Silver Cloud in Húsavík

It was very busy this morning here in Húsavík, as the cruiseship Silver Cloud is paying us a visit. I went out together with captain Óli and assistant guide Oddvar on a special trip with 35 cruiseship passengers on our sailing schooner Haukur.The weather was beautiful, conditions were almost perfect and it did not take…

Dolphin giving birth!

I was going out two trips this day with Captain Óli and our deckhand Teresa. On the first one it did not take us long to find a really curious and calm minke whale. He came close to the boat a couple of times, so that we could even see the white bands on the…

The storm has passed.

After having been unable to sail for three days because of bad weather we were of course very happy to be able to go out again.  Though the wind had calmed somewhat it seemed still to be in a rather brooding mood.  The sea was still a bit rough and the boat rocked a bit. …

Not sailing 21. to 23. of August

The weather has been bad these three days and we haven’t been able to go to sea. People have been busying themselves with work in the office or working on the boats in harbour. I have been working on news for the websites while others have been checking the overalls on the boats, cleaning the…

Close encounters on rough seas

Today the weather was pretty bad and the sea was really rough so going out I wasn‘t very optimistic. My pessimism was however unfounded as on both tours I went out on today we got a very good look at a minke whale. We kept to the east side of the bay where the sea…

Bjössi x 3

Yesterday we got a very pleasant visit from a small polar bear called Bjössi who is travelling around Iceland posing for pictures in many of the beautiful places you can find here. When he saw our boat Bjössi Sör he really wanted his picture taken with it and when he heard the story behind the…

Bad weather but three species

This morning the weather was quite bad and the sea was really rough. I went out on Garðar with captain Einar, Deckhands Ísak and Teresa and engineer Jóhann. The whales had been on the other side of the bay the last few days so we had to head all the way over there. The sea…

Wet evening trip with a minke whale.

Today was really wet and the sea was rather rough. Some minke whales had been spotted before during the day all the way on the western side of the bay so we headed that way. Locating a whale took some time but once we located one we managed to hang on to it for a…

Minke whales in the pouring rain

This was a day for raincoats.  It didn’t look like it when we started out this morning, being very sunny in the harbor, but it soon became apparent.  It only got worse as the day progressed, but of course this in no way affected our success.  In my second tour, especially, we were very lucky. …

Four minke whales in the western part of the bay

It was pouring rain this morning in Húsavík but the rain had stopped when we went out at 13:30 on North-sailings oldest whalewatching boat, Knörrinn.   We knew for a fact that some minke whales where in the western part of the bay, so that was our destination. We ran into couple of Harbour porpoises…

Minkes in the rare southern wind

The weather today was great; Unusual southern breeze and sun as the day wore on. The sea was almost completely still in the morning as we set out on the first tour of the day. We found the minke whales in the west of the bay, where they have been seen in the last few…

A fin whale or not?

This morning it was a really nice, calm weather and we didn’t travel for long when the crew on Bjössi Sör called us to say they saw a minke whale. We were on Haukur not far from them and headed directly towards them. When I had seen it a couple of times I started having…

Evening trip with three whale species and a beautiful sunset

Tonight I went on an evening trip on Bjössi Sör with captain Hrólfur. The weather was really good and we managed to spot a minke whale quite quickly. As we were sailing towards it a few harbour porpoises appeared and surfaced so often that I think most passengers managed to see them, which is very…

Unpredictable weather and whales

Today the weather was really unpredictable, changing from sunny to raining and back again in the matter of minutes. At one time it was even raining and sunny at the same time. Still we didn’t let that stop us and went out in search of the whales. On my first tour I saw some very…

Three amazing trips

I went out on three trips today and each one was absolutely amazing. The first one had a slow start, one minke whale that was incredibly busy and had no time to show us itself.  We tried to get a good look at it but no matter how hard we tried we couldn’t get a…

Morning trip on Garðar

Today my first trip was on Garðar with captain Einar. The weather was really nice and we sailed over the bay towards Víknafjöll were the minke whales have been staying the last few days. We saw a few minke whales and managed to get quite close to some of them before the time was up…

Pictures from passengers

Sometimes passengers send us pictures they have taken on our tours. It‘s always nice to see these beautiful pictures so if you have any feel free to send them our way. Here are a few pictures of a minke whale taken by passenger Neil Shaddick on a tour he went on the 20th of July.…

Foggy day

Today was incredibly foggy and I was a little nervous going on the first tour, since we didn‘t know where the whales had moved since last night.  While it took some time to find the first whales it was a very pleasant trip and we got a look of some elusive harbour porpoises and a…

Blue whales in the far north

Today was remarkable, although regrettably not likely to repeat itself. Two blue whales wandered into the bay in the northwest, around Flatey. Our crew was lucky enough to spot their giant blows while they were searching for minkes in the west. As they approached they realized that it was a mother and a calf swimming…

Minkes and dolphins found in spite of the fog

Today started off really foggy. But we never let the weather bring us down and left, well not bright, but early from harbour full of determination to find the whales.   The bay is crawling with fish and when there is fish the minkes are never far off. Today it would have been hard to…