Húsavik Light

Husavik, Iceland | C.1956

Photo Credit: Matthijs Van Mierlo

Sixty-six degrees north of the equator, off the northeastern coast of Iceland near the Arctic Circle, the brightly painted Húsavik Lighthouse spends the winter in near-perpetual darkness.  On December 21, the sun is out for a total of two hours and forty-five minutes.

Since 1956, this lighthouse has guided fishing boards safely through Skjálfandaflói Bay to the small town of Húsavik.  However, it’s not the only illumination to be seen in Iceland’s winter skies.  The phenomenal light displays on the aurora borealis, visible from the fishing port of Húsavik, have sparked the imagination of northern dwellers for centuries and continue to astound skywatchers today.

Many people climb to the top of Húsavik Lighthouse to view the aquatic wildlife in Skjálfandaflói Bay.  Minke and humpback whales, orcas, and even blue whales have been spotted from the top of the lighthouse.  And when the northern lights decide to make their way across the night sky, the top of the lighthouse makes for the perfect place to view them in all their real and ethereal splendor.

 

AWA Community Insight:
alexandra_derby I helped excavate the first Viking longhouse/temple in Iceland outside Husavik in 2001. We found ritual deposits of animal bones arranged specifically. A very special place to my heart 💛

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