Lobtailing humpback whale

Today started a bit cloudy, but pretty soon the sky cleared and it was very calm and quite warm. The humpback meeting went on! We encountered at least six humpback whales in the middle of Skjálfandi Bay. Some of them surfaced very close together. In the afternoon two humpback whales came very close to our…

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Joining a big meeting

Today the sun was hidden behind the clouds but the sea was as flat as a mirror – best conditions for whale watching! On our first tour in the morning it took us some time to find the whales: they were much further southwest than in the previous days. But as soon as we spotted…

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The Humpback whale party continues!

Today was pretty similar to yesterday: Still fantastic weather conditions with the wind coming from the south, still lots of humpback whales around and today, we also spotted the white-beaked dolphins on most of our tours. There are still four humpback whales swimming together in a group and three of these humpback whales have been…

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Humpback whale party!

We have had amazing whale watching conditions today: The weather was beautiful, the sea really calm and the number of humpback whales in the bay seems to increase day after day. Today there have been at least six humpback whales within a small area in the northern part of the bay and on all our…

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The bay is full of life again!

Once again this day was a wonderful day for whale watching! Unlike the last couple of days it was quite warm and the sea was calm. Yesterday reminded us, that the whales are sometimes very unpredictable. Some of our passengers had been on the boat yesterday when we didn’t see any whales and they were…

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A day of contrasts

Unlike the weather forecast his Thursday started foggy and the sea was quite rough. But what surprised us most was the fact that we didn’t find any whales in the morning! Our boats spread throughout the bay, but none of them was successful. Fortunately conditions changed completely in the afternoon. The wind calmed down, it…

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Schooner Opal in Scoresbysund

  The schooner Opal has been cruising around Scoresbysund, the largest fjord in the world, on the northeast coast of Greenland for the last six weeks, exploring the natural wonders of the area. Opal takes a group of passengers, up to twelve people, on a week-long expedition around Scoresbysund and has every single trip been…

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Beautiful weather, beautiful whales

The weather is still great in Húsavík these days: Flat sea, sunshine and about 10°C. And also the whales are still here: On all tours today we have spotted some very nice humpback whales and on most tours also the white-beaked dolphins have been present in good numbers. In these great weather conditions it is…

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North Sailing receives a grant from the Ministry of Interior

North Sailing received a grant recently from the Icelandic Ministry of Interior for the project “Regenerative electric engine in a ship”. This subvention is being granted for the first time in order to support projects that aim to increase the utilization of domestic energy sources in ships and therefore decrease the usage of fossil fuels, enhance…

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Meeting “old friends”

  This morning the sea was unexpected rough, due to strong wind from the north. Nevertheless we spotted a humpback whale – one of our “old friends” that stay in Skjálfandi Bay since several days and that has been observed also earlier this season. Furthermore we encountered a group of white beaked dolphins. They approached…

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Whales and their characters

Today we had the chance to encounter whales that showed completely different behaviors. In the morning we spotted three humpback whales – we met all of them yesterday already. They surfaced many times and we got some wonderful looks at them. But when we decided to turn the boat and start heading back to Húsavík,…

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Synchronized diving

The polar storm we had yesterday calmed down during the night, being replaced by a smooth southern breeze in the morning. It didn’t take long before we could sight our first blows, and we had many close looks at some humpback whales. At one moment, one of them was lying on its side and waving with…

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polar conditions

The weather forecast announced a snow storm for tomorrow. On the mountains, the grazing sheep are being brought down to the valleys. And today at sea, we could already feel the beginnings of the storm. Polar breeze blowing from Greenland made feel the bay somewhat chilly. Except for the fulmars, the so-called “storm-birds”, no sign of life was…

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The Angels of the Sea

Before we sail out into Skjálfandi Bay, I always remember the passengers that we enter the territory of the animals. So we are only the visitors and that of course means we can never influence anything. But today again we got the proof that this is also the exciting part of it, because we never…

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This is NOT a zoo!

Today we had perfect whale watching conditions: The sea was very flat and calm and the bright sun provided late-summer temperatures. In the morning we set the course in north-westerly direction. In the middle of the bay we encountered a minke whale and spent some time with this elegant animal. When we sailed further, we…

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Fin whales in the bay!

Today was an absolutely fantastic whale watching day here in Skjálfandi Bay! We had beautiful weather conditions when we left the harbour onboard “Náttfari” at 10:00 this morning: The sea was really flat, and the sun was shining for most of the tour. And we were also lucky with the whales: We were watching a…

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A good start into the last week of August

Today the weather was wonderful: Due to no wind the sea was completely flat and visibility was very good. In addition to that, it was sunny and unusual warm. In the morning we sailed into the area where we spotted the whales yesterday, very close to the mountains in the western part of Skjálfandi Bay.…

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Entertaining humpback whales

Once again the humpback whales, the most common species we observe in Skjálfandi Bay, were the highlights of this day. The Sunday started with warm temperatures and the sea was very flat. Like yesterday we encountered one humpback whale in the southwest of the bay. It surfaced unusual close to the shore. It was hard…

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The bay is still full of life!

During the previous days we usually observed one or two different species during our whale watching tours. That changed today! The sea was calm and although the weather was changeable wind from south brought us warm temperatures. Great conditions to search for the whales! Close to the harbor we encountered some harbor porpoises, the smallest…

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An unexpected encounter

Today the weather was typical Icelandic: Sun and clouds alternated with brief rain showers and a strong wind was blowing from south-east. But the temperatures reminded of the late summer. On our tours we encountered two humpback whales. Both of them seem to like Skjálfandi Bay, we observed them already earlier this season. They spent…

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The day after the storm

Due to bad weather conditions we had to cancel our tours yesterday. But today the storm calmed down and the sea was quite flat again, although the swell still witnessed from the high waves yesterday. It is always very exciting to sail out into the bay after one day without whale watching – we had…

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