The signs of North Sailing

Running a business, whether it is a whale watching company or a restaurant is kind of moot if nobody notices and so we have signs to point the way. At North Sailing and the connected companies we have lot’s of interesting signs to point peoples way towards our many establishments. A good sign does more…

High Season

These last days our operation has been reaching it´s peak. With 11 departures a day in Húsavík and three departures in Ólafsfjörður, the number of passengers, per day, has never been higher. From Húsavík, the departures are at 8:50, 10:00, 11:00 (an off schedule NS-1 tour), 12:00, 13:00, 13:30, 15:30, 17:00 and 20:15And the popular…

Ice Climate Education Camp in Húsavík

The international youth camp “Ice Climate Education” is taking place for the fourth time here in Húsavík during these days with participants from eight different countries (Germany, South Africa, Turkey, Denmark, Estonia, Uganda, England, France). Various lectures are held, for example on climate change, global warming, preservation and photovoltaic, whaling and whale watching. During the…

Dagmar Aaen leaves Húsavík

The Sail Húsavík came to an end some days ago and during these days, most sailing boats are leaving our harbour. Yesterday, the Dagmar Aaen set sail towards Greenland. The plan is to sail into an area north of Scoresbysund and if possible, the crew and their experienced captain Arved Fuchs might even reach 77°…

Good going in Ólafsfjörður

While there haven’t been many big whales in Skjálfandaflói lately reports have been pouring in about great sightings in the next fjord over, Eyjafjörður, in which we recently started offering whale watching trips. These last few days humpback whales have been spotted on the tours much to the delight of our passengers. Pictures say more…

Húsavík Harbour today

As I walked around the Husavik harbour today I wondered if the phrase “harbour culture” actually existed.  I checked Wikipedia but got no result.  Yet the word “Culture” came often to my mind as I walked the area.   There are art exhibits, booths selling all kinds of local products, foreign visitors of all kinds milling…

Annual Sailing to The Creeks of Náttfari

North Sailing’s annual Settlement-sailing to the creeks of Náttfari took place yesterday, but the sailing has become inseparable part of the annual Húsavík Festival (Mærudagar, starting this week) schedule. This year, around 300 people took part in the sailing and along with North Sailing’s boats, Dagmar Aaen and Húni II ferried the settlers across the…

NS Souvenir Shop gets a new home

Last Sunday North Sailing’s Souvenir Shop reopened in a new location, in an old baiting shed in the harbour. North Sailing’s new located Souvenir Shop, on middle floor With it’s raw insides, it holds a charm of former times and icelandic coastal culture. Grey door opening up to the (former) frozen cell   Inside the…

Humpback breaching! Amazing pictures!

A few days ago we had an incredible trip where a humpback whale breached for over an hour right next to one of our boats. We had a researcher from one of the research teams in town named Michelle on board and she managed to get some amazing pictures. Here are a few of them.…

Garðarshólmur

Today I went and spoke to Sigurður Eyberg, the project manager of Garðarshólmur, about the project and asked him some questions about his role as a project manager and the old factory were the building is being set up. Garðarshólmur is meant to become a centre for research and discussion about a sustainable future; sustainable use…

Again with North Sailing – four years later!

This morning we went out on our boat Garðar, with around 50 passengers. As our guide Huld, asked onboard if anyone had been whale watching before, one passenger stepped forward and told that she had. What catched our guide´s interest, was that she had been here before, with North Sailing almost four years ago. We…

Days of whales and chocolate

The last few days have been completely amazing, lots of whales, (mostly) good weather, and many satisfied customers. Reading over the guides blogs from these last few days and weeks; it seems that they bay is absolutely full of whales. From the tiny harbour porpoises to the gargantuan blue whales, the whales are simply everywhere.…

Pictures from the first days of July

The first days of July have been going swimmingly and here are a few photos taken by one of our guides, Christian Schmidt, during some trips.   Lundey bathed in beautiful light.     The puffins of Lundey.   Capt. Alli back at work.   Two humpbacks and Húsavík.   A humpbacks fluke.   A…

Whale-watching in Ólafsfjörður

Whale-watching in our new location, Ólafsfjörður will start again on Friday the 1st of July. There haven’t been any trips for a few days now due to very bad weather, heavy rain and wind. The setting of Ólafsfjörður, at the mouth of Eyjafjörður fjord, is ideal for whale watching, literally minutes away from known feeding…

Getting to know Agnés

Agnés Fournier comes from Montréal in Canada and has worked for North Sailing for the past two summers. I sat down with her to learn a little about her and how she ended up here, in the far North. “I lived here for a few years when I was a kid. My parents were music…

Safety drill

Today we haven’t been going out for whale watching since the weather is rough out in the bay. On days like these we like to do safety drills with our crew, it’s important to constantly going over safety measures and exercises to be ready when, and if, something ever happens.         Excited…