The Blues are back!

Today was great. In the 10 o’clock trip we had a very close encounter with 3 Humpback Whales. They were so close to land that we had a lot of time to spare and took the detour to the Puffin Island, something we usually don’t do in the 3 hours trips. The Sail Boats on the other…

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Whales, dolphins & more!

It was a bit windy this morning, as me and captain Hrólfur headed out on the Skjálfandi Bay, looking for whales. We managed to take a good look at a humpback whale, while seeing more blows in a distance. In the 13:30 tour, the bay literally came to live! How wonderful! There were birds feeding…

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And the whale festival goes on!

The bay was busy this morning. We first met a sleepy Humpback whale which we left resting after having seen him, or her, surface a couple of times. After another 10 minute sail we saw some White-beaked dolphins, around 20 of them, adults and calves together. They were speeding and changing direction quite a bit…

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Friday the 13th

Even though it was a windy and wavy morning, the 10 o’clock trip was fun, nice people onboard, and the whale watching successful!   I went out on our biggest boat Garðar this morning. The weather was clear sky but it had already started to blow up out on the bay. We went straight out…

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Blue whales in Ólafsfjörður and Northern bottlenosed whales in Húsavík

Apart from the usual suspects this was a great day for whale watching both in Skjálfandi bay (Húsavík) and Eyjafjörður (Ólafsfjörður).  Northern bottlenosed whales were spotted in Skjálfandi bay and now two blue whales turned up just outside Ólafsfjörður and entertained 18 lucky passengers who had just been watching several humpback whales when the huge strokes from the…

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Getting to know…Annukka

Annukka Pekkarinen from Finland has recently joined our team for this summer as a whale watching guide and deckhand on our schooner tours. She has studied Marine Biology and Coastal Marine Management. We sat down together in our cosy staffroom, and I would like to share this short interview with you.     Q: Annukka,…

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Humpback whales and White beaked dolphins

11.07.2012 Today me and captain Gylfi went out on Garðar at 10 o’clock and at 13:30. Both of the tours were very successful and the weather was amazing, calm and sunny. In the first tour it didn’t take long until we spotted some White beak dolphins. Later we found four nice Humpback whales in the…

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“Kúti” and friends

We went out at 10:00 this morning with a big group of british tourists from a cruiseship that has been in Akureyri today and the tour started off really well! I had just finished my introduction speech, when captain Hrólfur told me that he had seen a blow, just a few minutes after we had…

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Humpbacks from the first 10 minutes!

The 10 o’clock tour started very well, not even 10 minutes sailing out of the harbour we saw a Humpback whale which was feeding. Slowly swimming right under the surface and coming up the breath regularly, giving us a wonderful view of the dorsal fin and long white flippers. After spending some time with this…

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Suzan & Lisette: “Our first encounter with a humpback whale”

It was a sunny, bright and rather calm day at sea when we were heading out with our boat „Bjössi Sör“ , guide Baldur and an international crowd of passengers.   After less than an hour, heading from Húsavík harbour to the mountains across Skjálfandi Bay, Baldur made out several whale spouts. From the upper…

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Countless humpbacks

Today Garðar went out on two trips and these two were no exception from last week! A bay full of humpbacks that were feeding and some of them even breaching and lop tailing. The crew felt as we were barely out of the harbor when we found the first humpback and after that it was…

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Whale watching in beautiful weather

Both our trips on Garðar today were very successful. First we saw around 5 Humpback whales feeding in the middle of the bay and later we found two Minke whales, also feeding and one of them was quite curious and came really close to the boat. On the way home we found one Humpback laying…

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Getting to know … Sabrina

The newest team member of the North Sailing guides is Sabrina Brando. Sabrina  has joined us this summer for the first time, and we would like to get to know her a little better.     Sabrina runs her own company, AnimalConcepts, a consultancy company working on animal welfare, in zoos, research institutes, universities, public…

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Blue whales, Fin whales, Humpback whales and Dolphins

Yet another amazing whale watching day. 6 species altogether including two the largest of them all, the blue whale and the fin whale. Those two species were though not seen on all the tours but humpbacks were definitely playing the main role today. Up to 15 different humpbacks in a relatively small area, some of them…

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Blue Whale in the bay!

The days are just magnificent! I have done now one trip today, and had an excellent encounter with Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. I had the privilege to sail with Silja as 2nd Guide and we had a great discussion and shared opinions and experience. This is becoming more and more frequent, two Guides going on…

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Guide in training

Today was just an ordinary day. The weather was a little gray this morning and a little drizzle when we headed out, but Whale wise it was just great, Humpbacks, Minkes and Dolphins and all very close to us. The afternoon trip was just about the same, only a little sunnier. So nothing to complain…

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Lob tailing and breaching Humpback whale

Conditions for whale watching were good this morning though the sun was not shining. After about half an hour we found a humpback whale that was really calm and lifted the fluke every time it went down for a deep-dive. Next we spotted another humpback this one did not lift the fluke for us until…

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North Sailing receives Tripadvisor‘s „Certificate of Excellence“

Today, North Sailing was officially rated with a Certificate of Excellence  by Tripadvisor, the world‘s largest travel site for travellers feedback.   This award, which is given only to the most exceptional performes in Tripadvisor‘s global business community is a significant achievement. North Sailing is thrilled to have received such positive recognition from our customers, and…

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Still fantastic whale watching conditions

We still have very good whale watching condtitions here in Skjálfandi Bay and today was no exception: The sea was calm, the sun was shining and we have been very successful with the whales. We left the harbour at 10:00 onboard “Garðar” and once more the well-known whale expert and friend of North Sailing, Mark…

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