A mixed day

During our first trip today I was certain it was going to be a bad day. We only found one minke whale and we were only able to see it twice. We returned to harbour not too happy but at least we had found a whale. But my second trip of the day however was…

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Minkes in great variety!

The humpbacks are still absent from the bay but we have fortunately had lots of minkes. The minkes are harder to tell apart so we are not completely sure how many there are in the bay. Last night we saw a couple of tiny minke whales; One was smaller than average but compared to the…

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Minkes and Northern Bottlenose

Today was nice and sunny and very much appreciated by the crews to get the south winds blowing again after the chilly northerly winds for the past days. On my two tours today, we spotted several minke whales and harbour porpoises in the western part of the bay and  in the first tour we even…

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Ups and downs

I went out on the two last trips today. And these two trips showed extremely well how different each tour can be. The earlier, at 17:00, was a really good trip. Me and captain Bjarki went out on Knörrinn with a group of cheerful Spanish people. It was getting a bit foggy by then but…

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Minkes, humpbacks and rain again

The nice weather only lasted one day, this morning it was raining and foggy again. So I wasn't very optimistic when me and captain Þórunn went out at 9:00. But despite the fog we saw one minke whale and we could follow it for a little while and it always came up next to us.…

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A breaching bottlenose whale!

  The odd looking bottlenose whale © Sergio Lardiez          Finally it cleared up and stopped raining. I had three tours today, all of them really successful and nice. On the first tour we saw a humpback and another whale that we weren't sure what kind was because we just saw it quickly. It looked a bit…

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2000 whale watching tours for North Sailing

Yesterday captain Hrólfur came into the harbour from his North Sailing whale watching tour number 2000! Hrólfur has been working for North Sailing since the year 2000 but before he had worked for two years at another whale watching company. It's therefore safe to say that there are not a lot of whale watching captains who…

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Humpback with Mouth wide open!

Yesterday was special for me. The bay has been rather quiet for the last few days and the weather has been a bit gray although we have managed to find the whales in every trip so far. So I was feeling somewhat pessimistic when going out for the 8:30 trip yesterday morning and me and cpt. Hjalti…

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A strange humpback whale

It was a bit strange day. It went from being really special to being a bit dull. Bibbi and Hjalti had a unique tour at the beginning of the day with a feeding humpback whale and I think bibbi is going to upload photos from that trip tomorrow. Also I heard that on one trip,…

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A wet day with minke whales

Well, I have to say, I've often had better days in the bay. It was raining the whole day and the whales were hiding from me. On my first trip with captain Hreiðar we were almost four hours on the trip, instead of the regular three hours. The reason was that we had been traveling…

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Successful annual town festival

The annual Swedish days and the town festival Mærudagar (sweet-days) were celebrated in Húsavík last week. The weather forecast for the week had not been looking good but fortunately it turned out fine apart from a windy Thursday when North Sailing had to cancel all the trips, including an annual sailing to the settlement of…

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Breaching minke in a very shaky bay!

Today I went out two trips, the first one with captain Þórunn (my sister as well 🙂 ) and we saw three humpbacks and one that was lobtailing two, three times! In the end of the tour it was starting to get a bit bumpy on the sea and obvious that the wind was increasing.…

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Cosy Sunday

Today was an excellant day to enjoy the beautiful scenary and wildlife in Skjálfandi bay. Several minke whales and at least 3 different humpback whales were spotted plus some porpoises. There were several special moments worth mentioning f.ex. when a humpback whale breached over 30 times right next to our boat Snorri! On my trip…

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A quiet night of humpback whales

The evening trip this Saturday belonged to me. I left the harbour with captain Hreiðar and 10 passengers on Bjössi Sör, leaving behind us the noise of this year's town festival. We were also the only boat out in the bay this evening which gave us extra pressure. Hreiðar and I had just returned from…

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Swells and humpback whales

Yes, the weather got a lot better today. I only went out once to today on Knörrinn with captain Hjalti and it was still quite bumpy as the sea always takes some time to calm down after a storm like yesterday. But the main thing was that we saw whales and I had really a…

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Safety drill and a visit to the Whale Museum

  Guides and captains onboard Náttfari today The weather today was a bit winter-like. The wind was way to strong for us to go out whale watching and the sky was pouring, both rain and hail. Yes, hail in the middle of the summer. That's Iceland. But although all the boats were tied to the…

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An enthusiastic passenger

  William Wright with the crew on Haukur, captain Gísli and guide Martin. Sometimes it happens that people who visit North Sailing simply want to go again and again. That was the case with William Wright from Scotland who has already been on four tours, twice on Schooner Haukur and twice on the regular whale watching.…

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Breaching humpback whales

It seems like the humpback whales have no reason to leave us, there must be at least a dozen of them in the bay. On my earlier trip we saw two humpback whales quite close to each other and once we were getting closer to them one breached twice and a few moments later the other…

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4 species in one trip!

Not every day that you can see 4 species of rorqual whales in a single 3 hour whale watcing trip! But that was the case in the evening tour tonight (sunday evening 19th of july).  We spotted altogether about 5-7 humpback whales but on top of that, a fin whale (second largest of all animals)…

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