Donna Wood report

Donna Wood is now midway between Shetlands islands and the Faroye Islands. We received a status report from the crew stating that the trip from Skagen in Denmark to the Shetlands islands was favourable in terms of winds and sailing conditions.   The crew weathered off a storm in Lerwick in the Shetland islands for…

Donna Wood is en route to Iceland

The sailing ship Donna Wood, recently purchased by North Sailing is en route to Iceland.   The trip is going well and the ship sailed in to port Lerwick in the Shetland islands at around 10 am yesterday morning. The trip can be monitored live by clicking here. Sailing ship Donna Wood is the newest…

Two whale watching tours today

Due to a labour strike in Iceland – only two whale wathing tours (NS-1) )are scheduled today (May 7th) from Húsavík.   Departures are at 10:00 and 13:30.   The price for the tour is 9.300 ISK for adults and 3.800 ISK for 7-15 years. Passengers under 7 years are free of charge.   Further…

A sign of a good summer

It´s not exactly what one would first think of as a sign of a good summer, but Icelandic folklore says different. A view from Café Hvalbakur terrace – overlooking Gamli Baukur Restaurant   The story goes like this: If winter and summer frees together, the summer will be good. Perhaps this is a part of…

North Sailing presents an electric future

North Sailing presented recent developments last Friday, 17 April in Reykjavík, for travel agencies in Reykjavík and people from the tourism industry.   Birna Lind Björnsdóttir and Árni Sigurbjarnarson   Birna Lind Björnsdóttir, Head of Sales and Communication, presented North Sailing’s product range and on-going projects. Árni Sigurbjarnarson, one of the owners of North Sailing,…

The Humpback is back in Skjálfandi Bay

The humpback is back in Skjálfandi Bay after a long winter in the Caribbean Sea. First animals were sighted yesterday on North Sailing´s oak ship Náttfari.   © Hörður Jónasson  – A photo taken yesterday of a humpback in Skjálfandi Bay   The humpback whale, 11-19 m in length, is a baleen whale, like the…

Electric motor challenge at the shipyard

As part of the installment of a new unique Regenerative Plug-in Hybrid Propulsion system in the sailing ship Opal, North Sailing ship builders at the Húsavík shipyard faced a tough challenge. Traditional Sailing ship Opal How to get the 1.5 ton electric motor down into the engine room of the 64 years old oak ship…

The blue whale is in Skjálfandi bay

Crew and passengers on board the whale watching boat Náttfari spotted a blue whale just before 11:00 am today. Blue whale diving   According to captain Már Eyfjörð Höskuldsson, the blue whale seems to be feeding in the bay. Skjálfandi bay is one of the few places in Iceland where the blue whale – this…

Electrified atmosphere at North Sailing

North Sailing recently purchased two VW e-Golf electric cars in accordance with the company´s environmental policy. The cars will be used by the sales office in Reykjavík and the main office in Húsavík. From left: Birna Lind Björnsdóttir sales manager at North Sailing, Árni Þorsteinsson sales manager for VW cars at Hekla dealership and Heimir…

Solar Eclipse Special a great success

Today, March 20th at 09:41 am, a Solar Eclipse of around 98% was viewable from North Iceland. This was the darkest Eclipse in Iceland for more then 60 years or since 1954. The next one of this magnitude is in the year 2026. Sailing ship Hildur leaving Húsavík harbour at 8:30 for the Solar Eclipse…

An experience of our lifetime!

Few things are more giving in tourism then the gratitude of satisfied customers. Such gratitude was recently received by email and we would like to share it with you!   It is truly motivating for our staff to receive a statement like this and will encourage us to do even better!   Hello!It is almost…

Donna Wood in dry-dock in Gilleleje

Donna Wood prepares for the voyage from Denmark to Iceland in a dry-dock in Gilleleje in Denmark, where the ship is being inspected and serviced.   Captain Heimir Harðarson expects the ship will depart for Iceland early April – depending on a favourable weather forecast. The two mast Donna Wood is the latest addition to…

New addition to the North Sailing fleet

The latest addition to the North Sailing fleet is the beautiful two mast oak ship Donna Wood built in 1918. Representing Danish shipbuilding tradition at its very best Donna Wood was originally built as a lighthouse ship but in 1990 the ship underwent massive restoration and was equipped with rigging and sails.   Donna Wood…

Preparation for next season has started

When the summer season ends it is time to prepare for the next season. During offseason we take our boats up in the Húsavik shipyard for routine maintenance and repairing if require. We pride ourselves of our boats and therefore work hard to keep them in top condition each year.   The schooners Opal and Hildur…

Formal Opening ceremony and North Sailing anniversary

Last weekend we celebrated the official opening of our new facility and North Sailings’ 20th anniversary.On Friday night the contractors involved in the construction of the facility were invited as well as employees, individuals, colleagues and tour operators of the area. Light refreshments were offered with live dinner music by Kiddi Halldórs, Siggi Illuga and…