The big blue is back!

The sea was calmer but it was rainy and weet. Even though the bad weather its a day I’ll never forget. When we had past puffin Island too have a look at the puffins and then sailed for a bit, that’s when it happened. The biggest living animal on earth emerged from the sea to…

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A good day on sea!

Today we first went to Puffin Island, where there just were puffins flying around everywhere – you could just see how clumsy they are and how beautiful it’s beak is. Then we sailed to the west and it took us some time to find the first whales, but then we could suddenly see the blow…

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Big waves, but big whales also!

Today was a tricky for stomachs. The sea was again pretty rough and made spottings of whales complicated. Still, we managed to enjoy the presence of whales in each tours, humpbacks beeing sighted on each Bjossi Sör trips. Let’s hope that the sea remains that giftfull over the next days and that our friends the…

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Go ahead Jump!

It was a very bouncy day at sea. The weather conditions were excellent but the sea remained quite challenging for some of our guests. But still, the courage of our passengers was well rewarded as the humpback whales were all around us. One of them even put up a show, as it jumped for more…

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A roller coaster ride!

Today I learned a new icelandic word; Alta. Alta means swell. The swell was high, up to 4-5meters because of the bad weather previous day. I think the one who enjoyed it the most was the captain onboard, Arnar. The ship was rooling over the waves like beeing on a roller coaster. The whales seemed…

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Four species a day……

Today I went on three very nice whale watching tours onboard “Bjössi Sör” and they all turned out to be very successful.   On the first tour we managed to find two humpback whales close to Húsavík harbour. They were pretty relaxed and we got some good looks at them until we decided to head…

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Cold but magical

Despite the cold and clouded morning we started our day in the Skjálfandi Bay very optimistic. We only had to travel a short time until we spotted our first whale spout. It turned out to be a humpback whale. We stayed with it for some magical moments and then continued our trip to the west.…

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Andvari trumped Bátur Bátsson

North Sailing’s 10th renovated oak boat will be named Andvari, as a result of a naming competition held this past June.    Entries, sent from all over the world, came down to roughly four hundred sorts; one witty Austrian suggested Bátur Bátsson and, according to a dark humored Fin, future passengers ought to be welcomed on board THE DEATHSTAR (caps…

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Al Jazeera speaks to our Greenland chef

A chef in the North Atlantic for more than four decades, it’s Icelander Finnbogi Kristinsson’s job to lift spirits, keep his crew healthy, and step in whenever a problem arises.   As part of an online interactive, Al Jazeera turned to Finnbogi Kristinsson, our long-term chef in the Greenland expeditions.   Read the interview.  …

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The Jan Mayen Expedition

For the second continuous summer, North Sailing has facilitated a voyage to the remote island of Jan Mayen.   Led by faculty and graduate students at the University of St Andrews, North Sailing’s expedition ship The Donna Wood set sails June 5 to study the behavior of Northern Bottlenose whales.   Just as on regular…

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Very active Humpback Whales…..

We have been very lucky with the whales here in Skjálfandi Bay during the last couple of weeks and today was no exception: Even though it was a bit rainy and windy today we managed to find a lot of humpback whales on all our trips today. On some trips also got to see several…

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Defeated Brits invited whale watching

When Iceland won England in the European Championship, North Sailing lost 23 tickets whale watching.    A day before the match Guðbjartur Jónsson, North Sailing’s manager, said he would invite the entire English team “to lick their wounds” on a whale watching day-tour.    The Guardian published the “polite offer”, so we only assume Rooney and…

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Bad weather but very good whale watching!

The weather today was not really good but that did not scare the whales! Indeed, we had a very nice show, the morning tours were very successful: many humpack whales, minke whales and white beaked dolphins and two blue whales. The bay was crowded! This afternoon, weather conditions became harder but we were lucky to…

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Misty & magical

Hello! Today was really good when it came to the whales. We saw several humpbacks whales and some minkie whales. It was very misty today and a bit rainy but we didn´t let that stop us from enjoying the show and the tour! Also, there were alot of birds around us and plenty of leftovers…

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Calm sea & good wibes

Góðan daginn! (Good morning) Today has been really nice. The sea was very calm & and we had several humpback whales around us at one point and there were some white beaked dolphins honouring us with their presence as well. We´ve been going alot for the last days towards the mountains in the south and…

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Whales in the sun and fog over Húsavík

We have been really lucky with the weather these last weeks, so we are not used to foggy days and it took us by surprise.   When were coming back to Húsavík after the first and really successful tour, the fog just caught us. It made the day a little bit colder then we were…

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Perfect whale watching on summer solstice

Summer solstice presented itself with perfect conditions. It was a warm, mainly sunny day, almost no wind – and consequently we had perfect conditions for our whale watching tours. The visibility was excellent, so we had no difficulties in finding the animals. Obviously the bay is still offering a lot of food for the cetaceans,…

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3 species in a tour!

Quite a crazy day today! Not only were we lucky enough to see our most frequent swimmers, the humpback whales, but we were visited by the most gigantic animal that ever was on our planet: The Blue Whales!!!Dolphins joined in the mix later making this day very very special. And when the humpback whales started…

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The Big Five of Skjálfandi Bay

We have been incredibly lucky with the weather and the whales during the last couple of weeks and today was no exception!   On our morning tour on “Garðar” we managed to spot 5 different species of cetaceans, something that does not happen very often during the season. It started with a humpback whale just…

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the Humpback party continues…..

We have had two amazing whale watching tours on our biggest vessel “Garðar” today:   In the morning we set the course in the direction of the mountains in the western part of the bay, where most of the whales had been seen the last couple of days. But in the middle of the bay…

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Sleeping humpback and four species!

Good afternoon!   Today was a blast. This morning we had just began sailing out to Skjálfandi Bay when we noticed something black on the surface. I had just began explaining the clock system when a passenger shouted ,,One o´clock! One o´clock!” At first we thought is was a wood or something but then we…

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