Wedding onboard Hildur

Yesterday Michele Denaro and Paolo Longhi got married onboard schooner Hildur. The couple was in the second group of the Greenland tour and wanted to get married in Iceland. They were very happy to have the wedding down in Hildur since they had just enjoyed a week onboard they both said has left a big…

A dream come true

In 1999 Nils Bjartur Hailer moved from Stuttgart, Germany, to Iceland. Nils joined the crew of North Sailing in 2004 and his interest for wooden sailingboats grew when he came in encounter with schooner Haukur.   When Nils was a young boy he heard and read a lot about the adventures of the german explorer…

Sailors in an Icelandic rainforest

Last wednesday, Dagmar Aaen arrived from Arved Fuchs expedition to Greenland (www.arved-fuchs.de). The North Sailing family was happy to have them back in Húsavík and on saturday the crew of Dagmar Aaen were invited to Fellsskógur, a forest in a valley south of Skjálfandi bay. The glacier river, Skjálfandafljót, runs in this valley on its…

Greenland tour a great success

It is a pleasure to write that the first Greenland tour was a great success! According to both passengers and the crew the experience of the beautiful fjordsystem of Scoresby Sund in northeast Greenland was more than one could dream of. One of the passengers, Ute Zimmer, phrased her experience very nicely:   “Thank you…

Sydkap and Bear islands

August 21st: News from Schooner Hildur at N71°16’  W25°12′ “We arrived at Sydkap this morning and have been slightly delayed due to ice on the fjord. We have already caught some fish which will end up on tonight´s BBQ at Jytteshavn, Bear islands. We´ve already spotted a Muskox, Seals and a few Snow hares. The…

Hildur arrived to Greenland

Schooner Hildur arrived in Scoresby Sund last night. The sailing was smooth until they reached Cape Brewster and ice was blocking their way. They sailed further north and managed to work their way through the ice and enter the fjord close to cape Tobin.         When navigating through the ice, the crew…

Hildur gone to Greenland

Last night Hildur departed for Greenland after a long preperation.  The boat was on schedule and the crew was enthusiastic to get going. It was already getting dark when the boat left the harbour after the final goodbyes. One of our schooner deckhands was there with a camera and snapped some pictures.   The boat…

Activ heads off to Greenland

On last wednesday, 3rd of august, the magestic Activ continued her journey up to Northeast Greenland. Activ is on an „expedition driven by sails, science and art“. Follow at www.ekspeditionen2011.dk   In 2008 Activ sailed up to Húsavík on another expedition to Northeast Greenland. North Sailing got to know her captain, Jonas Bergsøe and his…

Dagmar Aaen and Pirola say goodbye

On the 27th of july our german friendships Pirola and Dagmar Aaen left the harbour of Húsavík in beautiful summer weather. Pirola headed back to her home port in  Hamburg, Germany. Dagmar Aaen has been waiting for the ice-situation in Northeast Greenland to improve. Meanwhile they wanted to explore the scenary of north Iceland and…

Sailing ships in Húsavík

Soon the last of the visiting boats of Sail Husavik 2011 will leave.  It’s surely been amazing to have these beautiful ships in town.  There is something mesmerizing about sailing ships.  They’re a reminder of the past, a reminder of how quickly the present can turn into history.We are gripped by the same feeling when…

The Sail Húsavík Regatta

The high point of Sail Húsavík took place today. “The Regatta”, or the battle of the Sail Boats, started at 11:30. Beforehand, all the boats had prepared and when the shot was fired, close to 20 ships raced for the Buoy about 4 miles out in Skjálfandi Bay, and back. The wind was quite decent…

Activ arrives in Húsavík

The beautiful three masted schooner, Activ arrived at the Húsavík harbour today, monday. It is here for the festival Sail Húsavík, that extends from Saturday 16th to Saturday the 23rd. A part of the attending boats went on a short cruise to bid Activ and her crew welcome and sail with them the last few…

Sail Húsavík starting

Sail Húsavík begins today and the boats have been arriving a few days now. Tonight some more arrived including some sailboats from the Faroe Islands. I went to check on some of the crewmembers of the ketch Dragin and the sloop Johanna. They told me that the passing from Faroe Islands to Iceland had taken…

Sail Húsavík just around the corner!

Sail Húsavík, a Nordic coastal culture festival, is now just around the corner and we at North Sailing are looking very much forward.     Some of the more remarkable and beautiful gaff riggers of the North Atlantic are now on the way among them the Dagmar Aaen, Activ and Pirola.  Tha faroese ketches, Johanna and…

Schooner Hildur back in homeport!

Schooner Hildur arrived in her home port, Húsavík this morning at 05:30.   With a crew of 4 Hildur sailed over 700 nautical miles and visited different places.  From isolated and deserted fjords of the Westfjords to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík and something in between there’s a lot to tell and lots of pictures…

Schooner Hildur back from Greenland

Schooner Hildur came to Húsavík today after a spectacular and adventurous 10 day journey to Greenland. The trip was a huge success and crew members were truly grateful to have had the oportunity to experience the extreme beauty of Scoresbysund and surroundings. Following are a few pictures taken during the trip and more detailed description…