Maintenance time for Schooners Hildur and Opal

Schooners Opal and Hildur have just been hauled out of the water for routine maintenance after returning from the summer season in Scoresbysund, NE-Greenland.   Schooner Hildur will have the classic winter treatment of paint and varnish plus some sail and engine care.   Schooner Opal will have extensive work done in the engine room…

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A Humpback Whale and feeding minke whales!

Today was just a great day for whale watching here in Skjálfandi Bay! Just 10 minutes after we had left Húsavík harbour, we found a very hungry minke whale that was feeding at the surface and several times, it was rolling around, showing us its white underside! As we got some fantastic looks at this…

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Autumn is arriving….

We were not able to go out at sea yesterday due to very bad weather conditions with strong wind from the north and high waves in the bay.   Today however, the weather was better and we went out again in search for whales. The mountains on the western side of the bay looked very…

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A minke a day…..

Today seems to have been the day of the minke whale here in Skjálfandi Bay. We spotted a minke whale on all our tours today (most likely always the same individual) and got some really nice and close-up looks at it. It was also a rather big individual and on some occasions, we could even…

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Lots of Dolphins and a Minke Whale….

I have been sailing on two trips onboard “Bjössi Sör” with captain Hreiðar today and even though searching a big area in the morning, we unfortunately did not find any whales or dolphins on our first tour, so we offered our passengers to join us again for free whenever they would be back in Húsavík.…

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Time to say goodbye

Similar to the last couple of days the weather today reminded of summer instead of autumn. It was sunny and pretty warm and the sea flat as a mirror. We sailed north in direction of the open sea, since other boats already checked out the western part of the bay without being successful. Suddenly we…

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Minke whale on a perfect autumn day

After the foggy and windy conditions we had the last couple of days, this morning started rainy but cleared up as soon as we left the harbor. The clouds released the stunning view of the beautiful mountains in the western part of Skjálfandi Bay and I think everyone agreed that it was already worth sailing…

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Ups and Downs….

To be honest, today was a rather difficult day for whale watching here in the bay. When leaving the harbour this morning at 9:00, we set the course towards the area where we had been successful yesterday. But despite searching a really big area, the only mammals we saw were some harbour porpoises just outside…

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3 single animals – 3 different species

This weekend started sunny, and although we got some swell from the north the weather conditions were pretty good. We headed out into the bay this morning, quite optimistic that it would be an easy day. But of course conditions might change very quickly and soon we realized that it was quite tough to find…

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Faithful whale

Like the past few days also today the sky was overcast, creating a quite mysterious atmosphere in the bay: The sea, the sky and even the mountains appeared in greyish colors, enabeling us to spot the surfacing black back of a whale from large distances.  Again we sailed in northwesterly direction and also today we…

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The sound of nature

The day started grey and rainy, but once again we got the proof that whales don’t care about weather conditions. We sailed into the area where we encountered the animals yesterday and luckily they didn’t migrate a lot within the previous 12 hours. Apart from some swell the sea was very flat today, which enabled…

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The return of an old friend

Today the sky was overcast and although it wasn’t foggy, the mist created a mysterious atmosphere in the bay. We sailed into northwesterly direction. heading for an area where we saw some wildlife yesterday in the evening. It turned out to be the right decision: Suddenly we spotted a blow arising from the sea surface,…

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Three species in fantastic weather!

Today was just a great day to be at sea here in Skjálfandi Bay!   I was guiding two tours today at 10:00 and 13:30 and on both tours we have been really lucky whale- and weatherwise. It started with three nice minke whales in the morning, one of them a very small but curious…

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One humpback whale – and magic light conditions

The morning started stormy, similar to the last couple of days. But the southerly wind usually causes high temperatures and the 17°C reminded more of summer than of mid-September. The sky was covered with dark clouds, which caused mystic light conditions in the bay. We decided to sail in southerly direction into the bay to…

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A humpback in the wind…..

It has been really windy here in Húsavík today and yesterday, but as the wind is blowing from the south (from the land) it is not a big problem for us as there are no high waves in the bay…..it is just windy ;-).   The southerly windy usually also bring warm temperatures and that…

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Balaenoptera acutorostrata

Although it´s still unusual warm, the continuing wind at least reminds us that autumn is coming. Also today the southerly wind caused some movement  in the bay and we got some refreshing showers from the sea over the reling… In the morning we sailed in northwesterly direction, to check out the western and furthermore the…

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The day of the minke whales

The weather is still incredible! Hard to believe that it is already mid-September, it’s still sunny, unusual warm and today the sea was very calm, so wonderful conditions again. It didn’t take us too long to find the animals. We spotted a minke whale and sailed slowly into the area, where we spotted the animal.…

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Curious animals

This morning started grey and rainy, but as soon as we left the harbor the rain stopped fortunately. It was very calm and the sea flat as a mirror. Perfect conditions to spot some wildlife! It didn’t take us too long to find a minke whale in direction of Lundey, the puffin island. In the…

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Orcas in the bay!!!!!!

The fact that we never know what’s awaiting us when we’re heading out into the bay is one of the things that make our job so exciting! So it happened today. In the morning we decided to sail into the area where we spotted some wildlife yesterday in the evening. It’s always a good start…

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Difficult morning, wonderful evening

Once again we got the proof how quickly conditions can change throughout the day!  The weather was incredible, it was unusual warm and the sea was as flat as a mirror.  In the morning it was quite difficult to find some wildlife and it took us a long time to find a minke whale. We…

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North Sailing donates to charity

The Icelandic Chess Association, Hrókurinn, has arranged a collection of shoes and clothes for children in Ittoqqortoormiit, the most secluded village in Greenland. This effort has been well received in Iceland and donations been made from various places, including Húsavík. In fact, it has been more successful than originally expected so more villages in East-Greenland…

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