King Winter takes his Toll

As I wrote yesterday, winter has arrived here up in the North. Not only are there tourists ‘grounded’ in their guesthouses all around the country, but thousands of sheep are lost as well on the Northeast Highlands. Now is the time of year when sheep are rounded up and herded back to sheep cotes to…

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Winter is here

Winter is here! A bit early though in our opinion. The Beautiful Creek Mountains have put on their winter suit. The sea is rough and Kári is blowing from the north. Kári is another name for the wind, in icelandic. The Grímsey wave buoy tells a wave-height of 8 meters. There are few people around…

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September has arrived

September has arrived here in Húsavík and the first snow has fallen on the mountains, which look very beautiful these days.   Very strong wind from the north-west prevents us from going out today, but the last couple of days we have had great success: There are still a lot of humpback whales around here…

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The last trips for “Garðar” this summer

We left the harbour at 10:00 onboard “Garðar” this morning and set the course north-west, towards Flatey island. We were sailing for about 45-60 minutes when we spotted the first spout and we soon realized that there was not only one, but at least 4 or 5 humpback whales around. In the same area we…

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Submission to the Strong Forces of Nature

We do like to go out sailing and watch whales. That’s a fact. However, there are forces so strong that sometimes prevent us from doing so. This morning the waves were churning and there is a lot of fresh snow on the mountain tops.  It seems like Old King Winter slowly is awakening from its…

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Two breaching species and bottlenoses

About 130 exited passengers went out on Garðar this morning, we didn‘t know at that point but we were in for a treat. To begin with we found two Humpback Whales travelling together, they came close and everything was going as according to plane. In a distance we spotted group of White-beaked Dolphins who were jumping…

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Humpbacks playing the main role

The humpback whales are still playing the main role here in the bay, and today they have been seen on all our tours.   On the morning tour at 10:00 we set the course north-west, as we heard from “Bjössi Sör” (they went out at 8:50) about two very nice humpback whales, swimming together close…

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Breaching Humpbacks and Bottlenose Whales!

I went on 3 trips today at 10:00, 13:30 and 18:30. Needless to say you feel tired at the end of the day but it’s a nice feeling of tiredness. It would probably feel very different if I spent this time at the office.  On the first two trips we saw up to 6 Humpback…

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Four Species (part II) and a Puffin!

Today, as me, guide Baldur and the rest of the crew headed out on Skjálfandi Bay, it did look quite chilly and grey. The clouds were low and the air was foggy.Despite of the cold there were 104 passengers more than willing to head out with us in search for whales. And as a matter…

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Four whale species and Lions Mane Jellyfishes

The weather is still warm and nice but the next days it’s expected to change in temperature. The signs of summer ending are more obvious every day. Birdlife is not as abundant and floating in the sea are many Lions Mane Jellyfishes who prefer cold water.  Today was interesting as the whales we saw just…

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Autumn approaching but still whales in the bay.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?  Thou art more lovely and more temperate:  Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,  And summer’s lease hath all too short a date                     – William Shakespeare – You can tell these days that autumn is…

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Humpbacks and Bottlenose Whales

We left the harbour this morning in very good weather conditions at 10:00 and set the course towards the area, where the humpback whales had been seen yesterday afternoon. But we didn’t have to sail as long as yesterday, as the humpbacks seem to have moved further into the bay now, which is of course…

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The Humpbacks are back again!

I was very optimistic when we headed out on Garðar this morning, I was sure that this was going to be a good day. The reason for it was that last night we had seen humpbacks and that was my first encounter with them for more than a week. If you see a humpback on…

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Woohoo: Minkes and Humpbacks!

I must say that I, and I guess I speak for the rest of the guides (and even the captains too) have been too well accustomed this summer. In July, we all got used to having around 15 to 20 Humback whales around in the bay, seeing a spout or a fluke in a distance,…

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Fantastic whale watching in Ólafsfjörður!

  We have had some great whale watching these past days here in Ólafsfjörður, in fact it has never been better. To proof it I have added some great pictures I took today.   I hope you’ll enjoy them.   Guide Binni.                            …

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Minkes, dolphins and porpoises

We left the harbour at 10:00 onboard “Garðar” in beautiful weather conditions and set the course towards the puffin island Lundey, into an area where some minke whales were seen feeding yesterday.  But the first species that we spotted on the trip was a group of white-beaked dolphins, just north-west of Lundey. We followed the…

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Northern Bottlenose Whales still around

The icelandic summer still continues with excellent weather conditions for whale watching here in Husavik and today we also spotted four different species of whales here in the bay.   In the morning, we found a big number of white-beaked dolphins in the middle of the bay and among them were also a large number…

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Sunshine and southern breeze

  These days it doesn’t really feel like the arctic circle is only a few kilometers away. The sun has been shining and a warm and gentle breeze has steadily been blowing from the south.  The temperature has been ranging from 16°- 22°C (61°- 72°F) for a few days now and and it’s a joy…

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The show must go on!

The much feared weather gods were obviously in a good mood when we set off at 10:00 from harbor on Garðar. The sun high in the sky, the sea glittering like a thousand diamonds and a warm breeze from the southeast. Me and Baldur, the other guide, climbed into the steel cauldron that is the…

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Schooner Hildur preparing for Greenland

North Sailing is now preparing for the first Greenland Expedition of the season. The project started in 2010 when Schooner Hildur was taken to the mighty Scoresby Sound fjord for exploration of the area. This evolved quickly and last summer North Sailing scheduled two trips with passengers, both of which were sold out.    …

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