The Schooner Hildur sails to Greenland

On the 18th of August 2010 the schooner Hildur set sail from Húsavík, Iceland on it’s journey to the east coast of Greenland.  Captain and expedition leader was Heimir Harðarson and most of the crew were employees of North-Sailing.  The destination of the journey was Scoresby Sound which extends about 350 km into the coastline…

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A Bottlenose whale or not?

Today, there were two trips in the bay, as the days before. In both tours the passengers were very fortunate, because they could saw three Minke Whales, sometimes surfacing very close to the boat. The weather was also quite good, with wind blowing from the south, what means warm wind, but at the end of…

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Great sightings of a feeding Minke

Although being the end of summer we are still lucky and the whales always manage to surprise us. The second tour today, at 13.30h, with Christian and Hrólfur as crew, didn‘t start off very well. in the morning tou they managed to find a Minke Whale, but this time it was a bit more difficult…

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Windy but warm

Today was a very windy day, but the wind was from the south, so it was warm, not as when it blows from the north. I went on the 13.30 trip, with Hrolfur and Halla Marín as crew. When the wind blows so strong is really difficult find the whales, so we spent a long…

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A nice tour in the western part of the bay

I went on a tour today, at 13.30, on Bjössi Sör. Today starts the part of the year during what we have only two tours per day, but that doesn‘t mean that they have to be worse, in fact today we had a good tour.The day was windy but not very cold and it rained…

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Beautiful weather and whales

The last days of August have been absolutely beautiful with still, warm days and minke whales that have been playing the main roll out on the bay together with dolphins and porpoises. The weather forecast for the next days is brilliant, southeasterly winds, fair with temperature from 12-22 deg. C.    From September 1st to…

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A grey seal in the bay

Today was a great day for whale watching, the sea was very flat and the weather was warm and sunny, a great way to start the first month of fall.   A new guest in the bay made the daily tours more interesting and funny, a grey seal was seen near the mountains, the western…

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A very curious minke whale!

Today I went out on three trips: At 10:00, 13:30 and 17:00. The weather was beautiful and we were successful on all three tours, but the first tour at 10:00 was one of the best whale watching tours I have ever had! It started with a mother dolphin with her calf, which we were able…

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Harbour Porpoises and Seals

The Minke Whales and the Dolphins have been absent from the bay today though some of them have been spotted far away.  On the other hand, the Harbour Porpoises have been using the opportunity to show more of themselves and some of them were spotted jumping which is a very rare sight.  One of the…

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Schooner Hildur back from Greenland

Schooner Hildur came to Húsavík today after a spectacular and adventurous 10 day journey to Greenland. The trip was a huge success and crew members were truly grateful to have had the oportunity to experience the extreme beauty of Scoresbysund and surroundings. Following are a few pictures taken during the trip and more detailed description…

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Schooner Hildur returning from Greenland

Schooner Hildur will return to Húsavík harbour around noon today after an adventurous journey to Scoresbysund in Greenland that will not be forgotten by crew members. Furtherst north, Hildur sailed to 71st degree north latitude inside the great Scoresbysund fjord which is the longest fjord in the world.   We are expecting a lot of…

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Silver Cloud in Húsavík

It was very busy this morning here in Húsavík, as the cruiseship Silver Cloud is paying us a visit. I went out together with captain Óli and assistant guide Oddvar on a special trip with 35 cruiseship passengers on our sailing schooner Haukur.The weather was beautiful, conditions were almost perfect and it did not take…

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Dolphin giving birth!

I was going out two trips this day with Captain Óli and our deckhand Teresa. On the first one it did not take us long to find a really curious and calm minke whale. He came close to the boat a couple of times, so that we could even see the white bands on the…

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The storm has passed.

After having been unable to sail for three days because of bad weather we were of course very happy to be able to go out again.  Though the wind had calmed somewhat it seemed still to be in a rather brooding mood.  The sea was still a bit rough and the boat rocked a bit. …

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Not sailing 21. to 23. of August

The weather has been bad these three days and we haven’t been able to go to sea. People have been busying themselves with work in the office or working on the boats in harbour. I have been working on news for the websites while others have been checking the overalls on the boats, cleaning the…

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Word from more members of Hildur’s crew

We‘ve now got more word on the Greenland expedition of Hildur. Crew member Gísli just sent us some pictures and told us a little bit about how the expedition has been going. Since we last heard from them they have reached Ittoqqortoormiit where, after getting instructions from the inhabitants, they dropped anchor. Remy one of…

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Hildur‘s Greenland expedition going well

We just got word from Captain Heimir on the Greenland expedition of Hildur. They have after less than 48 hours sailing reached Scoresbysund on the east coast of Greenland. Scoresbysund is called Kangertittivaq in Greenlandic and is the longest fjord in the world stretching some 350 km from the Greenland Sea. On the way and…

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Close encounters on rough seas

Today the weather was pretty bad and the sea was really rough so going out I wasn‘t very optimistic. My pessimism was however unfounded as on both tours I went out on today we got a very good look at a minke whale. We kept to the east side of the bay where the sea…

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Bjössi x 3

Yesterday we got a very pleasant visit from a small polar bear called Bjössi who is travelling around Iceland posing for pictures in many of the beautiful places you can find here. When he saw our boat Bjössi Sör he really wanted his picture taken with it and when he heard the story behind the…

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North Sailings annual celebration

North Sailings annual celebration was thrown the night of the 17th of August. As usual the destination was a surprise so the employees were herded onto a bus and this time the bus went east. After a short drive we arrived at Sultir in Kelduhverfi where the celebration would be thrown in an old barn.…

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Bad weather but three species

This morning the weather was quite bad and the sea was really rough. I went out on Garðar with captain Einar, Deckhands Ísak and Teresa and engineer Jóhann. The whales had been on the other side of the bay the last few days so we had to head all the way over there. The sea…

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