Husavik, Iceland

Introduction to Husavik, Iceland

With its stunning views of the snow-capped peaks of the Kinnarfjoll Mountains across the bay, Husavik is a picturesque harbour town that can’t be missed.

Husavik is one of the prettiest destinations in Iceland, a picturesque harbour town that simply can’t be missed. As Iceland’s whale watching capital, Husavik is a very popular tourist destination and those who visit are always rewarded with some incredible once-in-a-lifetime sights and experiences.

As well as whale watching, there is plenty more to see and do in Husavik. There are several interesting and unique museums and exhibitions to visit and enjoy, including the strange, yet intriguing Phallological Museum, Whale Museum and Earthquake Centre. Husavik also lends itself to a large number of outdoor exploits too. Located near to Lake Botnsvatn - famed for its bird life, lush vegetation and trout fishing - and Vatnajokull National Park, there are lots of trails to walk, parks to explore and natural wonders to discover. 

Nearby, Flatey Island - an abandoned island located on the edge of Skjálfandi Bay - is well worth making the effort to visit it. The large, flat land mass is easy to explore and is home to over 30 different bird species including Arctic Terns and Puffins. The Island is easy to get to and is the perfect location for some Icelandic bird spotting. 

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TOUR A - JEWELS OF THE NORTH

  • View the highlights of the area on this comprehensive tour
  • Experience the natural geological phenomenons
  • Have your camera ready for some unusual photo opportunities
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApprox. 7 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
  • View the highlights of the area on this comprehensive tour
  • Experience the natural geological phenomenons
  • Have your camera ready for some unusual photo opportunities

See the natural gems of Northern Iceland – including bubbling mud and boiling springs, steam vents and waterfalls, volcanic craters and a unique lava labyrinth.

Head from Húsavík towards the striking geothermal field next to the mountain of Námafjall – full of mud pots, steam vents, sulphur deposits, boiling springs and fumaroles. 

Continue to Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles) Nature Reserve – one of the most visited spots on Lake Mývatn. You will make a stop here to view the magnificent lava landscape and its strange formations – including pillars, arches and a lava labyrinth.

Proceed to Lake Mývatn which, in springtime, is a breeding area for a great variety of ducks. The area around the lake is of tremendous geological interest. Stop at Skútustadir, on the southern shore of the lake, to investigate the area. The craters here were formed when, during volcanic eruptions, bogs were heated to extreme temperatures, causing the water in the bogs to turn into steam and expand, thus causing explosions that pushed volcanic ash aside to leave the pseudo craters. You will have lunch at a restaurant in the Mývatn area.

Godafoss or Waterfall of the Gods is a beautiful crescent of cascading water. The name was derived from the time Thorgeir, law speaker of the old Icelandic Parliament, tossed all his carvings of the Norse gods into the waterfall when he publicly declared that Iceland would be a Christian nation from then onwards. You will have time here, at one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls, for photos before the return drive to Húsavík.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is not recommended to guests with limited mobility, as the sites visited do not have easy access. Uneven, unmade, rocky and gravel paths will be followed, and there are some inclines to negotiate. To get the most out of the tour, walking of approximately 700 metres is required. However, the Godafoss waterfall, the pseudo craters at Skútustadir, Lake Mývatn and its surroundings, as well as part of the steam vents, sulphur deposits and fumaroles in the Námafjall area can be seen from the coach or without going far from the coach. At Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth some walking is required to experience the landscape. To reach the restaurant there is a walk of approximately 50 metres each way, and there may be a few steps. Lunch will include a starter and main course, followed by tea or coffee. On previous summer visits there have often been flying insects, although they do not bite they can be annoying. Please note that the coach used may not have air-conditioning and places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.


TOUR AA - JEWELS OF THE NORTH

  • View the highlights of the area on this comprehensive tour
  • Experience the natural geological phenomenons
  • Have your camera ready for some unusual photo opportunities
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox. 5 hrs
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

See the natural gems of Northern Iceland – including bubbling mud and boiling springs, steam vents and waterfalls, volcanic craters and a unique lava labyrinth.

