Dolphins under the rainbow

After enjoying days of sunshine and calm sea, it was a gray Wednesday morning in Skjálfandi Bay when our boat Náttfari sailed out of Húsavík harbour.   The boat set course towards Lundey Island – the puffin colony of Skjálfandi Bay – to explore the territory for whales and bird life.   At first, passengers…

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Excitement in the air

  Our second group of 11 offered trips on their way to Constable Point with Air Iceland – joining our successful Greenland tours.   The travelers came from all over the world and excitement was in the air: Italy, USA, Australia, France, Brazil, Israel,  Norway and met for the first time at the domestic airport in…

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Challenging conditions

Once again we got the proof that the weather conditions in Iceland can change very quickly. Yesterday it was warm and sunny, today we got rain and increasing wind from the north. In addition to that it was quite foggy, so kind of a challenge for us to find some wildlife. All the boats headed…

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Spotting the smaller species

Today it was incredibly warm again. The summerly temperatures in combination with light wind from the south fits rather to the Caribbean than to Iceland! The surface water temperature in the bay is unusually high – up to 16°C! This might also affect the availability of the whales’ food sources and thus the presence of…

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Sweet Days in Húsavík

Almost every town in Iceland has a special day or weekend, and Húsavík is no exception.  The town’s festival is called Mærudagar, which means Candy Days, and it is held the last weekend in July as a time for everyone to come together and enjoy Húsavík.   The town is divided into 3 districts: Pink,…

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A perfect day!

Wow, what a day was today! It was exciting from the very beginning and it’s actually quite hard to decide where to start. First of all – the weather was perfect again! It was sunny, calm and very warm. We just left the harbor when we spotted some harbor porpoises. But we didn’t stop for…

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Behavioral studies

It’s summer in Húsavík! Today it was sunny, windless and incredibly warm. We went on the boat dressed in T-shirts, without our hats, sweaters and jackets we’re wearing usually! How great is that!? So perfect conditions for a wonderful whale watching day. And also the whales were awesome. We encountered a humpback whale in the…

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1st Whale Congress in Húsavík

Wednesday 16th July, the Whale Museum hosted an event here in Húsavík, the Whale Congress.  North Sailing had two representatives presenting at this conference, guides Luisa Klotz and Sabrina Brando.   Dr Marianne Rasmussen, the director of the Húsavík Research Centre, was the first to present.  She described some of the research that is being…

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A handful of Humpbacks…..

Today was just a perfect day for whale watching here in Skjálfandi Bay with very good sea conditions, a lot of sun (at least in the afternoon ;-)) and lots of whales and birds!   I went on three trips on “Náttfari” today and on our first tour (at 9:00) we encountered a minke whale…

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Sleeping Humpback whale

This morning as we set the course to the bay we once again did not know what to expect. For that we were, as always, headed in to the wild nature. After about a half hour of searching we found a sleeping Humpback whale. This whale did not seem to matter that we were watching…

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Schooner Opal is leaving for Greenland!

  Once again, North Sailing is offering tours in beautiful Scoresby Sund on the east coast of Greenland.  Opal is leaving now to start the season and Hildur will also go to Greenland later in August.    Schooner Opal will leave Húsavík later tonight and head for the majestic scenery of Scoresby Sund, on the…

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Blue whales are back

As we headed to the bay this morning, once again we did not know what to expect. We decided to head towards North where we were hoping to find something. After quite a while we spotted a big spout further north. Now we set the course there. Soon we also realized that this was not…

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Something new and…relaxing

Yoga instructors Huld Hafliðadóttir and Arnbjörg Kristín Konráðsdóttir arranged a tour which they called “Deep Relaxation, Meditation, and Whale Watching.”   On Monday evening, July 14th, a group of 26 people of all ages set off on Schooner Opal for this new experience.    Huld has previously been a guide for North Sailing and now works…

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Double Tails

The Double Tails package is a combination of the NS-1 Húsavík Original Whale Watching tour and a 2-hour riding tour from local horse farm Saltvík.  If the riding is combined with the NS-2 Whales, Puffins & Sails tour, it is called Double Tails and Sails.  These tours have proved to be very popular this summer.…

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Sunday afternoon show

Once again we had a very succesful whale watching day! In the morning we just left the harbor when we spotted some harbor porpoises. But since these animals are very shy and usually try to avoid the boat we sailed further west, where we encountered a humpback whale. It was very calm and relaxed, spending…

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Calm whales on a busy day

This weekend started quite sunny and it was warm, even out at sea. The good weather was probably one of the reasons why so many tourists went out with us to enjoy the stunning nature of Skjálfandi Bay and of course to watch some wildlife. During the previous days we usually encountered the whales far…

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Let's go north!

During the last couple of days (and also today) the main whale activity has been quite far out, in the northern part of the bay, about 9 miles away from Húsavík. That means that we have had to sail for about one hour towards the north, until we arrived in the area where we usually…

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