Whales and waves

Today started out very good. It was dry in the morning, the sea was quite calm and we were in a good mood. So were the whales. We spotted a minke whale on our way out, but it didn’t stop with us for a very long time, but then we came across two humpback whales…

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No whale watching today

Due to bad weather conditions all our whale watching tours were canceled today. But hopefully the storm will decrease and we’re quite optimistic that we can go out again tomorrow. Ask our Ticket Office for current information!

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Cold but happy!

We headed west towards the mountains were the whales have been seen for the past few days. The sea was bumpy so it took a little bit longer to get over the bay than usually. After some time we spotted some playful white beaked dolphins and they were willing to swim along with the boat…

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A quiet bay

Today it was a little quiet in the bay. Sometimes this happens, this being the wild nature we never know where and when the animals will show up.  Humpback and other species of whale migrate to these cold waters to feed, and Humpbacks can eat 1 ton of food a day.  Luckily for us the…

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Dolphin day, dolphin day!

Today was a dolphin day! We saw dolphins as soon as we left the harbour and all along the tour.  There was a lot of activity such as fast swimming, peeking above the surface (check their light coloured skin around the eyes and beak), and some jumping.                …

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A varied day

Finally the wind calmed down and today the sea was almost as flat as a mirror. These conditions enabled us to spot the whales from a distance already. In the morning we encountered two humpback whales in the western part of Skjálfandi Bay, surfacing close together. Both of them were very relaxed and calm, they…

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Photos from Greenland

Captain Heimir just came back from Greenland and took some beautiful pictures with him. Heimir left Schooner Opal in the capable hands of Captain Egill Aðalgeir Bjarnason, a.k.a. Alli Bjarna and first mate and engineer his father Horður Sigurbjarnarson.Alli will take care of our new guest and show them how great Greenland is. Take a look and…

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Two families on Gardar of North Sailing

Today, August 7th 2013, Gisli Sigurgeirsson and Maria Sastre Padró and their two sons Óðinn and Magnús came with her brother Pablo Sastre Padró and sister-in-law Maria Elena Hernandez Blaslo and their two daughters Paula and Elvira to our beautiful town Húsavík to visit a friend of them, Marianne Rasmussen and of course to see…

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Many Meetings

After the storm of the last few days we enjoyed the sun and warm temperatures today. Many tourists took the chance to join us on one of our tours and it was worth going out into the bay! The highlight of the morning tour were three humpback whales swimming side by side. They lifted their…

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Summer break

Obviously, the Icelandic summer has taken a break. Today it was very windy and rainy and our whale watching tours were quite adventurous: The pretty high waves made ​​it difficult to find the whales. Nevertheless, thanks to our manoeuvrable boats and experienced crew the tours were very successful. We encountered several groups of white beaked…

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flying dolphins, diving whales

The strong winds dropped down and we could sail out again today. But whereas most of continental Europe is struck by a heat wave, Iceland is still experiencing a cool summer. The usual puffins we always meet on the way were replaced by black guillemots. In 2 weeks, most of the members of our big…

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Strong wind!

Today the wind was very strong, blowing from the north, so the waves got really high. Since the conditions were so bad, we were not sure if we could even go out. But we decided to go for it, and try to find some whales, although I for one was not so sure that we…

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The wild nature is always exciting!

The month of July comes to an end and the weather hardly reminds of summer. It was quite misty this morning and everybody was glad to get one of our warm overalls. However, in contrast to the Icelandic summer the whales where in a very good mood today! We just left the harbor when we…

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Breaching humpback whales!

It was a bit cloudy when we sailed out today, but despite that, it turned out to be a fantastic day for whale watching! On our first tour we spotted some white beaked dolphins, a group of mothers with their calves. On this tour we also spotted four humpback whales and one of them breached…

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A jumping humpback in the fog!

It was quite foggy out in Skjálfandi Bay this morning but nevertheless our first tour this morning at 8:50 was a tour to remember. We were searching a big area where we had found several humpback whales during the last couple of days, but instead of humpback whales, we came across four different groups of…

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Opal has arrived in Greenland!

  The Schooner Opal left Husavik on Sunday July 21st.  The destination was Scoresbysund on the south-east coast of Greenland.  Scoresbysund is the longest and largest fjord in the world.  Opal will stay there until September and transport excited passengers around the natural wonders that the fjord has to offer.   Good evening, Husavik!!  …

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A feeding party in Skjálfandi bay!

We were the first boat out today, going out at 8:50 on Bjössi Sör. It was a bit foggy, but despite that the weather was really nice. It was warm and the sea was very flat so we could see the spouts of the whales from quite the distance. We sailed west towards Creek mountains…

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Four species, a feeding party and a breaching humpback!!! :-D

In contrast to the weather forecast the day started foggy and quite cold. However, the fog was limited to higher atmospheric layers and didn’t reach the water surface. Consequently visibility was still very good. The sea was calm and we were able to spot the whales from a long distance. First we encountered a group…

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Beautiful tours today!

The sea is still flat as a mirror today, and we have been so lucky the last days with both weather and whales. On one of my tours today we saw four species! First we spotted a humpback whale, and then another, and then yet another! They were feeding quite deep, but still so relaxed…

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Icelandic “whale of fame”

Last night, a bright full moon announced that the next morning would be radiant. And it seems that the warm summer wave has decided to spend more time in Húsavík. Although some wind was blowing from the northwest, it was mild and the sea very calm. The perfect conditions for whale-watching were met. It only…

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Schooner Opal heads off for Scoresbysund NE Greenland

Schooner Opal is leaving its home harbour of Húsavík today to set course for Scoresbysund NE Greenland.  Once there Opal will be sailing on Northsailing´s week long expeditions within this biggest fjord system of the world. Schooner Opal was added to North Sailing´s fleet this winter and has since its arrival in Húsavík undergone neccessary…

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