Nestled on the edge of Skjálfandi Bay, the town of Húsavík is one of the best locations in the world to watch whales. There is a higher chance of seeing whales in Húsavík than any other place in Iceland. The most typical whale visitors to Skjálfandi Bay are humpbacks, minke and blue. The reason for such a high percentage of whales in this area is the thriving ecosystem in the bay. Melting snow and rivers bring nutrients from mineral-rich locations which, when combined with the boundless summer sun, leads to teeming masses of plankton, the main source of food for baleen whales.