Cruises to Husavik

Husavik, Iceland

Take a memorable Alaska cruise adventure to Husavik, Iceland. Anchoring off the coast of Húsavík, your eyes will be drawn to the shimmering sea, towering mountains, and the pastel-colored buildings lining the harbor. Located on the north coast of Iceland, this small town offers an enchanting encounter with the country's rich wildlife and stunning landscapes. Húsavík is notably a hub for whale watching, offering frequent sightings of various whale species. As you disembark, the allure of the picturesque town set against the breathtaking Skjálfandi Bay welcomes you to an unforgettable Icelandic adventure.

Húsavík's harbor, nestled within the beautiful Skjálfandi Bay, is well-equipped to accommodate cruise ships, with some smaller vessels able to dock directly at the pier, while larger ones anchor off-shore with passengers tendered ashore. Ships often arrive in the morning, providing a full day for exploration. Most cruises allot one day for Húsavík, which is typically ample to experience its primary attractions. The harbor area offers a few amenities, including restaurants and shops, and serves as a launch point for various excursions. Magnificent views of the bay and surrounding landscapes can be enjoyed right from the harbor.


Húsavík, often dubbed the 'Whale Capital of Iceland', exudes a unique charm characterized by its quaint harbor, colorful houses, and lush landscapes. The town center is small, allowing for easy exploration on foot. Among its highlights is the Húsavík Whale Museum, providing insightful knowledge about these marine giants. The town's landmark wooden church, Húsavíkurkirkja, is an architectural gem worth visiting. From scenic walks along the waterfront to engaging local culture, Húsavík offers an enriching experience.

Húsavík's culture and history are closely linked to the sea, with the town's heritage rooted in fishing and maritime endeavors. The Húsavík Museum offers intriguing exhibits about local history, culture, and nature. A part of Icelandic folklore, Húsavík was said to be the first settlement in Iceland, adding a mystical layer to its local narrative. Traditional events, such as the annual Mærudagar town festival, showcase the community spirit and cultural traditions of this charming town.

Attractions and Activities

For outdoor enthusiasts, Húsavík presents a range of activities to engage with Iceland's incredible natural environment. Whale watching tours are an absolute must, offering the opportunity to see humpback whales, minke whales, and even blue whales. Journey to the nearby Lake Mývatn, famed for its diverse birdlife and geothermal activity. The Tjörnes Peninsula offers opportunities for bird watching and spotting fossils. For the adventurous, horseback riding and hiking trails offer ways to explore the area's scenic landscapes.

Local Speciality

Húsavík provides an authentic glimpse into Icelandic cuisine. Fresh seafood, particularly fish dishes, dominates local menus. Traditional lamb soup, known as kjötsúpa, is also popular. Locally brewed beers are available, providing a taste of Icelandic brewing traditions. To top off a meal, a serving of skyr, an Icelandic dairy product akin to yogurt, is a classic choice.

A visit to Húsavík offers the chance to acquire Icelandic souvenirs and products. Icelandic woolen goods are a popular choice, known for their excellent quality and warmth. Local handicrafts, often inspired by the natural surroundings, make unique mementos. For those with a sweet tooth, Icelandic chocolate and licorice are must-try items that make for a delightful take-home treat.

Best time to visit Husavik

The best time to visit Húsavík depends on your interests. Summer months are ideal for outdoor exploration, bird watching, and enjoying the Midnight Sun. Winter months offer the possibility of viewing the Northern Lights. For whale watching, the high season runs from April through October. Local events like the Mærudagar festival in August add a cultural charm to your visit.

Husavik Cruise Schedule

Húsavík provides an intimate encounter with Iceland's natural beauty and local charm, making it a worthy port of call on your Iceland, Greenland, British Isles, and Norwegian Fjords cruise. From the thrill of whale watching to the taste of Icelandic cuisine, Húsavík is a destination that deeply engages the senses. As you navigate the quaint streets, venture into its surrounding landscapes, or enjoy the tranquil views from the harbor, you'll create unforgettable memories. Húsavík is more than just a destination, it's an experience that encapsulates the magic and allure of Iceland. As your ship departs, the vibrant colors of the town set against the majestic backdrop of the Icelandic landscape will be a sight to remember.

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