Bad weather the last few days

The weather the last few days has reminded us of anything but summer, with a foggy bay and a stiff northern wind that makes sea conditions great for sickness, but rather poor for whale watching.  Today, any sign of summer is gone with it actually snowing which is unseasonal even for Iceland.   Although the…

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Another breaching humpback!

This morning we saw another humpback whale breach close to the boat, the second day in a row! Even though the sea was rough and not quite the best whale watching conditions we were lucky enough to see two different humpback whales. The first one was in the middle of the bay and we followed…

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A breaching Humpback whale!

Yes, today at 13:30 some 9 lucky passengers left the harbour with us and they sure did not know what they had coming! We found a nice humpback whale after about 40 mins which we followed for a while, or until we spotted another blow a bit further north. The wind had picked up quite…

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A humpback whale in rough conditions

When we left the harbour this morning at 10:00, the wind was blowing quite strong from the north and that often means that there is some swell in the bay. The conditions were totally different from yesterday and even though it was a bumpy ride, it didn’t take us long to spot the blow from…

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Perfect whale watching on Friday 13th

This morning was one of the best whale watching tours we have had this season so far. We went out in perfect whale watching conditions and it didn’t take us long to spot the blow from a humpback whale. We went closer and while we were waiting for the humpback whale to come up again,…

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Getting ready for the season

Everything is almost ready for the whale watching season but in the next few weeks the stream of tourists is going to increase a lot. We have been lucky with both weather, whales and number of passengers since we started going out on tours the 1st of April this year. In the good weather today…

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2 Humpback Whales and Minke Whales as well.

While getting ready for the 1:30 PM trip I heard that the crew that went out at 10:00 had spotted one of the Humpbacks.  That was certainly joyous news.  The playful Humpback is a crowd favourite and always a delight.  I didn’t dare hope we’d be so lucky to see them both but thankfully we…

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Humpbacks and minke whales

This morning captain Hrólfur, guide Halla Marín and some 29 passengers went out on Knörrinn hoping to find whales. And whales they found!   After about a half an hour sailing west a humpback whale appeared much to the enjoyment of both passengers and crew members. A humpback whale hasn’t been seen in the bay…

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A cold but successful day

Today we had a cold wind blowing from the north and it was also a bit foggy, especially during our morning tour. But we managed to get some very close views of two minke whales in the western part of the bay, close to the mountains.   In the afternoon we were heading west again…

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Minkes still playing the main role

This morning we had some swell coming from the north, which made it a bit tricky to find the whales. But after some searching in the area where we had seen the minke whales during the last days (close to the mountains), we were finally succesful and found two minke whales.   In the afternoon…

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Two very different tours

At 10:00 this morning we went out with 24 passengers in beautiful weather with a flat calm sea. The visibility was perfect and it did not take us long until we found a minke whale. Even though the whale was often taking quite long dives, he was very calm at the surface and always came…

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A breaching Humpback whale!

When we left the harbour this morning it was still quite foggy in the bay, but after some searching we managed to find the humpback whale again, the same one that has been around now for the last two days. We got some very close looks at this whale and after a while, we left…

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The first Humpback whale of the season!

We usually have very high sighting rates on our whale watching tours and it doesn’t happen very often that there are no whales or dolphins seen on a tour. But from time to time we have trips like the one yesterday, where we were searching a huge area for almost three and a half hours…

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Humpback whale celebrates May 1st.

A humpback whale has not been spotted in Skjálfandi this season before apart from the brief visit into Húsavík harbour just before the season start… until today!   Captain Hrólfur was then, like so many previous years the first captain in the area to spot a humpback whale in Skjálfandi bay.  Passengers on Knörrinn were…

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Minke whales in beautiful weather

The weather has been very nice the last days here in Húsavík with a lot of sun and there seems to be more and more life in the bay now. During the last three days we have seen two minke whales and several harbour porpoises on every tour as well as many different kinds of…

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Happy summer – the first minke whale of the season!

The day today is officially the first day of summer in Iceland and today the first minke whale was found by captain Hrólfur on good old Knörrinn.  So far this season it’s been mainly harbor porpoises and white beaked dolphins seen on the tours plus a tour with lots of Killer whales and just before…

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Killer whales kick-start the 17th season of North Sailing!

After a slow start with 3 tours where the playful Harbour porpoises played the main role, things started to get serious today. Knörrinn, with 13 passengers (lucky 13) headed out to the bay into a glittering Skjálfandi bay with the magnificent mountains of Kinn graciously rising at the horizon.   After roughly two hours of…

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The season's first tour

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The season's first tour

  North Sailing’s 17th season started today when captain Hrólfur and guide Nils went out on Knörrinn with 19 passengers, mostly tourist but also locals. It was raining when we boarded, grey and cloudy when we sailed out of the harbor and a little bit sunny when we returned after more than 3 hours out…

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A humpback whale in the harbor of Husavik

It‘s very rare, even on high season to see a whale having a good time inside a port.   But today, the 30th of march, there was a humpback whale swimming inside the harbor of Husavik. Maybe he was reminding us, that North Sailing will start the whale watching season just in two days, friday…

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Construction work on Náttfari coming to an end

Those who have been following our news section on our website are aware of the reconstruction and renovation of North Sailing‘s vessel, Náttfari during the winter months.   The new railing on backboard and stern side of the boat is almost finished and the new 420 horsepower Scania engine is getting ready to be tested.…

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