NS-2 Whales, Puffins & Sails

 Have you tried going out on a whale watching trip on a sailing boat? North Sailing offers passengers to go on a whale watching tour on one of our two sailing boats. The Puffin Island is visited and of course the crew puts up the sails with the passengers assistance. It‘s always amazing to…

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So many Minke whales!

Coming out of the harbor, I noticed the weather was incredibly mild in the bay.  It didn’t take long until we spotted the first Minke whale.  It seemed to be quite busy feeding, and dove for quite long, so getting a good look at it proved difficult.  All of a sudden, we spotted another Minke…

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A lot of minke whales, dolphins and a HUMPBACK

The weather is still perfect in Húsavík, sunny most of the time. It was slightly foggy though for a short time in the afternoon but it didn’t affect any of our tours. We saw a lot of minke whales just one or two miles out of the harbour. There were also some white beaked dolphins…

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Mærudagar in Húsavík

There is currently a festival going on in Húsavík called Mærudagar. It translates to something like Candydays. Because of Mærudagar there is a lot going on in Húsavík these days and especially in the harbour area including, but not limited to, beach volleyball, a horse show, a motorcycle show, a market, a ram show and…

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Garðar ready for passengers

At midnight yesterday Garðar sailed for the first time into Skjálfandi bay with passengers. It was the annual Mærudagar midnight sailing trip and today was Garðar‘s first whale watching tour. It was a great success with minke whales, white beaked dolphins and fantastic weather.   Guide Þórdís in an extremely good mood.   The first…

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Garðar's first whale watching tour

Today was quite a day in the history of North Sailing when Garðar sailed out whale watching for the first time. I got the honor of being the first guide to take passengers out and it was indeed a successful first tour. There was practically no wind, the surface completely still and we hadn’t gone…

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Nice weather, minkes and dolphins

The weather was amazing today, the sun shining and in the evening the midnight sun was really beautiful. The whole day Minke whales and White beaked dolphins played the main role although on one of my tours it was a bit difficult to find a Minke whale but we saw a lot of the dolphins.…

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Minkes feeding on swarms of herring

Today was a remarkable day with the whales. The weather was good; Sunshine and next to no wind. There had been sightings of great swarms of herring towards the bottom of the bay, visible to the naked eye as black spots on the surface, and when we got closer we found a few minke whales…

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Mærudagar starting!

The annual town festival, Mærudagar, starts this Thursday the 22nd of July.  In Húsavík, the word “mæra,” the first half of the local festivals name, means sweets or candy.  Thus, the festival might be called “Candy days” in English.  These Mærudagar have been held the last fifteen years, starting off in 1995, growing bigger each…

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Beautiful day with a curious minke whale and dolphins

The weather in Húsavík today is amazing, the bay completely calm and the sky clear. The scenery doesn’t get much more beautiful than on a day like today. This morning a cruise ship arrived in Húsavík harbour and a part of the passengers went out whale watching with me at 9:00. We had the most…

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Minke whales and another curious animal

Today we have seen several Minke whales and they seem to have a lot of food. A pleasant surprise today was to have a small seal approach the boat to the delight of our guests. It was very curious and came close to inspect.   Flosi, guide. 

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Dolphins in great numbers

Today we had several minke whales with us both by the bottom of the bay and in the east, a short way from harbour. They were quite busy feeding it seemed, moving sporadically and hard to predict. Even though that makes our job a bit more difficult it is none the less very pleasing to…

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Minkes, dolphins and porpoises

Today we started off in a great fashion, with minke whales practically inside the harbour. We had to work for it but eventually got a good look at them so that everyone caught a good look. Then, for the first time in many weeks, we spotted a group of harbour porpoises that actually showed themselves…

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Minkes in the west

Today the weather was okay, but the whales were quite difficult to spot. However, after a long trip over the bay to the east, under the great Creek Mountains, we were able to spot at least two minke whales rather close together, feeding near Skerið, a reef that is often visited by the whales. On…

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Hildur arrived today!

It was a proud moment for North Sailing when Schooner Hildur sailed into Húsavík harbour this morning. Like we have reported in the last weeks Hildur has been in Denmark for the last 10 months where it was being transformed into the two mast schooner. It left Denmark last weekend and arrived in Húsavík at…

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High season and incredible weather

It‘s now high season and we are managing quite well despite Náttfari being out of action. The weather today is incredible and the harbour is bustling with life. Tourists waiting in lines to go whale watching, sitting outside both Gamli Baukur and Skuld enjoying the weather. North Sailing‘s employees are doing there best to find…

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Still grey skies and minke whales

The skies were still grey but at least it wasn‘t raining. I sailed two trips with Cpt. Hreiðar and Deckhand Sammi came along on one trip. We had lot‘s of passengers, almost full capacity of Knörrinn on both trips, and had some great luck with the minke whales. We saw at least 4 or 5…

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New website launched

The North Sailing website has undergone major renewal in the past couple of weeks. Through the main site (www.northsailing.is) you can now easily navigate to its sister pages, including the whale watching and schooner sites. The new design makes everything easier, from finding out basic information about our services to quickly checking out the daily…

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Grey sky, minke whales and dolphins

Brr… it was really cold out there this morning, the sky grey and sometimes it was raining. But everybody put on warm overalls and off we went. We hadn’t been out for long when we spotted the first minke whale. It was however quite busy and traveling between different areas. Further out we spotted another…

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Hildur starts heading home!

Hildur has departed Denmark, where it has been stationed for renovation as a schooner for the last 10 months, or since september 2009, and is finally heading home. Hildur was primarily stationed in Egernsund where most of the work was carried out and it was made seaworthy in its new form, but was also sailed…

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