66.0450° N, 17.3383° W
Húsavík, meaning ,,Bay of houses’’ is a part of Norðurþing municipality and is also known as the whale watching capital of the world. Populated by 2300 inhabitants this stunning little town located in Skjálfandi Bay in the north of Iceland offers a wide variety of attractions both natural and cultural. It’s a known fact that Húsavík is one of the best places in the world to see whales and you have the best chance of seeing whales there than anywhere else in Iceland. The reason for this bay is so popular amongst whales is the thriving ecosystem. Three ocean currents enter the bay with teeming masses of plankton and fish, which is the main source of food for baleen whales.
Húsavík is a part of the Diamond circle and the Arctic coast way and the iconic landmark is its beautiful church, Húsavíkurkirkja, built-in 1907 and designed by the Icelandic architect Rögnvaldur Ólafsson, who designed the building inspired by Swiss chalets.
Húsavík served as the setting of the 2020 Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, a comedic story of two Húsavík natives representing Iceland in the Eurovision Song Contest, with one of the film’s songs named after the town. Residents of the town reported a significant jump in tourism following the film’s release.