Season start – coming up!

This year, we have decided to pre-start the season in Skjálfandi bay on Sunday April 12th and Monday  13th at 13:30 (weather permitting).  So far, summer hasn´t arrived after quite heavy snow storm at the end of March, but we are waiting anxiously for it to show up and bring our bay to life.   If…

Scientific project continues

A few weeks ago we reported about the scientific project that Dr. Marianne Rasmussen and Edda Elísabet Magnúsdóttir Phd. student are working on in Skjálfandi bay. Two EAR's (Ecolocical Acoustic Recorder) have been in the bay the last months but Marianne and Edda retrieved both the EAR's last month and are now working on the…

Just over a month until the season starts

Even though no signs of the summer can be seen in Húsavik these days there’s just over a month until the first whale watching trip of the year is scheduled. North Sailing plans to kick off the season exceptionally early this year or on the 15th of april. Of course this will be subject to weather conditions…

Scientific researches in Skjálfandi Bay

At the Husavik Research center Dr. Marianne Rasmussen and Ph.D student Edda Elísabet Magnúsdóttir have been working on a new reasearch on whales in Skjálfandi Bay. This reasearch is unique because they use technology that has never before been used in cold waters. This technology is called EAR (Ecological Acoustic Recorder) and has been developed…

Statement regarding whaling decision around Iceland

In reaction to Iceland´s Minister for Fisheries decision concerning commercial whaling, North Sailing and the Húsavík Whale Museum would like to state the following: "North Sailing and the Húsavík Whale Museum regret and  criticize the decision of Iceland’s Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture to permit large scale whaling during the next five years a total…

North Sailing´s tv channel

In summer 2008 we had a team visiting from Realnature.tv from Kiel, Germany and in cooperation with our guide, Martin Varga, they documented whale watching with North Sailing as well as other subjects. The dialogs are in German but the clips speak for themselves. 🙂 The result can be seen on North Sailing´s realnature.tv channel. North Sailing…

October Whale Watching

This season has been a long one for North Sailing as we started with our scheduled tours on April 19th and today, october 14th, we‘re still taking passengers out to explore Skjálfandi Bay. On october 10th we sailed out with several brave tourists from 4 different countries: The Netherlands, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Russia. At this…

An autumn coast culture staff tour

The ordinary work was skipped this day and on a small bus the group ventured north over Tjörnes peninsular, visiting museum of Mánárbakki and then later the national park of Vatnajökull where a new visitors center was visited.   The main goal of the tour was to have fun with friends and co-workers but visiting…

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.…