Get inspired by Iceland this summer!

By Örlygur Hnefill | June 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

The Volcano has been turned off and Iceland is more alive than ever. Come visit Húsavík this summer, go Whale watching, go river rafting, see Dettifoss waterfall, Lake Mývatn, Ásbyrgi canyon, Geysir, Gullfoss, Jökulsárlón and all the other inspiring wonders of Iceland. Get inspired by Iceland this summer!

Blue whales arrive exceptionally early this year

By Örlygur Hnefill | May 27, 2010 | 1 Comment

Whale watching boat Nattfari

Whale watching boat Nattfari on Skjalfandi bay

Two blue whales were spotted on Skjalfandi bay today, by passengers and crew members on board the whale watching boat Náttfari. Blue whales are the largest mammals on eart and can reach up to about 33 metres in length.

In past years, blue whales have usually been spotted in Skjalfandi bay in the first weeks of June and throughout summer, so this early arrival came as a surprise to both crew and passengers.

BBC crew filming researchers on Skjalfandi bay

By Örlygur Hnefill | May 27, 2010 | No Comments

Filming whales on Skjalfandi bay

BBC filming on Skjalfandi bay earlier this month

Documentary filmmakers from the BBC in London have been filming in Husavik and on Skjalfandi bay this month for a documentary on scientific researchers working under different circumstances around the world. The film crew has been following researchers on the bay, studying behavior of whales and other marine mammals.

The researchers have been recording sounds of marine mammals in the arctic ocean near Husavik for over a year and will use the recordings to gain a better understanding of wild life on Skjalfandi bay.

myHúsaví seeks a passionate travel writer

By Örlygur Hnefill | May 24, 2010 | 2 Comments

Whale watching in Husavik

The myHúsavík project is now looking for an experienced or passionate travel writer to visit Húsavík for one week in June 2010 and  join our review editorial team. This person will stay for free at Husavik Guesthouse, eat at Husavik restaurants, go whale watching on Skjalfandi bay and visit lake Myvatn, Dettifoss waterfall and Ásbyrgi canyon.

The job includes writing and composing interesting descriptions and travel related reviews. If you want to combine your love of writing and travel then send us a line. (

Hamburg Girls Choir goes whale watching in Husavik

By Örlygur Hnefill | May 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

Hamburg Girls Choir singing in Husavik

Forty girls from Hamburg in Germany went whale watching on Skjálfandi bay yesterday. The girls are members of  the Hamburg Girls Choir (Mädchenchor Hamburg) and are currently touring in Iceland.They had a concert in Husavik yesterday, singing with students from Husavik school of music, and another concert in Akureyri church tonight. In their concert in Akureyri, they were joined by Ísold girls kammerchor from Akureyri, singing both Icelandic and German songs.

The girls were delighted with the whale watching tour, where they spotter four different types of whales.

New tourist information center opening this summer

By Örlygur Hnefill | May 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

Einar Gíslason, manager of the new tourist information center in Husavik

Husavik Tourist Board has announced plans to open a new tourist information center in Husavik this summer. The new information center will be located down by the harbour in the same building as the Husavik Whale Museum and it will also house the office of the Husavik tourist board.

The Tourist board has appointed Einar Gíslason as the manager of the new information center. Gíslason says that the information center will play vital role in the marketing of Husavik, and be of help to people who visit the town. “Husavik has a lot to offer and with the new information center and more marketing, we hope to increase the number of guests who visit the town, not only in the peak season but also in the winter.”

The new information center will from now on run the Husavik camping ground, that has been run by the municipality of Husavik in recent years. “The camping ground will be our main sorce of income but we also appeal to hotellers and tour operators in the area to join us in our work,” says Gíslason.

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Follow in the footsteps of the settlers of Iceland

By Örlygur Hnefill | May 4, 2010 | No Comments

Sail Husavik 2011

Boat owners from all over the world will set their sails for Husavik in the summer of 2011

In the summer of 2011, boat and craft owners from all over the world will set their sails for Húsavík, for the first annual Nordic Coast Cultural Festival. The festival will be held in July and then, locals and guests from around the world, will have the opportunity to see amazing boats and ships and experience the magic of the sea and the seaside.

Sigurbjörg Árnadóttir, project manager of Sail Húsavík 2011, says that this has been her dream for a long time. “This project is a collaboration between Scandinavian grass root maritime organizations and individuals. The first festival will be held in Húsavík Iceland in 2011, then in Denmark in 2012 and in Sweden in 2013.”

Think green: Bring your old electronics in for recycling

By Örlygur Hnefill | April 23, 2010 | 2 Comments

Now you can bring your old mobile telephones, laptops and other electronics in for recycling at Öryggi electronics store in Husavik, and at the same time support the local football team Völsungur. Öryggi electronics and Völsungur have made a deal with Green Future in Reykjavik, that specializes in recycling of electronics from companies and individuals all over Iceland. All the old electronics that are collected in Husavik are sold to recycling and the profit goes to build up the football club. Bjartmar Alexandersson at Green Future says that the goal of the operation is to reduce the amount of electronics disposed at waste dumps. “We help people and companies to dispose of electronics in an environmentally friendly manner and thereby induce the reutilization and recycling of the equipment through our partner companies around the world.”

International flights through Akureyri and Egilstaðir

By Örlygur Hnefill | April 23, 2010 | 1 Comment

Taking off from Akureyri Airport

Keflavik international airport, near Reykjavik in the south-west of Iceland, has been shut down today because of ash from Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano. All international flights in Iceland now go through Akureyri airport, 90 kilometres from Husavik, or Egilstaðir Airport.

For people coming to or going from Husavik, check for the latest updates from Icelandair and Iceland Express or the Icelandic airport administration to see if your flight has been cancelled or moved to another airport.

Iceland has four international airports, Keflavík and Reykjavik in the south-west, Akureyri in the north and Egilstadir in the east.

Temperature below zero: Be sure to pack your swimsuits and sunglasses ’cause this summer is going to be a hot one!

By Örlygur Hnefill | April 22, 2010 | 2 Comments

Nautholsvik beach in Iceland

Despite volcanic activity and shaky economic conditions, the people of Iceland are celebrating today. Today is the first day of summer in Iceland, a national holiday held each year on the first Thursday after the 18th of April. Icelandic settlers in the second half of the 9th century used the Old Norse calendar, which divided the year into two seasons, summer and winter. If you have been to Iceland in the winter, you can easily understand why the first day of summer has become a national holiday here, where there is winter for more than 7 months each year.

Although we have given up the Old Norse religion a long time ago, we are still a very superstitious people. Not only do we believe in ghosts and elfs, we also believe that when temperature goes below zero centigrade on the first night of summer, that summer is going to be extra warm and sunny. That was the case in most of Iceland last night and in Husavik as well. So if you are preparing for your trip to Iceland this summer, be sure to pack your swimsuits, sunglasses, sandals and sunscreen, ’cause this summer is going to be a hot one!

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