Húsavík

Húsavík is the oldest existing place name in Iceland. The Viking, Gardar Svávarsson, sailed northward from Sweden late in the ninth century to find and settle new territory. The Sagas report that he took land at Eystrahorn on the East Coast, and sailed with his men around the island, ending up on Tjörnes. There he built houses on Borgarhóll close to Húsavík and stayed the winter. Hence the town’s name, which loosely translated means "the inlet where the houses stood". Gardar is then reputed to have returned to Norway, boasting the island’s beauty and natural wealth.
A beautiful harbor. The Húsavík town is now well known as The Whale Watching Capital of Europe. [jwz]
66 North is a cold weather sport clothing store.
Kristín's red jacket was made by this company. [cjs]
Hvalamiðstöðin - The Húsavík Whale Centre, (founded in 1998) is Icelands´s only center dedicated to the study and appreciation of these mammals. A new exhibition opened in 2002 which offers fact-filled information, skeletons and skulls of whales and other items which educate about the species of whales in Icelandic waters and the history of whaling around Iceland. [jwz]
Húsavík Church has, since it was dedicated in 1907, served as a symbol for Húsavík, regarded by many Icelanders to be the most beautiful wooden church in the country. [jwz]
[jwz] We were served an elegant lunch at this waterfront restaurant. [cjs]


Photo Credits:
[jwz] Jim Ziebol, [cjs] Carol Sundeen.


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