Welcome to Húsavík!
Húsavík is a peaceful and tranquil town that lies alongside Skjálfandi Bay in northern Iceland. Did you know that it is the oldest settlement in all of Iceland? Etymologically, the name means the Bay of the Houses – and it was named by a Swede seafarer who was blown off his course to the place and had to build a house to winter in – back in the year 864!
Rich culture aside, Húsavík is also home to amazing sights.
Why is Húsavík one of the best places in Iceland to visit?
Whale watching, northern lights, amazing food, a rich culture, and stunning natural landscapes make Húsavík a dream destination that inspires fiction.
Why book a guesthouse vs. a large hotel?
Booking a guesthouse is remarkably more interesting, fulfilling, and fun compared to staying in a monotonous and large hotel. This is something you would know if you have traveled frequently. The authenticity, richness and enjoyment of a place are truly accentuated by a stay in a cozy, family-run guesthouse.
Why should you book a guesthouse with us?
You are very likely to have a good time in any guesthouse in Húsavík. But why should you book with us? Well, to put things simply, we have your fun and enjoyment at the core of our service.
Below are our top picks for guesthouses in Húsavík.
Post Plaza Guesthouse Husavik
We have to say that the staff at Post Plaza Guesthouse Húsavík is one of the most pleasant people you will ever meet. They are very helpful and friendly, but never intrusive. Post Plaza Guesthouse Húsavík is located in the center of town, just off the main street. The guesthouse is a modern building with an inviting lobby area and a comfortable sitting area with a TV.
The rooms are clean and well-appointed with comfortable beds and linens. The bathroom has everything you need: towels, soap, and shampoo as well as toilet paper if you run out during your stay. The room also has a TV with satellite channels for those who want to watch something before going to sleep or after waking up in the morning.
Breakfast is served from 8:00 am until 10:00 am every day of the week except Sunday when it begins at 7:30 am instead. There are plenty of choices available including cereal, waffles, pancakes, eggs cooked any way you like them, and bacon or sausage if you would like something savory instead of sweet.
Post Plaza Guesthouse Husavik has 8 rooms available for guests. All rooms have private bathrooms and free Wi-Fi apart from the TV. Some have views of the surrounding mountains and ocean.
21 Garðarsbraut, 640 Húsavík, Iceland — <100 meters from the city center
Saltvík Farm Guesthouse
Saltvík Farm Guesthouse Húsavík is an amazing place to stay in Iceland. It is an amazing experience and we would definitely recommend it.
The food at Saltvík has a lot of variety and is delicious. You will be very impressed with their homemade bread. The rooms are comfortable, clean, and cozy. Another thing that you would love is waking up to the sun shining through your windows onto the beautiful Icelandic landscape right outside!
The staff members at Saltvík Farm Guesthouse Húsavík are very friendly and helpful. They are extremely knowledgeable about Iceland’s history and culture, so if you have any questions about anything related to Iceland, you know who to ask.
It’s in a very good location, just five minutes walk from the main strip, but away from the noise and bustle of downtown. The rooms are clean and comfortable, you can use the kitchen to cook meals, and the bathrooms are also very clean and well stocked with towels, shampoo, soap, etc.
It is a family-run guesthouse located in the heart of the Icelandic Highlands. This cozy, family-friendly accommodation is ideal for families or groups traveling by car who want to experience the best of the country’s natural wonders.
The farm is situated in an area surrounded by mountains and lakes, offering guests a perfect opportunity to explore the region’s untouched wilderness. The only thing that could be better is if this beautiful landscape was closer to home!
Saltvík, 640 Húsavík, Iceland — 5.7 km from the city center
Árból Guesthouse in Húsavík is a great place to relax, enjoy nature, and explore the surrounding area. It’s located in a peaceful setting, right next to the Húsavík town center, next to Árbólskirkja church.
Árból Guesthouse Húsavík offers accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking on site. The rooms feature wooden flooring, 4-poster beds, and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms feature showers.
