Tail Lobbing and fun

I say “Tail Lob”!Although we had some clouds, grey skies and some rain – really not that usual in Iceland, we all came ashore with a smile on our face. We had just been witnesses of a tail lobbing Humpback whale! He or she also laid on the back and front to slap the fluke on…

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The last day in June

Although June was very warm and sunny this year, the weather changed the last few days. The temperatures reminded of the striking distance to the Arctic Circle – it was quite chilly! But our warm overalls protected our passengers from feeling cold. When we left the harbor, the Víknafjöll-mountains in the west were covered in…

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Your lucky day?

If you wanted to see Humpback whales, Harbour porpoises and Minke whales, then this was your lucky day! We were fortunate to encounter all 3 species in our morning tour today. The wind was up and the boat was rocking a little on the waves while we crossed to the West. As the wind was coming…

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Wild temper

 The Friday started quite cold and rainy. But of course the weather was no reason to worry: All passengers were wrapped in warm overalls and nobody had to feel cold. In the middle of the bay we encountered a humpback whale. The whale was surfacing a lot, taking only shallow dives, which was very nice…

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Another great day in Skjálfandi Bay!

Today we had another fantastic day out in Skjálfandi Bay. We encountered several humpback whales on both our tours. They were all very busy feeding and one of them was feeding really close to the boat, coming up with its mouth full of seawater and fish. They gave us a great show, surprising us by…

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Peaceful sleep despite windy conditions

Today the sky above Húsavík presented itself in grey and amazing cloud formations. The snowy mountains provided a spectacular sight against the dark sky. On our morning tour we encountered one humpback whale that was busy feeding. It surfaced several times close to the boat and lifted the fluke in an elegant-looking manner. When we…

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Waltz of the whales

Summer is back in Húsavík and in the bay. A flat sea, warming sunbeams, we could get the feeling we were sailing on the Mediterranean. When the boat approached the Kinnarfjöll mountains, we found many whales taking part to a feeding party. There were at least five humpback whales around us and two minke whales.…

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A wonderful surprise!

We began the trip this morning by heading out towards the beautiful Mountains of Creeks. On our way we saw several white beaked dolphins playing around and a few minke whales as well. When we got closer to the mountains we were really lucky to see the blow from a humpback whale. Then we saw…

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Sun-Day

Yesterday I mentioned the cool temperatures, but today the summer is back in Northern Iceland! The sun was shining when we sailed west and already from a distance we saw the sun rays reflected from several black backs. Close to the mountains we saw at least five minke whales and about the same number of…

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Calm sea – but active whales!

When we sailed out to search for the whales today, the sea was completely calm again. This means ideal conditions for spotting the animals! In the morning we set the course in direction of the Víknafjöll mountains, where we saw the whales the last couple of days. But before we reached the very west of…

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A feeding party in Skjálfandi bay!

Today was a fantastic day! The weather was really nice and the sun was shining on us.  On our morning tour we had a great feeding party going on in the western part of the bay, close to the mountains. We had several humpback whales feeding really close to us, coming up with their mouth…

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Still lots of humpbacks and minkes

Today I had my first tours on our biggest boat “Garðar” this year and when we left the harbour at 10:00 this morning, there was quite a cold and fresh wind coming from the north…..we gave all our passengers some warm overalls and headed out into the bay, setting the course towards the mountains into…

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Festival of flukes

Warm summer weather seems to be over…at least for a while, A heavy sea mist has rolled into the bay, hiding the mountain tops from our view. Of course, the whales don’t care about the weather, and we were optimistic after so many succesful days in a row. We first crossed a few porpoises just…

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A fantastic trip to the Edge of the Arctic!

  We departed from Húsavík around 8 o‘clock in the morning of Wednesday June the 5th and set our course to Lundey, the Puffin Island. The weather was extraordinary; it was sunny, clear skies, no wind and flat sea. We reached Lundey and the puffins were, as usual, flying clumsily around the small island and…

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An active humpback whale

The morning tour turned out splendid when we encountered a humpback whale, very known to us from former years in the bay, who decided to come close to the boat and show his or her beautiful white fluke! Quite a lot of activity for a short burst, slapping the tail on the surface before going…

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Athletic whales

On land, today the National Day was celebrated. At sea, the whales celebrated Sports Day! We left the harbor in summer weather conditions and sailed straight westward. Suddenly we noticed some splashes in front of us: A large group of white beaked dolphins was about to do some morning exercises! They jumped out of the…

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4 species for a summer time

The boat Náttfari left the mooring under a bright summer sun. The air temperature was quite mild and the sea very flat. The perfect conditions for whale-watching were combined… While we were crossing the Skjálfandi bay, we met harbour porpoises, some puffins and even a minke whale, until we finally spotted our first humpback whale,…

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Whale, dolphin & porpoise delight

Countless humpback and minke whales surfaced under the morning light and the ocean breeze. Some of them came close to the boat. We briefly met a couple of harbour porpoises who were swimming so fast that we could think they were properly bouncing on the waves. A little further out, a huge humpback whale jumped…

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A sunny june rich in whales

Another day full of promises for the boat Náttfari leaving Húsavík under a bright shining sun, tempered by a cold sea breeze, though. It didn´t take long before we spotted our first minke whale, not very far away from the harbour. Immediately after we sighted the spouts belonging to a few humpback whales. During the…

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Getting to know Stephan

  Name: Stephan Kolditz DOB: June 24th 1977 Nationality: French Position: Guide       Stephan Kolditz joined the North Sailing team this spring and we sat down and I had a little chat with him.   Do you have any whale watching experience? Yes, I worked as a whale watching guide in Norway in…

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Breaching minke whale

Today again several surprises were awaiting us. On the first tour we met already three humpback whales on our way into the western part of Skjálfandi Bay. Later we saw more of them, also two minke whales and a small group of harbor porpoises close to the boat. When we turned the boat to start…

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