Safetypractice on board schooner HAUKUR

Today a crew of seven went out on our schooner HAUKUR on our monthly safety drill. While the weather was not offering perfect conditions for whale watching we used the time and occasion for checking the rigging and testing the new reefing system. Our boatsman Agnes has done a great job, and we are now…

Blue whales in the bay!!!

We just got word from captain Heimir on our sailing schooner “Hildur”, that they (together with North Sailing’s other boat “Bjössi Sör” with captain Hrólfur) have been watching at least three (maybe even four) blue whales on the morning tour. It is of course an amazing sight to see the largest animal on the planet…

No more minimum 4 pax required

    For the following tours: •             Edge of the Arctic NSE-1 (departure from Húsavík) •             Edge of the Arctic with Eagle Air NSE-1A (return flight from Reykjavík to Húsavík)     Improving our service We constantly try to improve our services and strive to simplify our booking process. We have therefore decided to cancel…

Feeding Humpback whale

Today there were some great moments on board our boat Knörrinn, when a Humpback whale was seen feeding in the surface, very close to the boat. Christian guide, managed to capture these moments on camera and following are a few pictures of this active Humpback whale.   ©Christian Schmidt ©Christian Schmidt ©Christian Schmidt ©Christian Schmidt…

First Humpback whale of the season!

Great news from the crew of Knörrinn: First Humpback of the season spotted! We have not been out there for some days now due to stormy weather but today the wind has slowed down and the sun is shining. Hopefully the temperature will increase and bring more whales and birds into our bay.   Hopefully…

Season start 2012

The first tour of the season was on April 2nd. The weather was beautiful but really cold with some fresh snow around and a couple of minus centigrades. The second tour was today and the weather was a little bit milder and the sea was quite flat. We sailed out across the bay towards the…

A succsessful introduction tour

Recently North Sailing, in cooperation with Fjallasýn and Eagle Air offered introduction tour for 16 travel agents from Reykjavík. The reason was the upcoming flight schedule of Eagle Air which kicks off on April 15th. See further information on combo tours this upcoming season: Whale watching and Lake Mývatn with Eagle Air and Edge of…

GEO's photo of the day

A photo from North Sailing’s Greenland tour has been chosen the readers’ photo of the day at GEO magazine in Germany. The photo is taken by captain Heimir on his tour to Greenland in 2010 and shows Schooner Hildur by this amazing glacier in Scoresby Sound fjord.

 

GEO photo of the month

 

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Mid Atlantic Seminar & Trade Show

The Mid-Atlantic Seminar & Trade Show, organised by the airline Icelandair, was held in Reykjavík in early February. It is an annual key event in tourism and offers the ideal setting for travel industry professionals from around the globe to meet, work together and exchange ideas.   Conveniently located in Iceland, midway between Europe and…

Happy new year!

The whole staff of North Sailing would like to wish everyone a very Happy & Prosperous New Year!

Let us all hope that 2012 is a great year for the Whales & Marine Life we love and respect so much !

 

Passing a polar bear on the way to Greenland.

Mark Carwardine is inspired by Iceland

Zoologist Mark Carwardine is an award winning writer, media personality and wildlife photographer who visited us last summer. We are honoured to post this interview on our page and hope this will “inspire” you to join North Sailing for a magical whale watching trip! Zoologist Mark Carwardine is an award winning writer, media personality and…

Autumn works

Our webpage’s newsmonger is on duty again and will during the winter report regularly what is happening within North Sailing during the winter, so keep posted !!!   North Sailing’s boat fleet is now being moved to the shipyard for it’s yearly restoration and makeover.   Stefán Gunnarsson and Garðar are renewing the heating system…

Season 2011 has come to an end

Ahoy!   A very successful 2011 season has come to an end. In general, this was probably one of the most exciting seasons of the company´s 17 seasons so far! We had all of our 6 beautiful oak boats in full operation going on very diverse tours; from the 3 hour Original Whale Watching, to…

Volkswagen Oldtimers

On June 18th, 2011 the North Sailing peer looked like a German car factory from the mid last century. Yes, it sounds weird but no less than 27 old Volkswagens gathered there with 54 people in their seats. All 54 then went whale watching and left their cars for other tourists and the locals to…

Rebuilding the old fishing boats

The first reason North Sailing’s owners bought Knörrinn, the first boat, was the preservation of old Icelandic fishing vessels; many of which lay rotting in harbours all around Iceland. As beautiful as the boats look today most of them were in bad condition when North Sailing bought them and it took a lot of work…

The signs of North Sailing

Running a business, whether it is a whale watching company or a restaurant is kind of moot if nobody notices and so we have signs to point the way. At North Sailing and the connected companies we have lot’s of interesting signs to point peoples way towards our many establishments. A good sign does more…

High Season

These last days our operation has been reaching it´s peak. With 11 departures a day in Húsavík and three departures in Ólafsfjörður, the number of passengers, per day, has never been higher. From Húsavík, the departures are at 8:50, 10:00, 11:00 (an off schedule NS-1 tour), 12:00, 13:00, 13:30, 15:30, 17:00 and 20:15And the popular…

Ice Climate Education Camp in Húsavík

The international youth camp “Ice Climate Education” is taking place for the fourth time here in Húsavík during these days with participants from eight different countries (Germany, South Africa, Turkey, Denmark, Estonia, Uganda, England, France). Various lectures are held, for example on climate change, global warming, preservation and photovoltaic, whaling and whale watching. During the…

Dagmar Aaen leaves Húsavík

The Sail Húsavík came to an end some days ago and during these days, most sailing boats are leaving our harbour. Yesterday, the Dagmar Aaen set sail towards Greenland. The plan is to sail into an area north of Scoresbysund and if possible, the crew and their experienced captain Arved Fuchs might even reach 77°…