Due to bad weather conditions we had to cancel today’s whale watching tours.
When we left the harbour this morning onboard “Bjössi Sör”, it took us only a few minutes to spot the first whales today: A humpback whale and a minke whale were just outside Húsavík harbour, just a few hundred metres from the yellow lighthouse. A really nice surprise to see the whales so close to…Details
To make it short: Today we had two amazing whale watching tours, probably the best tours so far this season. We had beautiful sunny weather the whole day here in Skjálfandi Bay with almost no clouds at all. This morning we started by searching the area around the Fish Rock (“Fiskisker” in icelandic), as…Details
Due to bad weather conditions we had to cancel the whale watching tours today.
We left the harbour and started to search on the eastern side of the bay, so we sailed in the direction of Lundey, the puffin island. After a while, we changed the course and sailed further west towards the mountains and while crossing the bay, we encountered large numbers of puffins. During the trip we…Details
We left the harbour this morning with high hopes, trying to find the blue whale again that we spotted yesterday afternoon. As we crossed the bay in westerly direction, sailing towards the mountains, it was snowing quite a lot and we also enjoyed some superb bird watching in these winterly conditions! We saw several Northern…Details
Now that the new schooner Opal has arrived in its new home port of Húsavík, after an excellent, jet somewhat stormy tour from Ebeltoft in Denmark via Scotland and the Faroe Islands,it is time to look at the plans for the summer. Tours in Scoresbysund in NE-Greenland, longer tours along Iceland´s coast and special…Details
Today we went on two trips in beautiful weather conditions. On our morning tour at 10:00 we went out with the crew and the former owners of our new sailing boat “Opal” and they really enjoyed sailing around with us in Skjálfandi Bay. But the highlight was our afternoon trip! After sailing for about 45…Details
We went out with a very nice group of passengers this morning in southerly winds and when leaving the harbour, we sailed west towards the mountains, into the area where we found a minke whale yesterday. When we arrived in the area close to the “Fish Rock” (or “Fiskiskerið” in icelandic), we encountered a huge…Details
Today we went out both at 10:00 and 13:30. In the morning tour we spotted a minke whale close to the mountains and in the afternoon there were dolphins and harbour porpoises in addition to the minke whale. Quite much life in the bay and hopefully this is a sign of more whales coming…Details
Today was freezing cold but we decided to try our luck anyway. In the beginning of the tour, it seemed to be clearing up, we could even see the sun for a while. We headed across the bay towards the mountains but when we got there, it had begun snowing again! So unfortunately there were…Details
April 9. – 11. we had northerly winds blowing, preventing us from going whale watching.
Today was beautiful, but still very cold with air temperature around 0°C. We sailed out from the harbour and it wasn´t long until we met some White beaked dolphins. After playing with them for a while, we headed further west, towards the mountains where the minke whale had been yesterday. However, there was no sign…Details
Opal, the latest addition to North Sailing´s fleet, is currently on its way towards its new home port of Húsavík. The ship and the North Sailing team, together with some of Opals‘ previous owners and crew have just left the Caledonian Canal in Scotland heading north the sound of Mull, towards Isle of Skye…Details
Today was my first tour since last summer and it was refreshing sailing out on Bjössi Sör together with captain Hrólfur and close to 30 passengers. The weather conditions were good, slow southerly winds, quite flat sea and the sun was trying it´s best to break through the clouds. The air temperature was not high,…Details
Restaurant Gamli Baukur has opened its door for the summer with a new menu. The restaurant is open every day from 11:30 – 20:00. At Gamli Baukur we serve only local food. Our aim is to offer food of the highest quality but the lowest food mile possible. All our ingredients, meat, fish and…Details
The first tour of the season from Húsavík was today and it was no dull season start! Quite the opposite! 🙂 There´s always much excitment within the North Sailing team when embarking on the first tour of the season since we never know if the whales know the season really has started! 🙂 Our…Details
The whale watching season started on a beautiful day today. Captain Hrólfur and his crew on MV Bjössi Sör, had already spotted the blows of bigger whales from ashore, yesterday. The tour was a success, two Blue Whales where observed playing around in the in the southern breeze in Skjálfandi Bay. From the 1st…Details
Schooner Opal is the most recent addition to North Sailing´s fleet. Built at the Bodenwerft in Damgarten, Germany in 1952, she served as a trawler in the Baltic- and North Sea and in the Barents Sea. In 1973 new owners started her restoration. During 8 years until 1981, Opal was converted to…Details