Head from Húsavík towards the striking geothermal field next to the mountain of Námafjall – full of mud pots, steam vents, sulphur deposits, boiling springs and fumaroles. 

Continue to Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles) Nature Reserve – one of the most visited spots on Lake Mývatn. You will make a stop here to view the magnificent lava landscape and its strange formations – including pillars, arches and a lava labyrinth.

Proceed to Lake Mývatn which, in springtime, is a breeding area for a great variety of ducks. The area around the lake is of tremendous geological interest. Stop at Skútustadir, on the southern shore of the lake, to investigate the area. The craters here were formed when, during volcanic eruptions, bogs were heated to extreme temperatures, causing the water in the bogs to turn into steam and expand, thus causing explosions that pushed volcanic ash aside to leave the pseudo craters.

Godafoss or Waterfall of the Gods is a beautiful crescent of cascading water. The name was derived from the time Thorgeir, law speaker of the old Icelandic Parliament, tossed all his carvings of the Norse gods into the waterfall when he publicly declared that Iceland would be a Christian nation from then onwards. You will have time here, at one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls, for photos before the return drive to Húsavík.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is not recommended to guests with limited mobility, as the sites visited do not have easy access. Uneven, unmade, rocky and gravel paths will be followed, and there are some inclines to negotiate. To get the most out of the tour, walking of approximately 700 metres is required. However, the Godafoss waterfall, the pseudo craters at Skútustadir, Lake Mývatn and its surroundings, as well as part of the steam vents, sulphur deposits and fumaroles in the Námafjall area can be seen from the coach or without going far from the coach. At Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth some walking is required to experience the landscape. Refreshments are not included – you may wish to bring a bottle of water with you. On previous summer visits there have often been flying insects, although they do not bite they can be annoying. Please note that the coach used may not have air-conditioning and places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.


TOUR B - MYVATN NATURAL BATHS

  • Enjoy a leisurely dip in wonderful, natural surroundings
  • See one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

What better way to enjoy a visit to one of Europe’s most spectacular and unique destinations, than to include a soak at one of Iceland’s newest health spas?

Located in the heart of northeast Iceland, approximately 105 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, Lake Mývatn and its surroundings are one of Europe’s greatest natural treasures. Shaped by repeated volcanic eruptions and seismic activity through the ages, the landscape around the lake is a spectacular panorama of surreal lava, crater and cave formations, sulphur-streaked mountains, and sweeping wetlands teeming with plant and birdlife.

Mývatn Nature Baths’ tastefully designed complex offers bathers a completely natural experience with a relaxing dip in clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the Earth’s crust. Containing a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms, the warm, soothing waters of Mývatn Nature Baths benefit both skin and spirit alike, creating a sense of well-being which lingers on as a lasting memory of a visit to this area at Europe’s outer limits.

After approximately two hours here, you will make a stop at the beautiful Godafoss Waterfall on the way back to Húsavík.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users, as all facilities at Mývatn Nature Baths have easy access – however all participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that this is not a swimming pool for regular swimming – rather a unique, relaxing bathing experience. There are different areas, all of which have depths suitable for adults who do not swim. There are smaller pools also, and a steam room. Sloped paths avoid steps for those who can not manage them and a sloped access to the pool also has a handrail. Shoes must be removed before entering the changing room. There are separate changing areas and showers for men and women. For reasons of hygiene, participants must take a shower without swimwear before entering the lagoon. Lockers are provided. If you forget your own towel, one can be hired for approximately £3 (payable in Icelandic Krona). For information, there is a café and small gift shop. Please note that the coach used may not have air-conditioning and the tour may operate in a different order to that described.


TOUR C - MYVATN FLIGHTSEEING

  • View Iceland from above
  • Fly over mountains, canyons, volcanoes and glaciers
Price£280.00 - £300.00
DurationApprox. 2 hrs
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Flightseeing in Iceland can be summed up in one word – spectacular…

The geological age and structure of the country has resulted in Iceland showcasing some of the richest and most varied topography in the world. A land of ice and fire offers up a wealth of geological eye candy for the flight seeing visitor - impressive mountain ridges, ash cones, table mountains, volcanoes, craters, vast lava fields and glaciers.

