Currently, Húsavík, the earliest of settlements in Iceland, which used to be known mainly as a fishing and farming community, has turned into a bustling, ever expanding modern industrial centre, whose development has during the past two decades been characterised by daring ventures into tourism. One of the foundations of this industry was laid in 1995, when innovative entrepreneurs set up whale watching tours in order to capitalise on the proximity of this Tjörnes site to the wide open coast line of Skjálfandaflói, where whales of numerous different species have from time immemorial surfaced to frolic and play in their inimitable way, much to the delight of spectators.
Travellers, who prefer on-land exploration, have many options in this northerly location. Thus, Fjallasýn, with its country wide travel operations, engages actively in year round promotion and operation of exploratory bus and coach tours that enable visitors to enjoy the spectacular scenery at sites such as Ásbyrgi national park, the mighty and majestic waterfall of Dettifoss, not to mention the geological, volcanic and bird life features of the adjacent Mývatn district. The caldera of Askja in Dyngjufjöll is a bit farther away, but its beauty may well be worth the added travel effort.
Travellers of a scientific geological and historical bent will at Tjörnes find some of the most remarkable fossil layers in Iceland. Currently, scientists from research institutes and universities all over the world, have studied these remains in order e.g. to trace changes in climate, vegetation and marine life from the beginning of the Ice Age.