A sunken whale hunting boat becomes an Eco-friendly whale watching vessel
As of tomorrow, April 1, North Sailing offers two daily departures for its whale watching tours from Húsavík. North Sailing is constantly expanding its operations and is currently having its latest vessel carefully restored at the local shipyard under the watchful eye of North Sailing’s master craftsmen.
The restored wooden boat will be launched and ready for whale watching activities as of July 1. This ninth ship in North Sailing’s fleet will become one of the world’s eco-friendliest whale watching vessels, entirely battery run and charged with Iceland’s green land-based electricity.
According to Gústaf Gústafsson, Director of Product development, Marketing and Sales at North Sailing, the company has recently offered its passengers the chance to visit the shipyard to monitor the restoration process. Since 1994 North Sailing has carefully restored six historic, Icelandic wooden vessels, and subsequently taken a leading role in the preservation of a vital part of Icelandic coastal culture.
The vessel now being restored was once used by whale hunters. She sank in Sandgerdi harbour some years ago. However, once lifted back to the surface the hull was bought by North Sailing for restoration.
In a few months’ time this old vessel will not only have been completely restored but will also have done the full circle. Once a vessel for whale hunting, now an eco-friendly vessel for whale watching.