Flightseeing is undeniably the answer for those seeking the ultimate in scenic experiences. In this tour sightings include the Mývatn area, Askja strato volcano, Dyngjujökull Glacier, Kverkfjöll mountain range, Herðubreið tuya which is a type of distinctive, flat-topped, steep-sided volcano formed when lava erupts through a thick glacier or ice sheet, Dettifoss (falling waterfall), Jökulsár canyon, Ásbyrgi canyon and one of Iceland's youngest lava fields at the Krafla volcano area.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: All participants must be able to board the aircraft unaided – there are five to ten steps. Participants must be able to fit into a standard aircraft seat. This tour is dependent upon favourable weather conditions and may be cancelled at late notice.


TOUR D - VIKING HORSE RIDING

  • Enjoy a horse riding experience in beautiful natural surroundings
  • The Icelandic horse is unique due to the five gaits
Price£85.00 - £95.00
DurationApprox. 2.5 hrs
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Iceland is not only famous for its spectacular landscape, history and culture - its horses have also been the subject of much praise and attention. These tough, strong animals bore the brunt of a long and arduous working day and were also the only means of transport for both people and goods. They were bred for the harsh elements, in an environment where only the strong survive. The present day stock are the result of their ancestors having survived the rigours of extreme winter conditions and volcanic petulance.

There is an age old law forbidding the import of horses and any horse leaving Iceland can never return. This means the present day Icelandic horses are the same race as those of the Viking Age - they are not tall, but hardy and sure footed, friendly and docile with a flowing mane. The Icelandic horse has many characteristics unique unto itself. The most obvious being its ability to perform five gaits. The gaits are the fet or walk, the brokk or trot, the tölt or faster type of walk, the skeid or pace and the stökk or gallop.

After a short transfer to the riding centre you will meet your horse and the ride will last approximately two hours. Ride along the beach of the arctic ocean before continuing up into the hills above the Saltvik horsefarm with views over the beautiful Skjalfandi Bay and the magnificent Kinnarfjöll Mountains across the water.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour is suitable for those used to horses, and also for beginners. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and is not recommended for pregnant ladies or guests who suffer from chronic back problems. The minimum age for participation is ten years old and an adult must accompany children over this age. Passengers must not exceed 250 pounds (17.8 stone) in weight. Warm clothing and non-slip shoes are recommended. All participants will be required to wear helmets which are provided.


TOUR E - OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

  • Brace yourself for an adventure in a 4 x 4 vehicle
  • An exciting way to explore Iceland   
  • Experience the natural surroundings
Activity Tour
Price£140.00 - £150.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Those who dare to venture off the beaten track often find obscure treasures which are not apparent to those that follow a more common route - your 4 x 4 super jeep offers you the opportunity to embark on such a journey.

The Lake Mývatn area is one of the highlights of the north and one of the places most people want to visit and explore. A drive of approximately one hour will get you to this point for the start of the off road adventure. Go off the beaten track, mainly to explore Lúdentsborgir with its row of craters which erupted about 2,300 years ago. They are a continuation of Þrengslaborgir which erupted at the same time. Named after the explosion crater Lúdent, to the southwest, which has a diameter of 600 to 800 metres and a depth of 60 to 70 metres. The crater rims rise about 100 metres above the surrounding terrain. In 1968, Lúdentsborgir became one of the training areas for Neil Armstrong and other astronauts before the famous moon landing.

After approximately two a half hours off road, you start the return drive back towards Húsavík.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Depending on tour numbers, you may travel in a super jeep or a 4 x 4 truck. The off road tour will be conducted by English-speaking drivers. Each vehicle holds four to 20 guests. Participants are advised to wear casual clothing, in layers, and comfortable footwear. Be prepared to get bumped around. Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for guests with neck or back problems, or pregnant ladies. If you are wishing to book a child space on this tour, please contact the tours department before booking as your child may require a child’s seat for the jeep.


TOUR F - WHALE WATCHING & SEABIRDS

  • Join a schooner for whale and bird watching
  • Admire the mass of seabirds during the nesting season
  • Have binoculars ready for a real wildlife treat
Boat Tour
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApprox. 4 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

The potential for whale watching in Iceland is excellent. Here many species of whales can be sighted - among them blue, fin, humpback, minke and sei whales. Puffins and other seabirds will also be seen on Lundey Island.

