Three species in winter weather conditions

The weather was not really nice today here in Húsavík. It was pretty cold and windy and it was also snowing quite a lot during the day. But despite the bad weather we went out on two tours today (at 10:00 and 13:30) with some brave passengers and actually both tours were really successful. On…

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The patience did pay off!

We decided to go out on our 10:00 despite bad weather, low temperatures, wind and waves. More than 20 brave people joined us for that tour on our boat Náttfari. In conditions like this it´s much harder to spot whales but after a long search we finally managed to locate a mighty humpback whale which…

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Two whale watching tours today

Due to a labour strike in Iceland – only two whale wathing tours (NS-1) )are scheduled today (May 7th) from Húsavík.   Departures are at 10:00 and 13:30.   The price for the tour is 9.300 ISK for adults and 3.800 ISK for 7-15 years. Passengers under 7 years are free of charge.   Further…

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Two tours today – Schedule update due to labour strike

Due to a labour strike in Iceland – only two whale wathing tours are scheduled today from Húsavík. All tours (NS-1 & NS-2) are combined to Whales, Puffins and Sails (NS-2).   Departures are at 10:00 and 14:30.   The price for the tour is 9.300 ISK for adults and 3.800 ISK for 7-15 years.…

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King winter but good sailing and whale watching

Today we went out at 09:30 and 14:30 for the Whales, Puffins and Sails (NS-2) tour on our schooner Hildur. The weather was cold and with its -3 °C it felt more like January than May. But when we came to the Puffin Island we could quickly see what the Puffins thought about what season…

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A very curious minke whale…

Today has been a wonderful day for whale watching here in Skjálfandi Bay. On all our trips we managed to find both humpback and minke whales in flat sea conditions. During the tour at 13:30 we had a simply amazing encounter with a very friendly and curious minke whale who decided to check out our…

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A humpback whale and good weather

  Today we had good conditions for whale watching. The sea was calm and we managed to find a humpback whale in all four tours.   We went out four times today in pretty good conditions. Even though it’s getting closer to summer we still have cold weather, so it’s very important to dress warmly…

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The last plank in Opal´s refurbishment is in place

The last oak plank in Opal´s refurbishment is in place in the ships hull. A great deal of work has been undertaken to restore the ageing 64 years old traditional sailing ship to full strength – while at the same time installing a unique Regenerative Plug-in Hybrid Propulsion system. Supports hold the plank in place…

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A sign of a good summer

It´s not exactly what one would first think of as a sign of a good summer, but Icelandic folklore says different. A view from Café Hvalbakur terrace – overlooking Gamli Baukur Restaurant   The story goes like this: If winter and summer frees together, the summer will be good. Perhaps this is a part of…

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North Sailing presents an electric future

North Sailing presented recent developments last Friday, 17 April in Reykjavík, for travel agencies in Reykjavík and people from the tourism industry.   Birna Lind Björnsdóttir and Árni Sigurbjarnarson   Birna Lind Björnsdóttir, Head of Sales and Communication, presented North Sailing’s product range and on-going projects. Árni Sigurbjarnarson, one of the owners of North Sailing,…

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An excellent day for whale watching

Yesterday was a perfect day for whale watching. We had an amazing weather, searching conditions were excellent and plenty of wildlife in the bay.   On our first tour at 10:00 h yesterday morning we saw five minke whales within half an hour of sailing. They were all in the same area so every direction…

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Humpback, minke whale, harbour porpoise and puffins in one trip

North Sailing had a fantastic trip yesterday afternoon. A minke whale, humpbacks, harbour porpoises and puffins greeted the guests and crew in excellent weather conditions. Humpback posing for the camera in North Sailing trip yesterday   Þóra Katrín, the guide of the trip reported the first sightings after about 45 minutes of sailing. “A (nice)…

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The Humpback is back in Skjálfandi Bay

The humpback is back in Skjálfandi Bay after a long winter in the Caribbean Sea. First animals were sighted yesterday on North Sailing´s oak ship Náttfari.   © Hörður Jónasson  – A photo taken yesterday of a humpback in Skjálfandi Bay   The humpback whale, 11-19 m in length, is a baleen whale, like the…

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Electric motor challenge at the shipyard

As part of the installment of a new unique Regenerative Plug-in Hybrid Propulsion system in the sailing ship Opal, North Sailing ship builders at the Húsavík shipyard faced a tough challenge. Traditional Sailing ship Opal How to get the 1.5 ton electric motor down into the engine room of the 64 years old oak ship…

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Electrified atmosphere at North Sailing

North Sailing recently purchased two VW e-Golf electric cars in accordance with the company´s environmental policy. The cars will be used by the sales office in Reykjavík and the main office in Húsavík. From left: Birna Lind Björnsdóttir sales manager at North Sailing, Árni Þorsteinsson sales manager for VW cars at Hekla dealership and Heimir…

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March 23rd – 25th

The last couple of days have been a little bit tricky.   On Monday (March 23.) we had northerly storm with snow fall and really rough weather that prevented us to go out on sea, so the tour was cancelled.   On Tuesday, we went out in rather difficult conditions since there was still some…

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Orcas – Killer Whales!

We sailed out in pretty windy southerly winds but sunny and bright weather. With course towards the Mountains of Creek at the west of the bay, we began to see more and more bird life, including the majestic Northern Gannets which we had not seen so much of so far this season. ©Már Höskuldsson  …

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Solar Eclipse Special a great success

Today, March 20th at 09:41 am, a Solar Eclipse of around 98% was viewable from North Iceland. This was the darkest Eclipse in Iceland for more then 60 years or since 1954. The next one of this magnitude is in the year 2026. Sailing ship Hildur leaving Húsavík harbour at 8:30 for the Solar Eclipse…

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