The bay is full of life

After a cold start of the season it has now started warming up and the bay seems to be livelier by the day. In so cases humpbacks, minke whales, harbour porpoise and dolphins have been spotted on the same trip. Yesterday a humpback breached just by the side of one of North Sailing’s boats offering…

German honeymooners aboard Knorrinn

Earlier this week North Sailing staff had the pleasure of having onboard, a honeymoon couple from Germany. Despite the cold northerly winds, they enjoyed the trip. On their return Nils, one of our guides, handed them a small gift as a souvenir from their visit to Husavik. We wish them all the best in the…

Educational trip for a local school

Earlier this week a group of 60 purples and teachers from Reykjahlidarskoli in the Lake Myvatn region ventured out on Nattfari, North Sailing´s largest boat. The trip was a success and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. They then visited the renowned Whale Museum which is always popular with the younger generation. KK

First Humpback whale of the season

Today, 26 passengers of Knorrinn were lucky enough to see the first humpback whale of the season. Crew of Knorrinn in this trip were Hrolfur Thorhallsson, now steering a Whale watching boat on Skjálfandi Bay for his 8th consecutive season, and Hilda Kristjánsdóttir, guide. HH A humpback whale near m/b Knörrinn Captain Hrólfur Thorhallsson

Icelandair staff from London on summer´s first trip.

Yesterday, North Sailing had the pleasure of hosting a group of employees from the Icelandair office in London. They were here to study North Sailing´s operation and see what Húsavík has to offer. Although the official whale watching season hasn´t started yet, nobody could resist sailing out to the beautiful bay as conditions were great,…

North Sailing survey shows customer´s satisfaction

Last summer a survey was conducted among North Sailing´s passengers, on their views and feelings regarding the company´s service standards and issues, such as whaling. Elsa M. Jakobsdottir, studying sociology at the University of Iceland, lead the project in cooperation with the Husavik Academic Centre. The survey expressed positive and encouraging results for North Sailing…

Luxury apartments in historic house

North Sailing buys and restores a historic house in Husavik´s centre. Recently North Sailing bought a historic building in the centre of Husavik, and plans to convert it into flats. Work has already started on the house and is scheduled to finish in early June. The building was previously the home of a corner shop…

ICELANDIC MYTHS AND TALES OF WHALES

The text below is borrowed from www.icewhale.is, the website of the Whale Museum in Husavik. In Old Icelandic Sagas, around seventeen stories describe the relationship between humans and whales. Though, none of these stories portray whaling or processing of the meat. In former times, with the fishing boats being much smaller, it is not hard…

King Winter brings white christmas

Over one night almost a meter thick layer of snow accumilated in Húsavík. This is the heaviest snowfall in one night for a long time. This snow will ensure us white christmas which is of course essential to enjoy the holidays to the full. The following pictures where taken in Húsavík today. HH Restaurant Gamli…

The historic building “Hallandi”

Back in 1997, North sailing bought the historical house “Hallandi”, located just off Husavik´s main road, with great views of the harbour and Skjalfandi bay. Last year the company started rebuilding the house and that way, guarantee its presence in the town for years to come. Due to its great location and quirky looks “Hallandi”…

Fascinating Facts

Largest: The blue whale is the heaviest and longest animal on Earth. The average adult length is 25m (82ft) in males and 26.2m (86ft) in females, with body weights of 90-120 tonnes. Smallest: Hector´s dolphin is the world´s smallest cetacean. They may be only 1.2m (3ft11in) long when fully grown. Although, taking average lengths, the…

Dolphins protect lifeguards from shark attack

A group of lifeguards practising off Ocean Beach near Whangarei on New Zealand´s North Island have recently revealed how they were protected by a pod of bottlenose dolphins. The lifeguards reported that they spent approximately 40 minutes surrounded by the dolphins. It is believed that this altruistic behaviour was due to the presence of a…

Maintenance in a mild climate

Although North Sailing´s boats have been docked for the winter, the company´s staff has been busy preparing for the winter. The weather is nice in Húsavík on the first day of November, 7°C and light sout winds. Therefore, Sigurbjörn Sörensson and the brothers, Hreiðar Olgeirsson and Skarphéðinn Olgeirsson, were busy with maintenance of Gamli Baukur,…

Surf on Skjálfandi-Bay

North Sailing´s scheduled whale watching trips are over for the 2004 season. The last trip was made Saturday 18th but due to bad weather, trips have been cancelled for the last 2 days. Over 30 passengers joined North Sailing´s vessel, Náttfari, on the last tour, 18. sept. and in that tour, a minkie whale and…

North Sailing on Vestnorden Travel Mart

This year, Vestnorden Travel Mart was held in Reykjavík, Iceland, on 13 – 15 September. The Vestnorden Travel Mart is an venue to learn about the various travel opportunities in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Representatives from these countries will demonstrate all the classic and latest opportunities in tourism. This is the 10th Vestnorden…

North Sailing in Naustavík

On the 10th of september, over 100 school children from Húsavík´s elementary school, Borgarhólsskóli, sailed with North Sailing across the bay and took land on in the mountains in Naustavík (Nausta-creek). This is not the first time we welcome Húsavík´s school children and hopefully not the last. We sailed on two of our boats, Náttfari…