Another successful day on Skjálfandi Bay

For the first tour of the day it took us less then 15 minutes to spot the first whale, which turned out to be a Humpback Whale! That one was really close to Húsavík harbour and we got some great looks at it. A few times it came up right next to the boat, so…

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The world’s first zero-carbon whale watching

North Sailing, a small whale watching company from the tiny fishing village of Husavík on the edge of the Arctic Circle is braving the waves of innovation to make trips to the dockside gas pump a thing of the past for the world’s marine and yachting industry. On July 12th North Sailing Husavík launches the…

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SUMMER!!!!!!!

It’s hard to believe – but it seems the summer finally reched Iceland! Today was one of those days you wish they would never end. The sky bright blue, the sea reminded a bit of the Caribbean and the mountains in the western part of Skjálfandi Bay gave us a stunning sight. The sailing itself…

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Encounter with an old friend

In the morning we sailed along the east coast of Skjálfandi Bay. We just left the harbor when we spotted a minke whale. It was heading north and we followed it some time on its way. But then we encountered a much bigger animal: A humpback whale! It was busy feeding and didn’t care about us at…

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Some few but very relaxed whales in Skjálfandi today

Today the bay was very overcast and rather cold but the water surface was virtually flat, allowing for decent visibility regardless. In the morning we had one Humpback Whale rather to the south of the bay and then more to the west a Minke Whale. Both of them were calm and easy to approach, which made up for…

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Minke whale, Blue whale and White beaked dolphins

The weather to day was pretty much the same like yesterday. Foggy, but we could see over the bay. That was good so the search was easy.In the afternoon we headed of the bay as we had found some whales there in the morning. As we arrived in the west we found some Minke whales.…

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A blue whale calf with a blue whale mother

This morning as we headed to the bay the only thing we saw in the beginning was fog. But we still started the search for the whales. After about an hour we did see some thing through the fog so we waited and waited. But no whale appeared. There for we decided to go further…

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Fantastic weather and minke and blue whales

To day as we headed to the bay it was sunny and fabulous weather. Sun was shining and almost no clouds to see.We decided to head towards the western side of the bay in search for the whales. After about 40 minutes of sailing we found a Minke whale and got a good look at…

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Jan Mayen research expedition reporting astonishingly good weather

The sailing ship Donna Wood, North Sailing´s newest fleet member set sails for Jan Mayen earlier this week with a group of researchers from St. Andrews University. The research group´s main goal is to research bottlenose whales. A report from captain Christian states that many “bottlenose whales have been spotted. Humpbacks, sperm whale and minkis have…

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Four species in the morning!

Of the 23 different species of Cetaceans that have been recorded in Icelandic waters, 4 are most commonly seen: Harbour Porpoise, White-beaked Dolphin, Humpback Whale, and Minke Whale. And on the morning tour we saw all of them! 2-3 Porpoises popped up towards the front of the boat very close by just after we had…

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One Blue on a difficult morning, three Blues in an easier afternoon

Today’s morning tour was a somewhat difficult one due to that not many whales seemed to be in the bay. There was a Humpback Whale seen by one boat but only once and then vanished and then a back in a distance that would also have belonged to a humpback whale but only once. The…

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A Blue in the morning and Humpies in the afternoon

Well, today was not quite the same as yesterday; more windy, rainy in in the morning, and fewer whales around; but it was still good. After all, how can being in the presence of the largest animal that has ever occupied the Earth not be. This morning the main delight of the bay was a…

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A warm and sunny day with amazing whales

Finally, summer is here! It has been awhile since the temperature has been above 10°C, but today has been really warm and sunny, we didn’t even have to bring out the warm overalls.  Today was a gorgeous day out on Skjálfandi Bay with plenty of whales. We headed out early morning, all eager to find…

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whale fun in the sun

After a short journey to the middle of the bay we encountered a Humpback whale which was very friendly towards us. It surfaced in short time intervals and came several times close to the boat. After that we saw a really big blow and started a journey in northerly direction. We encountered the biggest animal…

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Real Icelandic experience: tough but whales

Saturday started quite windy but about 20 really interested people wanted to go whale watching. We told them that this are not great conditions and likely a lot them would be sick but these 20 people still really wanted to go because most of them were leaving Husavik afterwards. So we started a quite shaky…

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Blue whale dinner party

On Friday we had to go quite far north again but it was well worth it. We saw a Humpback and Blue whales. After we had a nice encounter with a humpback whale we went further west to pick one of the Blue whales to look at. This Blue whale seemed to be feeding at…

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Winter in June????

It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid-June. This season is called “summer” in other parts of the world, but obviously not here in Iceland. The wind from the north brought quite high waves but also very cold temperatures. We couldn’t believe our eyes when it started snowing! Difficult conditions for spotting the whales through…

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Plenty of food

After the wonderful sunny day yesterday this Wednesday started pretty gray and rainy. However, the sea was perfectly flat when we headed out into the bay. Consequently, it was quite easy to spot a surfacing black back from a big distance already. We got closer and encounetred a humpback whale. The individual was very calm and…

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