Hildur being readied for an expedition to Greenland

Hildur is now being readied for an expedition to Greenland. She will leave tomorrow and is scheduled to return on the 28th or 29th of August. It will be manned by North Sailings schooner crews. This expedition is being undertaken to research the possibility of sailing with passengers to Greenland. As the pictures show preparations…

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A rainy tour to beautiful Flatey

As is stated on our website, www.whalewatchinghusavik.is, special tours are available upon request.  One such special tour that we suggest is a trip to an island here in the bay, Flatey.  The name literally means flat island, and its highest point is indeed only 22 meters above sea level.  Yesterday, me, deckhand Teresa and Captain…

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Wet evening trip with a minke whale.

Today was really wet and the sea was rather rough. Some minke whales had been spotted before during the day all the way on the western side of the bay so we headed that way. Locating a whale took some time but once we located one we managed to hang on to it for a…

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Minke whales in the pouring rain

This was a day for raincoats.  It didn’t look like it when we started out this morning, being very sunny in the harbor, but it soon became apparent.  It only got worse as the day progressed, but of course this in no way affected our success.  In my second tour, especially, we were very lucky. …

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Four minke whales in the western part of the bay

It was pouring rain this morning in Húsavík but the rain had stopped when we went out at 13:30 on North-sailings oldest whalewatching boat, Knörrinn.   We knew for a fact that some minke whales where in the western part of the bay, so that was our destination. We ran into couple of Harbour porpoises…

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My best boat tour yet, not to mention the whales!

I went out on two tours on Garðar today.  The former one was good, we drove to the western side of the bay, running into some white beaked dolphins on the way, and then taking a look at a few minke whales under the creeks and peaks of Víknafjöll.  However, while the agenda for the…

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Minkes in the rare southern wind

The weather today was great; Unusual southern breeze and sun as the day wore on. The sea was almost completely still in the morning as we set out on the first tour of the day. We found the minke whales in the west of the bay, where they have been seen in the last few…

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A fin whale or not?

This morning it was a really nice, calm weather and we didn’t travel for long when the crew on Bjössi Sör called us to say they saw a minke whale. We were on Haukur not far from them and headed directly towards them. When I had seen it a couple of times I started having…

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Unpredictable weather and whales

Today the weather was really unpredictable, changing from sunny to raining and back again in the matter of minutes. At one time it was even raining and sunny at the same time. Still we didn’t let that stop us and went out in search of the whales. On my first tour I saw some very…

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Three amazing trips

I went out on three trips today and each one was absolutely amazing. The first one had a slow start, one minke whale that was incredibly busy and had no time to show us itself.  We tried to get a good look at it but no matter how hard we tried we couldn’t get a…

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Morning trip on Garðar

Today my first trip was on Garðar with captain Einar. The weather was really nice and we sailed over the bay towards Víknafjöll were the minke whales have been staying the last few days. We saw a few minke whales and managed to get quite close to some of them before the time was up…

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Pictures from passengers

Sometimes passengers send us pictures they have taken on our tours. It‘s always nice to see these beautiful pictures so if you have any feel free to send them our way. Here are a few pictures of a minke whale taken by passenger Neil Shaddick on a tour he went on the 20th of July.…

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Foggy day

Today was incredibly foggy and I was a little nervous going on the first tour, since we didn‘t know where the whales had moved since last night.  While it took some time to find the first whales it was a very pleasant trip and we got a look of some elusive harbour porpoises and a…

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Hildur starts sailing

Last Saturday, July the 31st, at 16:00 hours our new schooner Hildur sailed its first whale watching tour. A four hour voyage of NS-2, Whales, Puffins and Sails, and the tour was successful! Hildur is a two masted schooner, takes up to 50 passengers and is thus the third largest vessel in our fleet. We…

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Blue whales in the far north

Today was remarkable, although regrettably not likely to repeat itself. Two blue whales wandered into the bay in the northwest, around Flatey. Our crew was lucky enough to spot their giant blows while they were searching for minkes in the west. As they approached they realized that it was a mother and a calf swimming…

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Minkes and dolphins found in spite of the fog

Today started off really foggy. But we never let the weather bring us down and left, well not bright, but early from harbour full of determination to find the whales.   The bay is crawling with fish and when there is fish the minkes are never far off. Today it would have been hard to…

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Still seas and dolphins: A good blend – Pictures!

Today was a very good day in the bay. The air almost still and the sea like glass at times with a light cloud cover which makes for the ideal conditions for spotting whales. The animals seemed to be in the same spirit as the weather. In both my tours today we started off by…

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A curious Minke and playful Dolphins in the midnight sun

The weather was just wonderful yesterday when we went on our evening trip at 8:15 PM.  Calm sea, a gentle breeze and the sun already a dark yellow.  Our first sighting was unexpected: 3 Harbour Porpoises jumped out of the water all of a sudden and swam rather close to the boat before disappearing.  The Harbour Porpoise…

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Minke whales aggressively feeding

  Our regular readers should know by now that there has been no shortage of Minke whales in the Bay this summer.  Some say this will be known in history as “the great minke-summer of 2010”!  Since the Minkes never lift their fluke and often stay submerged for a long time (not to mention their…

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Minke whales, dolphins and active birdlife

It’s been going well so far today, with more of the same mild weather as yesterday.  Some of the Minke whales have been around the same area as yesterday, and it didn’t take long to find the first one when I went out earlier.  That one proved a bit hard to keep track of, but…

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