Rebuilding the old fishing boats

The first reason North Sailing’s owners bought Knörrinn, the first boat, was the preservation of old Icelandic fishing vessels; many of which lay rotting in harbours all around Iceland. As beautiful as the boats look today most of them were in bad condition when North Sailing bought them and it took a lot of work…

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Blue Whale in a stormy weather

Today the weather was really bad out on Skjálfandi bay, and by bad, I mean bad. On the 10 o´clock tour we still managed to see three species, but on the 13:30 tour we were surpriced by a bigger friend of ours, the Big Blue. We had spotted a very high spout in a distance…

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Knörrinn: The First Boat of North Sailing

Today North Sailing owns and operates 6 boats. All of them are traditional Icelandic fishing boats, they are all oak boats, built in the 60’s and 70’s. Knörrinn is the oldest one, built in 1963 and is also the first boat North Sailing bought.   First years of Whale Watching   The Story   Two…

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Better weather outlook for Monday

The weather forecast for Monday, August 15th is relatively good so hopefully we´ll be able to sail out at 08:50 and 10:00 o´clock, and according to schedule after that.   For information and booking, please contact us via e-mail; info@northsailing.is or phone: +354 464 7272.   NSO-1 Ólafsfjörður Whale Watching, will however, be closed for…

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Special guests

In passing weeks we had two special guests going out whale watching on our boats.   Anna Floistrup (Denmark) was a really enthusiastic whale watcher and wanted to try all of our different boats so she went for SEVEN trips in just a few days! Here is Anna happy onboard Schooner Haukur:     A…

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Last evening tour of the summer

Yesterday evening I went on the last evening tour of the summer. It was a fantastic and very romantic tour. We had to go a long way to find whales, but when we did we were surrounded by them. There were about five humpback whales and at least four minke whales. And at one point…

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The easy life of the guide

I just came in to work again yesterday, I had been abroad doing some other personal stuff. I had two trips yesterday and two today. And what a joy it was. The weather is just perfect, whales everywhere and the North Sailing crew has never been more qualified over all, since I started working here…

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Humpbacks and Minkes

This morning was cold and the waves were high, but there were a lot of whales in the bay. We found three or four humpback whales and around five minke whales. One of the humpbacks was incredibly calm and relaxed around us and came up really close to our boat, only 2-3 meters from the…

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The signs of North Sailing

Running a business, whether it is a whale watching company or a restaurant is kind of moot if nobody notices and so we have signs to point the way. At North Sailing and the connected companies we have lot’s of interesting signs to point peoples way towards our many establishments. A good sign does more…

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Preperations for Greenland Voyage underway

Preperations for Hildur’s trip to Greenland have begun and everything is on schedule according to the crew. This will be the first time North Sailing will be doing this trip with passengers but last year a crew from North Sailing did a similar trip to check on conditions and prepare for the trip they are…

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Many humpbacks in the cold and the dark.

Today was pretty cold but the whales didn’t seem to mind and were staying on the western side of the bay. We found a minke whale on our way over there but unfortunately couldn’t find it again after it went down for a deep dive. We kept going and found a humpback whale on the…

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Whales everywhere

Today I went on two tours on our biggest boat, Garðar, at 10:00 and 13:30. Both tours were a great success with several humpback and minke whales as well as white-beaked dolphins being spotted on both tours. But the second tour was really unique. I went out together with Þorbjörg and we took turns with…

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Humpback and minke whale watching on Haukur

This morning we left the harbour at 11:00 onboard the sailing schooner Haukur. I had already been guiding on Haukur several times last year, but it was the first time for me this season, so I was looking forward to the tour. I went out with captain Heimir and we set the course north-west into…

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Activ heads off to Greenland

On last wednesday, 3rd of august, the magestic Activ continued her journey up to Northeast Greenland. Activ is on an „expedition driven by sails, science and art“. Follow at www.ekspeditionen2011.dk   In 2008 Activ sailed up to Húsavík on another expedition to Northeast Greenland. North Sailing got to know her captain, Jonas Bergsøe and his…

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Breaching humpback

A breaching humpback whale was spotted today. I didn’t count how many times, but if I had to guess I would say at least 30 times in one tour. It was just absolutely amazing! Pictures say more than words…     Damien Saffroy took this fantastic picture.   Guide Þorbjörg

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3 relaxed Humpbacks in beautiful weather.

At our 10:00 and 13:30 trips today we saw 3 Humpback Whales that were extremely relaxed and friendly. On several occasions one of them swam close to our boat while the other two swam in perfect synchronicity further off.  The weather was really wonderful, the sun shining and calm seas. Among our guests was a…

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Dagmar Aaen and Pirola say goodbye

On the 27th of july our german friendships Pirola and Dagmar Aaen left the harbour of Húsavík in beautiful summer weather. Pirola headed back to her home port in  Hamburg, Germany. Dagmar Aaen has been waiting for the ice-situation in Northeast Greenland to improve. Meanwhile they wanted to explore the scenary of north Iceland and…

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Calm humpbacks, but not as calm sea

Today I went on two tours on Garðar. The first tour was great, the weather was good although it was cold and we found a delightful humpback whale. The second tour was not as good, the weather was getting worse and the wind was picking up so the waves were getting very high, but we…

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Sailing ships in Húsavík

Soon the last of the visiting boats of Sail Husavik 2011 will leave.  It’s surely been amazing to have these beautiful ships in town.  There is something mesmerizing about sailing ships.  They’re a reminder of the past, a reminder of how quickly the present can turn into history.We are gripped by the same feeling when…

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