply 3G mobile internet on a monthly basis. If you are travelling be sure to check the coverage because the mobile connection is not as wide as the mobile phone connection.

Post

Iceland's Postal Service (tel. 580-1200) is reliable and efficient. General post office hours in Reykjavík are 9:00am to 6:00pm weekdays, but post offices close earlier elsewhere. Mailboxes are bright red and marked Pósturinn. Stamps are sold at many locations, including Nóatún supermarkets; N1, Olís, and Shell gas stations; and some bookstores. Mail typically takes 3 to 5 business days to reach Europe or the United States. If you are importing goods through the post, it takes a while to sort out the customs and tax based on the value of the item, so be sure to have receipts readily available. For sending packages you can also use international courier companies like TNT, UPS, FedEx or DHL, since they are fast, reliable and generally competitively priced as well.

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