Immerse yourself in the world of whales

The whale museum in Húsavík

Opening hours

April - October

November - March

About the museum

The whale museum is located in a small, beautiful fishing village in the northern part of Iceland, Húsavík. Húsavík is often called the whale capital of Iceland, as it is a popular destination for whale watching.

The museum is one of the few museums in the world that is specifically dedicated to whales and their world. Various exhibits give visitors a deep insight into the world of these magnificent mammals and their role in the ocean's ecosystems. The exhibits include 13 whale skeletons, interactive exhibition technology, films and interesting stories about whales and our relationship with them over the centuries. Visitors learn about the history of development, the biology and behavior of whales, the history of whaling off Iceland, the protection of whale populations and ocean areas, to name a few.

The museum's goal is to share information about whales and their habitat through exhibitions and museum education in a practical and interesting way.

Price & location


kr 2500
  • Grownup.


  • Children (16 years and under)
    must be accompanied by an adult.


kr 15.000
  • Must book 5 days in advance.
    Available in Icelandic and English.
    Maximum 30 people.

the Team

Eva Björk Káradóttir


Heiðar Hrafn Halldórsson

Project manager

Garðar Thröstur Einarsson

Museum education

"Is somewhat freer, more independent and more neutral than seeing a whale navigate its course on the surface of the ocean."

Jóhannes kjarval, 1948.


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Everything about Húsavík

Are you looking for information about accommodation, entertainment, restaurants, opening hours or interesting destinations or hiking trails? Everything you need to know can be found on the website Visit Húsavík