Flensburg Rumregatta around the corner

Work proceeds on Schooner Hildur in Egernsund as the annual Rumregatta in Flensburg is just around the corner.   Masts, bowsprit, davits, booms and gaffs are in place but the sails, 250 sqm. of beautiful white cloth is still in the making in Norway.   That means Hildur won’t be sailing with sails during the Rumregatta weekend…

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Busy May day!

The day was busy for North Sailing as 3 boats were out at the same time having different assignments.   Bjössi Sör was out, twice actually, for the traditional whale watching tours with some 30 passengers.   Schooner Haukur went the first trip of the season picking up 14 passengers from Siglufjörður, 5 hours sailing away.…

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Humpback is back

Humpback whales were spotted on the first tours this season in april but since then not, until today when Bjössi Sör and crew stumbled across a huge humpback quite close to Husavik harbour. 30 passengers of different nationalities were of course delighted to witness this huge animal that can be up to 17 meters in…

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Minkes and porpoises

Today and yesterday, the bay was calm and the sun shining. Both days we went whale watching with success both days. We found 2 minke whales and were able to get close to both of them and watch them for a long time! There were also several harbour porpoises around and today we spotted a…

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Schooner Hildur mast erection

It is always a big moment when the masts of a sail ship are put in place. This was done for Hildur this week in Egernsund. Following are some nice pictures from the day.                   

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Cold but beautiful

Today was whale watching tour no. 4 this season. Bjössi Sör went out at 13:30 with 4 passengers and the weather was beautiful but rather cold. We sailed out towards the Puffin island where we saw thousands of puffins which are busy preparing their nests. This time, the whales did not show up but it´s…

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Volcano eruption in South Iceland

  Today is the third day of volcanic eruption under Eyjafjallajökull glacier in the South of Iceland. Now it seems to be stable and it´s worth mentioning that there has been no ash fall in the North of Iceland were we´re located. It is completely safe to visit Húsavík and the northern part of Iceland…

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Dolphins today

Today we went on our 2nd tour this season. The conditions were quite ok, northerly breeze, quite calm sea but rather cold.   We started with searching for the humpback whale we left yesterday but it seemed to have moved on to a different feeding area. At least we couldn´t find it but hopefully it´ll…

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The first Whale Watching tour of the year!

  Today at 13:30 Northsailing started the Whale Watching season when Bjössi Sör left the harbour with 10 passengers on board and together with Captain Hrólfur and Guide Nils.   After about 20 min. sailing, we found a Humpback whale which was in a good mood and did some tail splash for us. After a while, we carried on and set…

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Gardar up in the shipyard

  One of the two newest Northsailing boats Gardar is now up in the Husavik shipyard for the first time for witch we can call a final touch, meaning both routine maintenance and repairing if require. This will probably take few veeks. This is the biggest wooden boat who have ever been in this shipyard…

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Mast for Gardar

  This week, a work on new mast for Gardar started at Northsailings workshop, this is a Icelandic spruce tree from Hallormstad. The mast will be around 12 m high or little longer if we reckon the flagpole who will be attach with the mast. Her are some photos of the erly work on the…

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The launch of Schooner Hildur

Schooner Hildur was launched today and everything went very well.  In the next few days a work on setting up the rig will begin.  A bow-sprit, davits and two gorgeous masts around 20 meters high each.  Something to hold well over 200 squaremeters of sails.   More pictures from the launch to be seen here:…

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Gardar: Tanks, pipes and paint

  There is lot of work to reconstruct  a passengership like Gardar, there is new tanks, new electricity, new pipes and then of course paint, and probably many more things.   Gardar is soon to be ready for the Húsavikshipyard which will be part of the final work on her.   We go on board…

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Húsavík, Iceland among the 10 best whale watching destinations

According The Daily Telegraph, Iceland is among the 10 best whale watching destinations worldwide. The North Sailing speciality, beautifully restored fishing vessels are mentioned and a link is given to North Sailing's partner for 15 years, Discover the world in the UK.    Following is the part about Iceland and a link:     The Daily Telegraph,…

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The German division

Through the years, some foreigners have been working as tour guide‘s for North Sailing and majority of them are from Germany. Usually they have joined the company after been working for the Whale Museum for one or more season and got to know the operation by going out with our boats, doing research for the museum. Three…

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Húsavík shipyard

Two of North Sailing´s boats, Schooner Haukur and Bjössi Sör have been up in the shipyard for the past few weeks where they´ve undergone routine maintenance.   Since the season start is nearing, things are starting to happen and Schooner Haukur went down from the shipyard last Monday and now some maintenance and improvements are being done…

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Update on schooner Hildur

Work continues in the shipyard in Egernsund where schooner Hildur is in the making. Following are some pictures taken during the last days.   Working on the main deck    Guðmundur tightening the deck    Pulling the engine on board   Placing the engine in the engine room   Down in the former fishing hold…

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