Húsavík - Whale watching and more...
Húsavík is a quiet little town of about 2,600 people many of whom made or make their living based on whales. Hunting in the past, guiding tourists nowadays.
It is also the hometown of two peculiar museums. One of which is said to be unique in the world...
Husavik has been the first place in Iceland ever to be built in. In 870. before the permanent settlement, Swedish Viking explorer Gardar Svavarsson sailed around the then uninhabited (and unnamed) . Iceland, proving it is an island.
A trading centre since 1614, Husavik developed into a village in the 19th century and was the home of the oldest cooperative society in Iceland, founded in 1882. The town has largely lived on fishing since then, with some agricultural processing, light industry and services. Husavfk is set with a commanding view over the bay of Skjáifandi ("Shaker") towards the rugged northern coastline to its east and west, and out to the open Arctic Ocean
Husavik Church, is built like a cross,
and the belfry and entrance are in one corner,not in the middle as is usually the case.
A very beautiful building erected 1906-1907, and the
architect was Rögnvaldur Ólafsson
The prices for dishes in this Restaurant are moderate ! That is sometimes not believable . that prices are so different !!!
HUSAVIK IS ALSO KONWN IN THE NORTH OF ICELAND FOR THE WHALE WATCHING TOURS