Whale Watching in Ólafsfjörður

On the morning of the 1.st of july the whale-watching trip from Ólafsfjörður proved to be a success.  In beautyfull weather close to the impressive cliffs at the bay opening into Eyjafjörður the blow of a hump-back whale was visible.  The spout blowing in the wind was just a small preview of what was to…

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Whale-watching in Ólafsfjörður

Whale-watching in our new location, Ólafsfjörður will start again on Friday the 1st of July. There haven’t been any trips for a few days now due to very bad weather, heavy rain and wind. The setting of Ólafsfjörður, at the mouth of Eyjafjörður fjord, is ideal for whale watching, literally minutes away from known feeding…

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Getting to know Agnés

Agnés Fournier comes from Montréal in Canada and has worked for North Sailing for the past two summers. I sat down with her to learn a little about her and how she ended up here, in the far North. “I lived here for a few years when I was a kid. My parents were music…

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Wet whale watching

The weather today was pretty horrible; cold, windy and it rained hard. Despite this we sailed into the bay with some passengers today. After sailing for a short while we managed to find a blue whale and some white-beaked dolphins in the same area. While we were following these whales around we ran into two…

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Blue Whales in Wintry Conditions

Today was cold and stormy at Skjálfandi Bay, but out we went with our boats Náttfari and Bjössi Sör. All of our passengers were informed about the conditions, about the bumpy sea and pouring rain. After about half an hour sailing we spotted the first blow – and there were just about to become several…

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Four species and calm weather

Today the sea was very calm and conditions for whale watching were really good.  We saw three species at the 10 o’clock trip, first off all a humpback how was taking it easy in the calm weather. Next we saw some white-beaked dolphins but they were quite far away so we chose to look at…

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Bay full of blues

No, B.B. King is not touring Iceland. Skjálfandi Bay is currently full of blue whales today I went out on two tours, saw many blue whales, some white-beaked dolphins, and two minke whales. Both tours were absolutely amazing. This is my third year working as a whale watching guide and the blue whales still leave…

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Two blue whales and a breaching humpback

For the ten o’clock trip this morning there was so much attendance that we went out on two boats, Náttfari and Knörrinn. There wasn’t sun but the sea was calm and little wind. On Náttari we set our course northwest because we had heard about some blue whales a bit far out there. Soon we…

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Absolutely amazing day at sea

Today was my first trip after a short vacation and it was spectacular. At first we had some minor technical difficulties with Náttfari(a fuse that needed to be replaced I was told) but that was quickly taken care of by our skilled crew and we were on our way into the bay. As we were…

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Blue whale seen from the air!

The largest animal on Earth, the Blue whale, was photographed from air this morning.  In addition to the boats of North Sailing going out for whale watching, Heimir Harðarson and Mark Carwardine flew over the bay and shot these photos here below.     North Sailing’s boat Náttfari out for whale watching.  Obviously there is…

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5 species in one trip!

Náttfari (lit. one/he who travels at night) was true to his name as he came into harbor around midnight tonight after a magnicifent tour.  Five species were spotted in the tour and not all of them of the smaller variety, to say the least.  In fact, White-Beaked Dolphin, Minke whale, Humpback, Fin whale and Blue…

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Blue whales in the sunshine

When we went out this morning, we finally had nice weather and beautiful whale watching conditions: The sun was shining and the sea was much calmer than it had been the days before. We left the harbour at 10:00 and set the course north-west, directly towards the area where we had seen the blue whales…

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Active humpback whale between Náttfari and Haukur

Sightings have been more or less very good during June and today was one of those fantastic humpback days.  A humpback was lobtailing for more than half an hour between two of North Sailing’s boats, Náttfari and Haukur.   When everyone thought the show was over, the whale leaped clear out of the water to…

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Icelandic National Day

Today is Icelandic National Day, although the whales in Skjálfandi Bay seem not to care too much. We went out this morning in a northern wind, the air was cold and moist. In the Mid-Bay we met a couple of White Beaked Dolphins, but they were not in a mood for a show, so we…

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Another amazing day with five species

Today was another amazing day at sea. We saw five species again today like yesterday. The blue whales, humpbacks, minke’s, white beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises were in rare form today, especially the dolphins who were really playful, breaching and following the boat for a short while. We also saw a humpback feeding, closing it’s…

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Blue Whales in Skjálfandi bay again

Both yesterday and today we have been watching blue whales in the North western part of Skjálfandi bay. It is nice to see them again but they were last seen on a tour in the beginning of June. They have been in the area near Flatey Island and there have also been plenty of other…

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An incredible day with 5 species

Today was an absolutely amazing day. It was cold like it has been for the last few days but not nearly as windy and the sea nowhere near as rough. Despite the cold the two tours I went out on were simply amazing. I saw 5 species overall, harbour porpoises, white beaked dolphins, a minke…

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