Humpback synchronicity

The southern winds chase away the usual cold. While it was not quite as warm as being in Spain, we were able to be comfortable without wool mittens. We set sail straight away. Since the southern winds come over land, the waves don’t pile up like they do from the north and the seas stay…

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Sails up!

Wind in Skjálfandi Bay is never predictable, and the Bay can completely transform in no time at all! Our passengers definitely saw this today, as we headed out into sunshine, calm seas and hardly a breeze. These conditions were perfect for whale watching, and the whales were happily coming to the surface, giving us an…

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Rough weather, but lots to see

Due to large swell and heavy winds, some of the tours were cancelled today. There is something special about wind blowing in your face, and the tops of waves turning white. It is humbling and aweinspiring to witness what the elements are capable of.   For the marine life however, it was business as usual.…

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Chilly days

Today, our lovely schooner Haukur headed out into a chilly Skjálfandi Bay. Yet, the cold is no match for our warm and cozy red overalls! With our passengers and crew all bundled up, we were ready for some whale watching. And the whales did not disappoint! Four Humpback whales paid us a visit, sometimes coming very…

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Sun, sails, dolphins and whales

The day was promising as Haukur headed out of Húsavík Harbour: the sun was shining, the sea was flat and a slight breeze made our sailors quite happy. On our morning tour, we were lucky enough to see several Humpback whales, one of which was quite content to rest on the surface near the boat for…

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Snow on the mountains and in the sea ;-)

The last day of August brought us rough weather: the cold storm from the north caused high waves and the tips of the Viknafjöll mountains turned white – yes, we got the first snow of the oncoming autumn! But despite the challenging sailing conditions we’ve been lucky with the whales. We spotted several small harbor…

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No more cinnamon rolls for me

We went out on Náttfari at 11:00 o’clock. We had 5 humpback whales in total and 2 Minke whales. One of the humpbacks came up on the way back, really close to the harbor. That was a nice surprice! We also went out at 15:00 o’clock. We saw two Humpback whales and one was flipping…

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Sun is back in the Bay.

  After a rainy Saturday, the sun is back today. Few clouds were still present in the morning but the afternoon was very sunny! Perfect weather to admire two humpback whales together, coming close to our boat. One of them is called Snow White, a well known humpback whale of Skjalfandi Bay. It has been…

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Jumping Humpback Whales

The weather on this morning was a bit rough as we were going out into the bay. After some driving we found ourselves in the presence of two humpback whales which were surfacing together as well as diving right after each other. It was a pleasure to watch them, especially when they were swimming towards…

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The reward for the braves!

The weather conditions today were not as good as we wanted them to be but whatever ! Our passengers were ready to face fog and rain to discover whales. And the result was worth it! Indeed, we were very lucky to see a humpback whale breaching 17 times, such a good moment. As you can see,…

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After the fog, comes the sun…

After extremely difficult sea conditions yesterday, today was one of these most beautiful days the North of Iceland can offer us. The sun warmed the day at sea and the whales seemed to love it!  After a very fine show in the morning, the afternoon tour turned out being amazing, with a Minke Whale, a…

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The Fog

Sometimes the sea does have its own set of rules. Today it was the thick and impenetrable ones of fog.It lead us to a new kind of experience: Whale-guessing. Take a whale watching with experienced crew members, add a large crowd of guests, put them in the thickest myst and try to find whales only…

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What a fantastic whale watching season!

It is safe to say that this season has been the best whale watching season so far. Since North Sailing was founded, 22 years ago, there has never been as much life in Skjálfandi Bay as this summer! The main players are the humpback whales, which are quite unpredictable, as can be seen on the…

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Surrounded by humpback whales

On this morning we decided to drive to the same area as the day before, looking for the whales we were lucky enough to encounter then. This decision turned out to be the right one when we found ourselves surrounded by humpback whales again. During our time spent in what seemed like “humpback whale central”…

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Humpback whales everywhere !

Today we started our first tour with the best weather and sea conditions. After driving for a while towards the north-east part of the bay we found ourselves surrounded by humpback whales. We even had several animals close together. They seemed to be very relaxed until later in the day when they became more active…

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Pilotwhales in the bay !

On this day we were surprised with an unexpected pleasure, pilot whales!!! We found them feeding in the area of the puffin island Lundey. It was a large pod with around a hundred individuals. Our luck continued during the day, when we had several minke whales close to the boat, in an area where there…

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Leaping dolphins

We headed out into the bay on a sunny morning on our Schooner Hildur, as ever, very expentant as to what we would find today as every trip is different.    Our passengers, who were of all different nationalities, were very excited when we spotted a large pod of dolphins travelling through the bay. We…

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