At Árból Guesthouse Húsavík, you will find a common kitchen where you can prepare light meals or snacks. It’s a family-run guesthouse in the center of the town. It has 12 rooms, all with a private bathroom and a view of the sea.
Árból is located only 200 meters away from Húsavík’s main street, where you will find many good restaurants and bars. The guesthouse offers free parking and free WiFi throughout the whole building.
The guesthouse staff is very friendly and helpful. They can help you with information about activities in the area such as whale watching tours, or renting a car or bike for sightseeing.
Ásgarðsvegur 2, 640 Húsavík, Iceland — 130 meters from the city center
Nature and wildlife tours in Húsavík
Here are three whale watching tours that you can enjoy during your stay in Húsavík. Choose from RIB speedboats (around 10 people), traditional wooden sailboats (around 20 people), or passenger boats (40+ people).
Big Whale Safari & Puffin Island Tour
- $146.73 per person
- Type of ship: RIB Speedboat
- Tour time: Guided 2.5 hours, English
- Includes warm clothing
- Meeting point: Gentle Giants Ticket Center
A timeless adventure awaits. Generally, speedboats are more maneuverable and help you discover more, faster. The chances of spotting whales are much higher on this tour.
On this tour, you will be able to see whales and puffins in their natural habitat. Puffins and humpback whales aside, you will also spot wonderful seals, sea birds, and icebergs to gaze in awe.
If you are interested in seeing whales on your visit to Iceland, this is an excellent option for you. It takes you to many places where whales can be spotted and it also visits the puffins that nest on Grímsey island (the most northerly island in Iceland).
Whale Watching by Traditional Wooden Sailing Ship
- $81.17 per person
- Type of ship: Sailboat
- Tour time: Guided 3 hours, English & Icelandic
- Includes hot chocolate and warm clothing
- Meeting point: Húsavík Harbour, Hafnarstétt 9-11
A large wooden sailing ship, a sunset, and the perfect calm of the Skjálfandi Bay ruffled often by the gentle giants of the sea is the perfect climax to any evening – forever.
The crew is very friendly and helpful, and they make sure that you have everything you need. They also provide binoculars to get a good view of the whales and other marine life.
The tour itself is excellent. You stand a chance to see many whales during the trip, including humpback whales, minke whales, killer whales, and dolphins. The guide will also point out some other interesting wildlife such as seals and puffins.
This tour is highly recommended if you’re visiting Iceland or even just want to see some amazing wildlife.
Whale Watching Tour Traditional
- $81.17 per person
- Type of ship: Passenger
- Tour time: Guided 3 hours, English
- Includes hot chocolate and warm clothing
- Meeting point: North Sailing Húsavík Whale Watching Office
You can see a lot of whales and dolphins, including large pods of active humpbacks. The trip is also very relaxing as you will have plenty of time to sit back and watch the wildlife.
Highly recommended for people who would rather sacrifice the speedy action of speedboats or the electric eloquence of sailboats for a more relaxed thrill of wildlife sighting on a passenger ship.
The highlight of the trip will probably be spotting some whales and being able to get close enough to see them breach. It is a stunning experience and one that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Taking photos is also easier – though that partly depends on the other people around you and weather conditions.
How can we help you?
We help you have the experience of a lifetime. Our process of selecting guesthouses and preparing them for you has much to do with your satisfaction, experience, and creating eternal memories. There are several guesthouses in Húsavík. With us, you will find some of the best ones.
We take everything that matters into consideration: distance from the city center, what attractions and whale sighting tours are available nearby, the ease of getting to the guesthouse, and so on.
Guesthouses in Húsavík are often small and personal, so you can expect a cozy atmosphere. They usually have rooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens. These guesthouses are great for families and groups of friends who want to share their experiences together, but it is also possible to book a room for two people at some of them. The guesthouse owners are always willing to help you out with anything you might need during your stay in Húsavík.
And we help you choose from the best of such experiences.