Husavik is a town located in Norðurþing municipality on Iceland's north coast, on the shores of Skjalfandi bay with a total of 2,180 inhabitants (2016 census). The most popular landmark of the town is its wooden church Husavikurkirkja, built 1907. Husavik is served by Husavik Airport.
Income is derived mainly from fishing and tourism, as well as small and retail industry. Until recently, the town of Husavik was export harbour for silica, extracted from nearby lake Myvatn. The region of Myvatn, featuring diverse animal life and interesting geology, is nearby. Jökulsargljufur National Park with its horseshoe-shaped canyon Asbyrgi and the waterfalls Hafragilsfoss, Selfoss and Dettifoss, is also not far from Husavik.
According to the "Book of Settlement" (Landnámabók), Husavík was the first site in Iceland to be settled by Norse man. Swedish Viking Garðar Svavarsson stayed here for one winter sirca 870 A.D. When he left after a winter's stay in spring of 870, he left behind two slaves, a man and a woman, and a man named Nattfari, and they established a farm in Husavík. The name of the town is translated as "bay of houses", presumably referring to Garðar's homestead, that may have been the only houses in Iceland at the time.
Due to whales of various species that often enter the bay, Husavik has become Iceland's centre of whale watching. Husavík Whale Museum is located in downtown by the harbour. There is also a civic museum about biology and culture, which, among other things, shows a stuffed polar bear (which arrived in Grimsey 1969) and ancient boats.
Husavik is the home to Exploration Museum about the history of human exploration. Outside the museum is located a monument honoring Apollo astronauts that trained around Husavík during the 1960s.
Husavik experiences midnight sun from June 11 until June 29. Although it does not experience polar night in December solstice, Husavik's shortest daylight hours are 2 hours 45 minutes (11:45 UTC-14:30 UTC on December 21).
Highlights: Whale watching, Lake Myvatn, Godafoss Waterfall
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