Husavik town, north-east Iceland

GPS POINTS N65° 40′ 58.154″ W17° 32′ 58.487″

Husavik town, north-east Iceland

Location: North-east Iceland (75,5KM from Akureyri)
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Húsavík, meaning ‘the Bay of Houses’, is a small town in the Skjálfandi Bay with just over two thousand inhabitants.
The town, which possesses excellent conditions for whale watching during the summer has been named the whale watching capital of Iceland — the most common species in the bay are Humpback Whales. This species is particularly entertaining and fun to observe as they often show their tails before diving into the water.
Additionally, it is also common to witness Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises journeying across the bay.
Alongside the extremely sought-after activity, a plethora of spaces and activities can also be found in the area, including the Húsavíkurkirkja church, the Exploration Museum and Lake Mývatn.

The Candy Days festival in Husavik is an annual festival taking place the last weekend in July. The town is divided into three districts: Pink, Orange, and Green, and people decorate their houses, businesses, light posts and themselves in their colors. The population more than doubles during the festival, as many people who have moved away pick this weekend to come back for a visit, and the whole town is buzzing with life. During Mærudagar, there is something for everyone: art exhibitions, open-air theatre performances for kids of all ages, a parade, a golf tournament, a market and a small carnival at the harbor. The shops & restaurants are open longer, and there is live music all over town. In the evening, the port fills with people enjoying the music and meeting old and new friends.

For centuries, geothermal energy north of Húsavík has been known and used for bathing and washing.  The GeoSea sea baths are located on Húsavíkurhöfði and you have a view of the mountain range in the west, Skjálfandaflói below the cliffs and the Arctic Circle itself on the horizon. Public swimming pools can be found in the heart of Húsavík, the Heiðarbær camping site and also in Öxarfjörður.