Discover the Whale Capital of Iceland.
With a local guide.
During the tour, a local guide shows Húsavík’s best spots and some hidden gems, starting from Húsavíkurkirkja, the iconic wooden church built in 1907, and then moving to Skrúðgarðurinn, the attractive town gardens where the bubbling Búðara flanks the winding path and small wooden bridges criss-cross the brook.
Other locations visited are the area of the oldest house ever built in Iceland, by Swedish explorer Garðar Svavarsson in winter 870, and a panoramic viewpoint over the harbour, heart of the town in the past which even nowadays, in a different way, is the core of the local community.
While walking, history, culture and folklore emerge, unusual local tales and fun facts are told. This walking tour is the perfect starting point in one’s trip to Húsavík, which may continue in one of the 3 town museums.
The Whale Museum is unique in its kind in Iceland and in all Europe. Several real whale skeletons are displayed in the museum, including the impressive Blue Whale and the peculiar Narwhal, and various exhibits – including a recent one on whaling – allow the visitors to get an insight into the biology and habitat of these fascinating creatures.
The Exploration Museum features peculiar exhibits on the human need of always going beyond. In particular, stories about the Apollo astronauts who trained in Iceland in the 60s – before flying to the Moon – will be told. An original Mercator’s map of Iceland, dating 1596, is unmissable. Other sections include Vikings and Polar explorers.
In Safnahús lots of more stories and facts will be told being inspired by the exhibition. On the main floor, in the Húsavík Museum, among many other interesting items, a stuffed Polar Bear is exhibited. In the basement, the beautiful Maritime Museum is accessible to take a close look at traditional fishing and sailing vessels.
Availability: all year round.
Departure point: Travel North office.
Departure time: 2:00 p.m. On request, tours available at different times.
Tour duration: 1+ hours (+ optional visit of a museum).
Included: local English-speaking guide for the duration of the tour.
Optional: admission to the museum chosen.
Group size: minimum number of participant is 2, maximum number of participant is 25.
Please note: distance walked during the tour is approx. 3km, on easy and mainly flat terrain.
Bookings: for scheduled departures, please use the form below. For other departures, please contact us.