Great weather and plenty of whales!

The summer is here and the sun is shining.  The whales seem find this most agreeable, and in the last few days we’ve had great success in our tours.  We’ve seen a variety of species such as the Humpback whale, the Minke whale, White-Beaked dolphins as well as the magnificent Blue whale! We’ve also not…

Super whale watching

At 13:00 I came down to the pier and waited for our boat, Bjössi Sör, to return from the morning trip. Guide Christian said it was probably one of the best whale watching tour he had ever been on, they saw 4 humpback whales in the same spot and then they found a minke whale…

Blue whales in the bay again!

It seems like the Blue whales are once again on time, but the last few years we have seen them around the same time, around the beginning of June.  In fact, the 27th of May was also the first day we spotted them last year, so they are very timely!     An hour and a…

South Iceland emerges from the ashes

Clean-up operations following the eruption in Grímsvötn are well under way. Most of the ejected ash fell in a small area South and Southeast of the volcano, but locals expect to be able to resume life as usual in a matter of days.   Minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism, Katrin Juliusdottir, has extended a…

Grímsvötn Volcanic Eruption

Professor Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, geophysicist at the University of Iceland, has confirmed that volcanic activity in Grímsvötn has peaked, and while the eruption has not been declared over, it will most likely not reach previous volumes. The eruption continued yesterday, but the volcano has only emitted a fraction of the material it previously spewed. Today,…

A breaching Humpback whale!

Yes, today at 13:30 some 9 lucky passengers left the harbour with us and they sure did not know what they had coming! We found a nice humpback whale after about 40 mins which we followed for a while, or until we spotted another blow a bit further north. The wind had picked up quite…

Perfect whale watching on Friday 13th

This morning was one of the best whale watching tours we have had this season so far. We went out in perfect whale watching conditions and it didn’t take us long to spot the blow from a humpback whale. We went closer and while we were waiting for the humpback whale to come up again,…

Getting ready for the season

Everything is almost ready for the whale watching season but in the next few weeks the stream of tourists is going to increase a lot. We have been lucky with both weather, whales and number of passengers since we started going out on tours the 1st of April this year. In the good weather today…

Humpbacks and minke whales

This morning captain Hrólfur, guide Halla Marín and some 29 passengers went out on Knörrinn hoping to find whales. And whales they found!   After about a half an hour sailing west a humpback whale appeared much to the enjoyment of both passengers and crew members. A humpback whale hasn’t been seen in the bay…

The first Humpback whale of the season!

We usually have very high sighting rates on our whale watching tours and it doesn’t happen very often that there are no whales or dolphins seen on a tour. But from time to time we have trips like the one yesterday, where we were searching a huge area for almost three and a half hours…

Minke whales in beautiful weather

The weather has been very nice the last days here in Húsavík with a lot of sun and there seems to be more and more life in the bay now. During the last three days we have seen two minke whales and several harbour porpoises on every tour as well as many different kinds of…

Construction work on Náttfari coming to an end

Those who have been following our news section on our website are aware of the reconstruction and renovation of North Sailing‘s vessel, Náttfari during the winter months.   The new railing on backboard and stern side of the boat is almost finished and the new 420 horsepower Scania engine is getting ready to be tested.…

Researches

Each year, researches of whales are becoming a bigger part of Skjálfandi Bay   Ever since North Sailing began offering regular whale and nature watching in Skjálfandi Bay the company has striven to assist scholars and researchers, both Icelandic and foreigners, to perform various marine biology studies in the bay.   At first this was…

Construction work on Náttfari

Our webpage’s newsmonger took a stroll to the harbor to follow up on the work done on one of North Sailing’s newest addition to the fleet, Náttfari, which has been in the shipyard the whole winter for restoration.   On deck, Guðmundur the shipbuilder was busy finishing the new railing on backboard and stern side…

North Sailing website wins the Icelandic Web Awards

The North Sailing website, www.northsailing.is, was recently awarded the Icelandic Web Awards. The awards goes out annually, to the websites chosen each year for being excellent in their field or business. The jury consists of professionals who evaluate the candidates based on technical quality, appearance and usability.   The North Sailing website was nominated as…

North Sailing expands operations

Entering its 17th year at the forefront of whale watching in Iceland the year 2011 will be one of tremendous progress for North Sailing as plans to expand operations in North Iceland have been implemented.   Situated West of Húsavík at the mouth of Eyjafjörður fjord the quaint village of Ólafsfjörður has been chosen as…

Almost Christmas

In the final days before Christmas our webpage’s newsmonger took a stroll to the harbor and watched with interest while some North Sailing employees were at work. The day went smoothly and all workers were relaxed and very clear that Christmas was approaching. They had just finished covering the schooner Hildur and some were polishing…

The new workshop

Recently, several employees of North Sailing have been busy restoring the new workshop at Höfðaver, both internally and externally. Earlier this fall a fence was set up around the property and new soil was placed around the storage container which is expected to store oak and other hardwood which the company needs to keep in…