north iceland

Mývatn (which means midge lake in Icelandic) was created about 2300 years ago by a volcanic eruption. Now, it’s a shallow lake (Iceland’s fourth largest) that is home to the largest variety of ducks of anywhere in the world. The name of the lake comes from the huge numbers of midges found here in summer. The lake is also home […]

Lake Myvatn

In Húsavík, you can’t escape the whales. Known as being one of the best places in the world to go whale-watching, Húsavík is a former whaling town turned fishing town turned tourist town that, come summer, fills up each morning with visitors (don’t worry, most don’t stay the night) who’ve come to get up close to whales on the open […]

The Húsavík Whale Museum

In addition to being the whale-watching capital of Iceland (and the world), the small town of Húsavík has a unique claim to fame. The town is the home of the Iceland Phallological Museum, which, as you might guess, is indeed a museum devoted entirely to penises. Upon hearing this, and reading that the museum had the distinction of containing one […]

The Phallological Museum in Husavik

Often referred to as the Capital of North Iceland, Akureyri is Iceland’s second-largest city, with a population of 17000 people. Its ice-free harbor and mild climate led to it being an important center of trade in early years; now it’s home to University of Akureyri, giving the town a very youthful feel. Akureyri is an excellent base for exploring the […]


Húsavík sits in the northeast of Iceland, just east of Akureyri, tucked in an inlet above Skjálfandi Bay. Húsavík started forming as a village in the late 19th century, founded upon the fishing industry, shipping, trade and agriculture. Today it is one of the most popular tourist spots outside of southwest Iceland, known as one of the best spots for […]


Many people visiting the central-north region of Iceland choose to stay in Akureryi, assuming that the country’s second largest city will offer more to see and do than the tiny village  (population: 2500) of Husavik. And if you want nightlife and multiple restaurants to choose from, it’s probably wise to follow suite. But if you want to settle into village […]

Where to Stay in Husavik: Kaldbak-Kot Cottages