The Husavik Whale Museum, Husavik

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Go to The Husavik Whale Museum to learn about whales, their ecosystems, and Iceland's special relationship with these creatures. Starting off as a small hotel exhibit in 1977, this museum has gained in popularity and expanded into its own non-profit organization. The museum's main goal is to raise awareness of whale species and their environment through education. The site's research has received international attention and inspired a volunteer program. Start on the lower floors where you'll find marine ecosystems, especially in relation to Icelandic whales. Go on to watch a documentary about the issue of whaling. On the upper floors nine whale skeletons include a minke, humpback, and orca. If you've been on a whale watch, bring your ticket for a discount to the museum. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Husavik Whale Museum by using our Husavik trip planner .
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  • If you are going to go hiking in the open sea you can't miss this Whale Museum: found footage, photographs and fossils of these mammals that will make you understand their history and the impact they have had in the daily life of Husavik. Costs: 16 euros per adult. Children are free of charge. Inside you will find a café for free offer. The shop inside offers souvenirs priced cheaper than the nearest shops: indulge!
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  • I visited the whale museum in Husavik in May 2017. It displays the skeletons and drawings of many different whales, explaining the difference between them, how to recognise whales by means of their ta...  more »
  • If you're staying in or passing through town, and you've got half an hour free, worth a visit. Especially with children. Free drinks area. Teaches something but not really deep. Nice and not mandatory. On the northern side towards the harbour there is a fish and chips restaurant. Cheap and best. Huge portions.
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  • This place was really impressive. First of all, to set your expectations, this is a really small, simple museum. It only contains a handful of rooms and can easily be completely covered in an hour. Even so, the star of the show is the whale bones on display and the images from around Iceland of different historical whale events. The bones are well presented and really interesting. When we were there, they had a blue whale skeleton which was amazing! I would highly recommend this after your inevitable whale watching trip.
  • Small but informative exhibit on evolution of whales, types of whales and their behavior, and the history of whaling in Iceland. I enjoyed the reconstructed bones of various beached whales on the upper level. It's interesting to see how small you are in comparison to a whale. You get a discount to the museum if you show your whale watching tour ticket.
  • Loved the narwhale skeleton (and the blue whale skeleton). The rest of the museum seems like a middle school diorama. Possibly worth it if you have small children who are really into whales, otherwise I'd skip it.
  • Absolutely must visit if you're in Husavik. Go before your whale watching tour to be a bit more prepared.
  • Really awesome display. I recommend any tourist to have a look at this whale specific museum with a great variety of specimens and informations especially on history of whaling.

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The many visitors that flock to Husavik can choose from a wide range of accommodation options. Hotels and guesthouses tend to be located near the harbor, providing picturesque views and proximity to much of the city's activity. Cottages and campgrounds lie in the outskirts and are often more economical, particularly for large groups or those planning a lengthy stay. These more rural lodgings also have the advantage of being just a stone’s throw away from hiking paths and other outdoor adventures.
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