Top things to do

Top Choice Seafood in Húsavík


In a new location away from the harbour, buttercup-yellow Naustið wins praise for its super-fresh fish and a simple concept that's well executed: skewers of fish and vegetables, grilled to order. There’s also fish s…
Top Choice Church in Húsavík


Húsavík’s beloved church is quite different from anything else seen in Iceland. Constructed in 1907 from Norwegian timber, the delicately proportioned red-and-white church would look more at home in the Alps. Its cr…
Top Choice Museum in Húsavík

Húsavík Whale Museum

This excellent museum provides all you ever need to know about the impressive creatures that visit Skjálfandi bay. Housed in an old harbourside slaughterhouse, the museum interprets the ecology and habits of whales,…
Top Choice Gardens in Húsavík


A walk along the duck-filled stream of the endearing town park, which is as scenic as the waterfront area, offers a serene break. Access is via a footbridge on Ásgarðsvegur, or beside Árból guesthouse.
Cafe in Húsavík

Café Hvalbakur

With a sun-trap terrace overlooking the waterfront, this friendly cafe – owned by North Sailing – serves a big cabinet full of baguettes, wraps, muffins and cakes. Good coffee too. It's just down the stairs from the…
Fast Food in Húsavík

Fish & Chips

Doing exactly what it says on the label, this small window-front on the harbour doles out good-value fish (usually cod) and chips, with a few picnic tables out front and a simple seating area upstairs. To find it, w…
Museum in Húsavík

Culture House

A folk, maritime and natural-history museum rolled into one complex, the Culture House is one of the North's most interesting regional museums. ‘Man and Nature’ nicely outlines a century of life in the region, from …
Museum in Húsavík

Exploration Museum

Newly opened in 2014, this museum salutes the history of human exploration, covering Viking voyages and polar expeditions (and with a cool 1952 snowcat parked out front). Its most unique exhibition focuses on the Ap…
Icelandic in Húsavík

Gamli Baukur

Among shiny nautical relics, this timber-framed restaurant-bar serves high-quality food (spaghetti with shellfish, wild mushroom barley risotto, organic lamb), plus the pun-tastic dessert skyramisu. Occasional live …
Museum in Húsavík

Ystafell Transportation Museum

Some 37km south of Húsavík on Rte 85 (or about 9km off the Ring Road), this impressive, remote museum is well worth a stop for any petrolheads passing through. It's a quirky and sprawling collection of half a centur…