A short walk from the ship will take you to fishing schooner Haukur or Hildur. A traditional sailing vessel more usually powered by an engine. The group will be welcomed on board the whale watching boat for an approximate three and a half hour boat trip to enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery and sea and bird life. As the voyage begins you will be given information about the various species which may be seen, and excitement soon grips both passengers and crew as you look out for whales ‘blowing’ or lifting their tails.

Head towards Lundey, the puffin island, as well as the traditional whale watching areas. Lundey is one of Skjálfandi Bay's pearls and is home to approximately 200,000 puffins during their breeding season. This offers an unforgettable experience with the opportunity to spend some time close to the island, watching puffins and other sea birds. Húsavík has been called the best place in the world to see the friendly minke whale - normally quite timid creatures but here they have been known to approach the boats and surface right alongside. Whales are often encountered within 20 minutes of leaving the harbour and appear to take as much interest in humans as we do in them. Boisterous white beaked dolphins, and harbour porpoises frequently join the party and sometimes humpback and other large whales are spotted.

All too soon, you will turn back and return to Húsavík harbour, where you can choose to explore the local area or return back to the ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There is an approximate ten minute walk to the boat which is boarded by three to five steps. Therefore, it is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs. To get the best views, you will be on the open deck. Please note that there will be very limited seating available outside, there are seats in the lower indoor deck however this will not have an outside view and guests will need to negotiate five to six steep stairs to reach the lower level. Warm clothing, including a hat and wind and waterproof jackets are recommended for all. You will be at sea for over three hours. The boat used may not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests. We can not guarantee the success rate of seeing whales, puffins or other birdlife as these creatures live in their natural free environment. The operation of this tour is subject to sea and weather conditions. There will be a small toilet onboard the boat, guests will need to negotiate approximately five to six steps to reach it. The boat will be boarded from a floating dock and will include one step to be negotiated.


TOUR FX - WHALE WATCHING & MUSEUM

  • Join a traditional fishing boat for whale watching
  • Have binoculars ready for a real wildlife treat
  • Learn about these fascinating mammals at the Whale Museum
Boat Tour
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApprox. 4 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

The potential for whale watching in Iceland is excellent. Here many species of whales can be sighted - among them blue, fin, humpback, minke and sei whales.

A short walk from the ship will take you to a traditional wooden fishing boat. The group will be welcomed on board the whale watching boat for an approximate three and a half hour boat trip to enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery and sea and bird life. As the voyage begins you will be given information about the various species which may be seen, and excitement soon grips both passengers and crew as you look out for whales ‘blowing’ or lifting their tails.

Húsavík has been called the best place in the world to see the friendly minke whale - normally quite timid creatures but here they have been known to approach the boats and surface right alongside. Whales are often encountered within 20 minutes of leaving the harbour and appear to take as much interest in humans as we do in them. Boisterous white beaked dolphins, and harbour porpoises frequently join the party and sometimes humpback and other large whales are spotted.

All too soon, you will turn back and return to Húsavík harbour. You will have a short walk, with your guide, to the Whale Museum where you have the opportunity to discover more about these gentle giants of the ocean. Your tour will end here – giving you free time to browse, before either choosing to explore the local area or return straight back to the ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: There is an approximate ten minute walk to the boat which is boarded by three to five steps. Therefore, it is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs. To get the best views, you will be on the open deck. Please note that there will be very limited seating available outside, there are seats in the lower indoor deck however this will not have an outside view and guests will need to negotiate five to six steep stairs to reach the lower level. Warm clothing, including a hat and wind and waterproof jackets are recommended for all. You will be at sea for over three hours. The boat used may not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests. We can not guarantee the success rate of seeing whales or other wildlife as these creatures live in their natural free environment. The operation of this tour is subject to sea and weather conditions. There will be a small toilet onboard the boat, guests will need to negotiate approximately five to six steps to reach it. The boat will be boarded from a floating dock and will include one step to be negotiated.


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