Husavik (pop. 2.926) is a town in Nordurthing municipality on the north of Iceland on the shores of Skjalfandi bay. This old fishing town has become a centre of whale watching in Iceland due to the whales of different species that frequently enter the bay. The Husavik Whale Museum is located in the town. It is also home to the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which contains specimens from every mammal that lives in Iceland.
The region of Myvatn, with its interesting geology and diverse animal life, is nearby. Jokulsargljufur National Park with the horseshoe shaped canyon Asbyrgi and the waterfalls Dettifoss, Hafragilsfoss and Selfoss, is also not far from the town.
Good call for expedition ships given the marine mammal focus of the port and surroundings.
Distances to other ports in Iceland
- Reykjavik/Akureyri – 339 NM
- Grundarfjordur – 267 NM
- Patreksfjordur – 215 NM
- Isafjordur – 180 miles NM
- Akureyri – 66 miles NM
- Eskifjordur – 234 NM
- Seydisfjordur 184 miles NM
- Djupivogur 229 miles NM
- Hofn – 274 NM
- Vestmannaeyjar – 420 NM
Distances to neares cities in Europe/USA
- Torshavn – 460 NM
- Bergen – 740 NM
- Oslo – 1135 NM
- Svalbard – 940 NM
- Qaqortoq – 925 NM
- St John‘s – 1636 NM
Shorex capacity: Approximately 1,500 passengers
Please note that this is based on an 8 hour port call (thus allowing 7 hours for tours)
It is possible to accomodate 2,000 passengers by extending the time in port by one hour.
The port has been known to accomodate higher numbers of passengers in recent years, so please check with our shore excursion team at Iceland Travel to obtain more information. All shorex capacity numbers are based on us offering what we consider to be, the best in local services.
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Location: 66°03‘ N 17°22‘ W
Water location: Denmark Strait, Greenland Sea
Number of cruise berths: 3
1) Thvergardur 90m for ships up to 120m
2) Nordurgardur 125m for ships up to 135m
3) Bokugardur 130m for ships up to 170m
Width of ship: unlimited
Draft: 96m, 8m and 10m
Depth of water at low tide:
Tidal movement/range: avarage 1,7m
Pilotage: not compulsory, but available on request
Town centre: 200-800m
Airport: 10 km for sightseeing and charter, 90 km for domestic, scheduled
Free shuttle to town: harbour is located in town