5 species in one trip!

Náttfari (lit. one/he who travels at night) was true to his name as he came into harbor around midnight tonight after a magnicifent tour.  Five species were spotted in the tour and not all of them of the smaller variety, to say the least.  In fact, White-Beaked Dolphin, Minke whale, Humpback, Fin whale and Blue…

Blue whales in the sunshine

When we went out this morning, we finally had nice weather and beautiful whale watching conditions: The sun was shining and the sea was much calmer than it had been the days before. We left the harbour at 10:00 and set the course north-west, directly towards the area where we had seen the blue whales…

Active humpback whale between Náttfari and Haukur

Sightings have been more or less very good during June and today was one of those fantastic humpback days.  A humpback was lobtailing for more than half an hour between two of North Sailing’s boats, Náttfari and Haukur.   When everyone thought the show was over, the whale leaped clear out of the water to…

Icelandic National Day

Today is Icelandic National Day, although the whales in Skjálfandi Bay seem not to care too much. We went out this morning in a northern wind, the air was cold and moist. In the Mid-Bay we met a couple of White Beaked Dolphins, but they were not in a mood for a show, so we…

Another amazing day with five species

Today was another amazing day at sea. We saw five species again today like yesterday. The blue whales, humpbacks, minke’s, white beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises were in rare form today, especially the dolphins who were really playful, breaching and following the boat for a short while. We also saw a humpback feeding, closing it’s…

Blue Whales in Skjálfandi bay again

Both yesterday and today we have been watching blue whales in the North western part of Skjálfandi bay. It is nice to see them again but they were last seen on a tour in the beginning of June. They have been in the area near Flatey Island and there have also been plenty of other…

An incredible day with 5 species

Today was an absolutely amazing day. It was cold like it has been for the last few days but not nearly as windy and the sea nowhere near as rough. Despite the cold the two tours I went out on were simply amazing. I saw 5 species overall, harbour porpoises, white beaked dolphins, a minke…

Baby dolphin and a breaching Humpback

This morning on the 9:30 NS-2 trip we got a very, very pleasant surprise at the end of the tour. A Humpback whale breached all out of the water about 10 meters away from the boat!!It was incredible. And we totally deserved to get a nice ending like this, since we had been out there…

Two unlucky trips in tricky conditions

Today I went out on two trips in bad weather and tricky conditions. On the first trip we set of to try and find some whales that had been spotted the day before but had no such luck. We searched around and in the end only managed to find a few harbour porpoises that were…

A Calm Humpback in a Thick Fog

As we left the harbour in the midmorning sun, we were quite optimistic. Although, the sea was still a little rough after the stormy weather of last days, the sight was good. Until.. until we got to the western side of the bay, were the fog (that had been forecasted) appeard. At one moment in…

Plenty of Llife in a Stormy Sea

In our trip today we had to battle mother nature as the wind was steadily increasing in power and whenever we turned north up into the wind the waves crashed against the bow, giving everyone that stood there a free shower. Some passengers of the younger generation were having the time of their lives and…

Humpbacks still around

When we went out this morning at 10:00, we had less wind and the sea was much calmer than yesterday. When leaving the harbour, we started heading north-west searching for the large whales that had been in the area the last couple of days. After about half an hour we spotted a blow from a…

Cold northern winds and humpbacks.

Today we had strong northern winds and it was really cold at sea. We had plenty of passengers though so we handed out the overalls and headed out. Despite conditions not being optimal we managed to find two humpback whales on both my trips on Náttfari with capt. Hreiddi and engineer Tomas. On the second…

Haukur's first trips

Today we started going on the tours Whales, puffins & sails, NS-2. We went on two trips, at 9:30 and at 16:30, and these were the first two NS-2 trips of this summer. We went our on our schooner Haukur with some 25 passengers in the morning and headed directly to Lundey (Puffin Island) to…

Wet but incredible day at sea

Today was an absolutely amazing day. I went on three tours with capt. Hreiddi on Knörrinn. It rained quite hard on the last two tours but we had incredible luck with the whales today. On the first tour we caught a glimpse of a minke whale early on but it disappeared as quickly as it…

First trips of the summer

Today I went on my first two trips of this summer. This is my second year with North Sailing and I was a little rusty but it quickly came back to me. The first trip was on Náttfari with capt. Hrólfur, Hjörleifur the engineer and a new guide in training Steinunn. We found some playful…

Three species!

This morning we had an excellent tour on Bjössi Sör, me and captain Hrólfur with 16 passengers. It was snowing a little bit when we left the harbor and it increased as we got further out in the bay but, fortunately, it stopped after about half an hour. We saw a group of white-beaked dolphins…

Beautiful first tour with “Bjössi Sör”

Today was the first time this season that our boat “Bjössi Sör” was used for whale watching. The crew of “Knörrinn” went out at 9:00 this morning with a group of school children from Húsavík and when we went out on Bjössi Sör for the 10:00 whale watching tour we had beautiful weather conditions: the…

The return to Skjálfandi bay

Today the harbor filled with life again, after one week of bad weather both local fisherman and whale watchers were happy to go out into the bay! We went on two tours, at 10:00 and 13:30, and in both of them we were successful. In the morning we found a humpback whale, a group of…

Eruption in Icelandic volcano

Iceland’s most active volcano Grimsvotn has erupted, sending a plume of white ash 18,000 feet into the air. The volcano lies under the Vatnajokull glacier in southeast Iceland, an area which is uninhabited.   This eruption comes just one year after the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted, sending a cloud of ash over Europe that impeded air…

Bad weather the last few days

The weather the last few days has reminded us of anything but summer, with a foggy bay and a stiff northern wind that makes sea conditions great for sickness, but rather poor for whale watching.  Today, any sign of summer is gone with it actually snowing which is unseasonal even for Iceland.   Although the…