September super tour!

It was a september super tour that was offered today by captain Hreiðar Olgeirsson and guide, Þórdís Jóhannesdóttir when they ventured out to Skjálfandi bay on m/b Bjössi Sör. The last few days have been tricky with some unsuccessful tours but others with minke whales, humpback whales and even bottlenosed whales.   Today however they…

North Sailing at Vestnorden for the 14th time!

Heimir Harðarson and Sunna Guðmundsdóttir, landlady of Gamli Baukur, went to Vestnorden Travel Mart 2008.  This was Sunna's first time at the travelmart that this time was held in Reykjavík.  For Heimir though it was more of a reunion as he was now attending his 11th Vestnorden since his first in 1996.     North Sailing thanks all…

whale watching twice a day throughout September

Two trips are scheduled every day throughout September.  At 10:00 and 13:30.   So far September has been rather difficult with some tours without a sighting.  Other tours have though been successful and a total of 6 species have been spotted recently:  Bottlenosed whales, Minke whales, humpback whales, Blue whales, porpoises and dolhins.    

The humpback is back!

After few weeks where the bottlenosed whales have been the main entertainer the humpback is back!  Most of August has seen Northern bottlenosed whales play the main role in the bay but in the last trip of today captain Hreiðar and guide Thordis found a humpback whale to much joy after two very poor trips…

Martin Varga

January 2006 The first e-mail which left my computer in Germany arrived a few seconds later on the mail-account of North Sailing in Húsavík on Iceland. I had to wait a couple of days, but than I got a reply from Heimir with mainly one question: – Dear Martin, are you experienced in sailing? Hhhmmmm,…

Northern Bottlenosed Whales in Skjálfandi

For the last week or so we have spotted two northern bottlenosed whales in many of our tours. These whales are rarely seen in inlets and bays, preferring deeper waters. No other whale species, except sperm whales, dives as deep as the northern bottlenose whale. Their diet, like that of other toothed whales, consists mainly…

Rémy Tokouda

This summer Rémy Tokouda from New-Caledonia has been working for us here at North Sailing. Rémy arrived in beginning of June. He was hitchhiking around Iceland and wanted to earn a some money to continue his journey. But he liked it so much here that he decided to spend the rest of his time in Iceland…

Jumping Humpback whale

Two days ago passengers on board schooner Haukur and Bjössi Sör witnessed a very active Humpback whale jumping for about 3 hours without stopping. We have seen some jumps this summer but nothing like that. When they jump the usually just do it few times but this one reminded us of the Humpback that jumped…

Busy day

Today we had a really big day so big that we had to rent an extra boat, Níels Jónsson, a 30 ton oak boat from Eyjarfjörður. We took Níels out for two tours today and we were very happy with the boat. The weather was fantastic today, sunny and 20°C and the Bay is full…

Killer whales killing a minke whale!

About a 100 passengers on North Sailing boats witnessed a group of Killer whales killing a Minke whale today. Something very few people have witnessed before was encountered by two of North Sailing boats.  It was an emotional moment when people could see the wild nature at its wildest when the minke whale was being slaughtered.…

Plenty of whales in Skjálfandi Bay

For the last few days there has been a lot of whales inside Skjálfandi Bay. We have spotted Dolphins, Minkes, a lot of Humpbacks and Blue whales. The weather has also been good and the weather forecast for the week is great.     Passengers taking pictures of a Humpback whale.     Annual Húsavík…

Humpbacks and Minkes

Skjálfandi Bay is full of whales at the moment. This morning we sailed across the Bay and saw four Humpback whales and six Minke whales close to the mountains of Kinn.     One of the Humpback whales between two of North Sailings boats, Bjössi Sör and Knörrinn     One of the Humpback whales…

Blue Whales again

This morning we spotted three Blue whales in Skjálfandi Bay. We haven't seen the Blue whales now for more than a week so we were really glad to see those giants again.     Passenger on board schooner Haukur looking at one of Blue whales     The Blue whales were very calm so it was easy…

A sunny day

Today, after a lot of fog, rain and cold northerly wind for the last few days, the sun started to shine again here in Húsavík. This morgning we took both Náttfari and Bjöss Sör out for whale whatching with 115 passengers.     One of the Humpback whales close to our boat Náttfari    …

Blue Whales become common visitors to Skjálfandi Bay

In 2006, Húsavík whale watchers saw a surge in the number of humpback whales.  Two years later, even larger whales are visiting Skjálfandi Bay in record numbers.     One of the Humpback whales in Skjálfandi bay.     Why are so many oversized tourists visiting Húsavík? Alas, they are only here for the food……

Humpback almost inside the harbour

Sometimes we don´t have to go far away from the harbour to find the whales. Last night when we were coming back to the harbour from the evening tour we found a Humpback whale almost inside the harbour. This was a fantastic end of a successful tour because erlier we spotted Blue whales, another Humpback…

Wounded Humpback whale

The wounded Humpback whale has been here in the bay for at least one week now. He has been very lively and we are pretty sure that he is not in a lot of pain from his wounded fluke. But it is clear that this Humpback has got tangled in a ghost net (net that…

The Blue whales are here again – Pictures

Captain Hrólfur and guide Þórdís managed to find two Blue whales just few minutes ago. One of those Blue whales is really big, more then 20 meters long, and the crew managed to get very close to this unbelievably big animals.        This is the second time this season that we see Blue whales here in Skjálfandi bay and…