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The town of Húsavík sits below Húsavíkurfjall mountain on the eastern shore of Skjálfandi bay. Just above the town is lake Botnsvatn, a popular place for outings. The lake is just the right size for a nice hike around it. The lakes surroundings are rich in vegetation and bird life and trout is said to be abundant, though small.

Húsavík harbour lies below the bank right in the heart of town. The harbour once boasted a large fishing fleet, bustling with the activity of fishermen. It still serves as a fishing harbour but today's activity revolves more around the successful whale watching businesses. The first organised whale watching excursions in Iceland started from here in 1995. Since then, whale watching has become a major attraction and Húsavík continues to be the leading destination for whale watching. In addition to the tours, a fascinating whale museum is located right by the harbour.

Húsavík is considered to be the oldest settlement in Iceland. The Swedish explorer, Gardar Svavarsson, spent one winter there in 870 AD during which time he built himself a house from which the settlement derives its name.

Please note: Due to the local average temperatures in Iceland, we recommend you dress in layers. Coaches are not equipped with air conditioning. Local residents serve as guides and their accents may be at times difficult to understand.

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The ship is scheduled to anchor. Guests will be taken ashore via tenders. The centre of town can be reached on foot.


The most popular shopping is for traditional souvenirs such as woolens, ceramics and handcrafts. The local currency is the Icelandic Krona.


Fresh fish has a favourite place in local cuisine.

Other Sites

Húsavík Whale Centre is an informative museum on whales. The Húsavík museum and the Icelandic Phallological Museum are also both well worth visiting.

Silver Shore Privato is unavailable in Húsavík, due to the very limited number of qualified guides and suitable vehicles. Guests wishing to consider any private arrangements should enquire at for availability and price.

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