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Husavik

Husavik and Iceland have been the starting point of the greatest human explorations and adventures. From the first Viking discoverers of America and Groenland to the great figures of polar exploration and the epic race to the poles to the Apollo Mission astronauts, Husavik is the Icelandic symbol of the great conquests and discoveries of Mankind. Sheltered in the beautiful bay of Skjálfandi, about 20 miles from the Arctic Circle, Husavik is a vibrant little town at the heart of Icelandic culture and history. Surrounded by the wild, Husavik’s region combines the wildest canyons, the biggest volcanoes, and the most powerful waterfalls in Europe. The concentration of natural wonders around Husavik is breathtaking. Today, Husavik is one of the best places worldwide to observe the many whales that inhabit the Icelandic coast. In 2021, Husavik saw its international notoriety skyrocket thanks to the Netflix movie “The Story of Fire Saga” whose song “Husavik, My Hometown” was nominated for the best original song at the 93rd Academy Awards. Fascinating, spectacular, super-natural are probably the first words that will come to your mind when discovering “Our Hometown”.

Inspired By Husavik

Husavik is a small Icelandic fishing port located on the edge of the North Atlantic, about 20 miles from the Arctic Circle. Sheltered in the beautiful bay of Skjálfandi, where towering mountains meet the ocean, Husavik is known for its harsh Arctic winters and glorious summers. With its authentic Icelandic houses, charming harbor, and old ships, surrounded by nature and wide-open spaces, Husavik is a dynamic city at the heart of Icelandic culture. Modern, active, like the whole of Iceland, the community of Husavik is a best example of the Icelandic way of life. With the persistence of a resilient mentality, the mutual aid between all generations, the awareness of the family circle, the cohesion in front of a superb but wild and rough nature, here is the authentic Icelandic DNA of the community of Husavik.

The First Viking Settlement In Iceland

Husavik is one of the first places where the Vikings, the ancestors of the Icelanders, settled in Iceland. The Landnámabók (“The Book of Laws”) and the Sturlubók (“The Book of Settlement”), two invaluable medieval manuscripts, trace the important events, history, and genealogy of the Icelandic people. They describe how Snæland (“Snowland”) was discovered and colonized by the Norsemen, who set out to conquer the oceans and the New Worlds in the 9th century. The Swedish Norseman Garðar Svavarsson was the first to circumnavigate and discover that Iceland was an island. He spent the winter in Husavik in 870. In spring, the area became green and fertile amazed the Norsemen. They realized that this place was habitable and full of resources despite the terrible winter. When he left Husavik, Garðar left behind a man, Náttfari, who established a farm. Husavik means “The Bay of Houses” in Old Norse and refers to the first settlement in Iceland erected by Náttfari.

Husavik, World Capital of Whale Watching

The “Call of the Wild” has never wavered in Husavik. The ocean has played a fundamental role in its development. Nestled in a fantastic setting, at the confluence of three oceanic currents, Husavik is today recognized worldwide as one of the best places to observe the many species of whales that inhabit the Icelandic coast. The Husavik Whale Museum is one of the few museums in the world devoted entirely to these quiet giants. But to see them in their natural environment, during one of the long summer nights, is the experience of a lifetime. It is magical!

Pearl Of The Diamond Circle

Husavik is the starting point for an epic and unforgettable adventure, the Diamond Circle and the Arctic Coast Way, legendary tours in the heart of breathtaking nature and fantastic landscapes shaped by the largest volcanoes on the planet. The Diamond Circle combines the wildest canyons and deepest fjords, terrifying volcanoes that tower over sci-fi landscapes of hissing fumaroles and bubbling mud pots. Lake Mývatn is a natural paradise with millions of wild birds, and Vatnajökull Park impresses you with the most beautiful and powerful waterfalls in Europe…the concentration of natural wonders around Husavik is breathtaking. Settings of the most extraordinary Sagas, Husavik, and its region, bathed in the lights of the Aurora Borealis or the Midnight Sun, Husavik takes us to a fabulous and grandiose adventure in the heart of the mythical, raw, and mighty nature of the Great Icelandic North.

Husavik, an Icelandic symbol of human exploration spirit

Husavik and Iceland have been the starting point of the greatest human explorations and adventures. The great Viking and Icelandic explorers set out to discover the world at the end of the 10th century. According to the latest historical studies, the Icelandic Leif Ericson is the true discoverer of America, long before Christopher Columbus. His father, the famous Erik the Red, was the discoverer of Greenland. The Husavik Exploration Museum also tells the story of the great figures of polar exploration and the epic race to the poles. This museum pays tribute to the Arctic explorers of the early 20th century, Amundsen, Scott, and Peary.

Husavik To The Moon

Who can forget the photo or the grainy video of the Apollo astronauts walking on the moon? Husavik was one of the base camps of one of the most extraordinary conquests of Mankind. Between 1965 and 1967, the future Apollo astronauts came here because “Iceland was probably the most moon-like place in the world”. Nine of the twelve men who set foot on the moon between 1969 and 1972 came to Husavik to train in a geological environment similar to the one they would encounter. Among these astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon in 1969. A monument in Husavik pays tribute to these heroes.

Husavik My Hometown

20 years after Icelandic pop star Björk’s iconic performance in “Dancer in the Dark” at the 2001 Oscars, in the small town of Húsavík, Lars Eriksson and Sigrit Eriksdóttir have only one dream: to win the Eurovision Song Contest. This is the theme of the Netflix movie “The Story of Fire Saga”. Husavik was the setting for the film and the title of the film’s song. “Husavik, My Hometown”, an ode to the hometown of the two characters, was nominated for the best original song at the 93rd Academy Awards. “My Hometown” has become a sort of anthem for the small Icelandic community of Husavik in a few weeks. The song is now being sung in schools and churches and at boys’ soccer games. As the Oscars approached, the excitement became national. All of Iceland rallied around, and a viral and hilarious Oscar campaign was created that turned “Husavik My Hometown” from an underdog to a potential winner.

Performed by the superb and talented Molly Sandén, the song played at the Oscars ceremony triggered tens of millions of views on Youtube. Despite this international notoriety, Husavik remains the same. Simple, warm, and close to the fantastic nature that surrounds us and that we revere more than anything. Fascinating, spectacular, super-natural are probably the first words that will come to your mind when discovering “Our Hometown”.