Three species in sunny weather

Today we had pretty nice weather conditions here in Skjálfandi Bay with a lot of sunshine, so hopefully summer is finally arriving here in the north of Iceland.   I went on two tours on our biggest boat “Garðar” (at 10:00 and 13:30) and both tours have been really successful. In the morning we came…

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Difficulties in the morning, humpbacks in the afternoon…

Today we went out on our biggest boat “Garðar” for the first time this season and unfortunately Garðars first tour this season was not a very lucky one. We tried really hard and searched a really big area, but we only saw one blow and one black back from a humpback whale once in the…

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On a sunny Sunday

On a sunny Sunday we encountered a small group of dolphins on the way up northwest. Some minutes later we saw another blue whale. We spend quite some time with the blue whale as it was diving for a long time and we wanted to get a good look at it. After a few encounters,…

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Four species for the whale watchers

The Saturday morning started with a lot of sun and shortly after leaving the harbor we encountered our first species. We saw some harbor porpoise and shortly after that we had a small group of white beaked dolphins swimming around the boat. After some time we saw a big blow far in the distance. On…

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Blue whale party

We had an amazing day on Friday. We encountered lots of humpback whales with some of them breaching and blue whales.   However, the most special trip I ever had started at 8pm. We went out with the hope to see the biggest animal on earth again but if you do trips to see wild…

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Surprise after the storm

The first week of June started very stormy and due to the bad weather conditions we had to cancel our tours on Monday and Tuesday. But yesterday the storm calmed down and we had the chance to go out again. It’s always exciting to sail out after a “break”. The wind and high waves influence…

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Challenging conditions – but great whales!

The Sunday morning started quite promising: The sea was calm and the sun forced some rays through the clouds. We sailed in north-westerly direction. On the way out we had the chance to observe many puffins, sitting at the sea surface. In some distance a group of white beaked dolphins was on their way in direction…

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Encounter with the giants of the ocean

What an exciting day was today!!! In the beginning of every tour I tell people that we’re heading out into the wild nature – thus we never know what’ awaiting us when leaving the harbor. And that’s so true: Who would’ve expected to come across the largest animal on earth today?   Already the weather…

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Feeding and flipper slapping

There’s still no sign of the summer, although we’re desperately waiting for it. So today conditions were a bit challenging and we had to make our way through pretty high waves. But fortunately the whales don’t care about the weather. It took us some time to find the whales, but suddenly they surfaced all around…

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Humpbacks in between the waves.

This morning as Nils and I where boarding in our yellow overalls we did not know what kind of a show was waiting for us out in the bay. The only thing we knew was that the swells where high and a cold wind was blowing from the north. For that reason we brought up…

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Humpback Whale heaven!

Skjálfandi Bay is still full of humpback whales these days and today was no exception.   I went on two tours on “Bjössi Sör” today (at 10:00 and 13:30) and both tours were extremely successful. In the morning we encountered at least six humpback whales in an area just about two miles from Húsavík harbour.…

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A fantastic Humpback whale show

To day as we left the harbor for the 13:30 trip we were hopeful of finding some whales. The sun was shining and almost no waves. We did not have to sail for a long time until we managed to fulfill our wish. Half an hour after departure we had spotted the first spout and set…

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A BLUE WHALE in Skjálfandi Bay!!!

Today all our tours have been really successful as there are still lots of humpback whales here in Skjálfandi Bay. I went on three trips today, at 10:00, 13:30 and 17:00. In the morning at 10:00 we found at least eight different humpback whales and four of them were surfacing together among a big group…

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FOUR species in ONE tour!!!

Húsavík is a very famous location for Whale Watching not only because of the beautiful scenery but also because in this bay we’re able to observe many different cetacean species. However, we always tell our passengers at the beginning of a tour that although different species visit us troughout the season, it is pretty unlikely…

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A difficult start… but a great ending of that day

The Friday started with stormy conditions and reminded us, that summer isn’t here yet: It was snowing! Due to the wind we had to cancel the trips in the morning. But in the afternoon the wind calmed down and we decided to give it a try. The swell was still pretty high, but conditions got…

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A bit of everything

It was my first working day for this season and Iceland gave me a great welcome – by giving me a perfect performance of the changing weather conditions, which are typical for this region. In the morning the sea was very calm, it was sunny and the excellent visibility enabled us to spot the whales…

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Summer is coming…..

The last days have been really good for whale watching here in Skjálfandi Bay. We have seen whales on all our trips and it is just really nice to see the increasing number of wildlife her in the bay. We have been seeing more and more humpback and minke whales and on some tours, we…

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Donna Wood arrives in Húsavík harbour

The oak sailing ship Donna Wood arrives in Húsavík harbour tomorrow afternoon, May 17th. The ship will be open to viewing shortly after arrival and light snacks will be served in Restaurant Gamli Baukur at 16:00 pm to celebrate the newest addition to the North Sailing fleet. Donna Wood is latest addition to the North…

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Donna Wood report

Donna Wood is now midway between Shetlands islands and the Faroye Islands. We received a status report from the crew stating that the trip from Skagen in Denmark to the Shetlands islands was favourable in terms of winds and sailing conditions. The crew weathered off a storm in Lerwick in the Shetland islands for a…

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Donna Wood is en route to Iceland

The sailing ship Donna Wood, recently purchased by North Sailing is en route to Iceland. The trip is going well and the ship sailed in to port Lerwick in the Shetland islands at around 10 am yesterday morning. Sailing ship Donna Wood is the newest addition to the North Sailing fleet of oak ships.

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Harbour porpoises, minke whale and a humpback!

We went on all three NS-1 tours today (10:00, 13:30 and 17:00). The weather was cold and it was snowing in the morning. The sea was a bit rough in the first tour so unfortunately we had a few seasick passengers on board. In the afternoon it calmed down and searching conditions were great.  …

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