Whale party this weekend !

  Today has been great here in Skjálfandi Bay! There are whales basically all over the bay, everywhere I looked I could see blows, black backs or flukes… a real party!  I went on two tours today and in the first one we came across two humpback whales that were swimming side by side and…

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A blue whale or a fin whale?

I just came in from a whale watching trip on Haukur with captain Gísli and it was really really nice. Just one or two miles out of the harbour there are basically blows everywhere you looked. All the blows from humpback whales that seemed to be feeding in the area. We started the tour though…

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The guides meeting

  The chef onboard Haukur, guide Nils Last Tuesday all the guides of North Sailing were meeting for dinner and chat onboard Schooner Haukur. Nils, guide on Haukur, cooked lamb for everyone and then we shared tips and experience with each other. The atmosphere was nice and it was really great to meet up all together which we rarely have…

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A fin whale in the bay

The last two days a fin whale has been spotted in the bay. The fin whale is a rare sight in Skjálfandi bay and was only seen on one tour last year. Two days ago it was only seen from a distance and quite hard to approach but yesterday we had great success and the fin…

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It just keeps on pouring…rain and whales

Even though the last days have been a bit rough weather wise, with drizzling rain and a shaky surface, every tour has been successful ´whale wise´. Today I went out with my brother Heimir as captain and it was quite a movement out there but our passangers left with happy faces even though some got seasick…

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A humpback breaching in Skjálfandi bay

The weather today was murky, windy and wet when 78 brave passengers and 5 crew members set out on Náttfari at 13:30. But our bravery was well rewarded when we found a humpback, the second humpback of the trip, breaching in front of the boat. Even when we got closer it kept on breaching (nearly its…

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The Humpbacks and the waves

When I woke up this morning and heard the rain slamming on my window I quickly jumped out of bed and looked out. It was foggy, wet and windy.. truly a great day for whale watching!! Inspite of the weather a decision was made about going out at 09:00 to „check it out“. To see…

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A humpback lunge-feeding

Today was a good day in the bay. The weather was a bit on the downside, a bit of wind, raindrops now and then and also some fog, but our brave passengers did not let that affect them and were awarded greatly!   For most of the day we saw several humpbacks, including one which…

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A beautiful day

I really enjoyed myself today, it was sunny and the humpback whales were amazing. They seem to be really calm these days and making a show almost every day. I had two trips today on Náttfari with Gylfi, Siggi and Ármann who's a new guide in training. On the earlier trip we had one humpback whale swimming alongside the boat for…

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The Basking Shark in Shaky bay

  The basking shark. Photo: Birgit F. Unger.   My second trip, with my father Hörður as captain, today in the fog was something I'll never forget and probably never experience again, but never say never! I always say to the passengers when we´re heading out that every trip is unique and this was no exeption.…

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A foggy minke whale day

When I went out this morning at 9:00 it was so foggy I was pretty sure we wouldn't find anything. But we took our chances, went out in the hope of running into something. And we literally had to run into something because it was no chance of seeing anything from a distance. And that is…

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A humpback whale day

There were at least four individual humpback whales in the bay today. I went out twice today and on my earlier trip we saw two side by side, one of which I recognize from the last days, and then we saw the third humpback whale a bit further away. On the same tour a group of white-beaked dolphins were seen and…

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Humpback whales, minke whales and dolphins

I had the two last trips today which were both really nice. When we went out we heard from another boat that there were two humpback whales about an hour away so we started heading there. But then I saw a blow which was just around the middle of the bay which turned out to…

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Windy day with blue whales

After the great weather we've been having the last days it was still sunny today but really windy. We fortunately managed to have luck with blue whales on all the tours except the 12:30 tour where only one minke whale was spotted once. When it's windy, bumpy and sunny like today it often makes it…

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Up to five different species a day

The last days in the bay have been really successful. Apart from a windy day today the weather has been at its best, sunny and warm, which makes the whale watching even more memorable. As mentioned on the webpage two days ago we have been enjoying the presence of the blue whales again after they had…

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Dagmar Aaen has left for Greenland

Our good friends on Dagmar Aaen have now left for the west coast of Greenland.   It has been great to have them in Húsavík for almost two weeks and the least schooner Haukur could do was to pay respect to one of the most travelled wooden boat in the world by sailing with her for…

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Minke, humpback and blue whales

The weather keeps being nice to us, specially in the afternoon today. I went out twice today and on the first trip we saw one very nice humpback whale but on my second trip the bay was a bit livelier. We were barely out of the harbour when we saw at least two, if not…

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The blue whales are back!

After ten days of a bay without blue whales, they were spotted again today. This morning we had seen white beaked dolphins and a humpback whale but when captain Hrólfur and me went out at 12:00 we spotted a large blow around the middle of the bay which turned out to be a blue whale, the first…

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Amazing weather and humpback whales

The weather today and yesterday has been amazing, over 20°C and sunny which doesn't happen a lot in Iceland. So I really enjoyed being out in the bay today. I went twice with capain Hrólfur on Knörrinn and on both tours we had great results. On the earlier trip we actually saw one minke whale…

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Raggabar get-together

Last night the staff of North Sailing, Restaurant Gamli Baukur, Café Skuld and the crew of kutter Dagmar Aaen got together celebrating the opening of Raggabar. Raggabar is situated under the stairs next to Gamli Baukur and there it is possible to get delicious grilled hamburgers and more good stuff from the grill and of…

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