The fleet of North Sailing
One of the main aims of North Sailing is the preservation of Icelandic oak fishing-boats. In fact, the North Sailing story started with the restoration of the wooden fishing boat Knörrinn and saving it from destruction. In the construction of these oak boats, Icelandic carpenters elevated their craftmanship to a fine art! Regulations concerning both the choice of materials and the strength of these boats, were particularly strict in Iceland. North Sailing has used oak-boats since the beginning, in 1995, and the experience clearly shows that these vessels, with their gentle and relaxing movement, provide a particularly comfortable and quiet means of sailing the seas.
It is North Sailing’s pride and policy to be pioneers in preserving the national heritage and supporting the coastal and maritime culture and customs by renovating both boats and buildings by the harbour.
All of North Sailing’s boats are traditional wooden fishing boats, which have been carefully restored and adapted to a new role without compromising their original character. All the boats undergo strict inspection and are approved by Icelandic Transport Authorities.
North Sailing now operates nine Icelandic, one Danish and one German oak boats that have been specially converted to carry passengers. Three of them, Opal, Hildur and Haukur have been transformed into two mast schooners, the only three of its kind in Iceland.