Knörrinn was the first boat in Iceland to begin regular, scheduled whale watching trips. It was built in Akureyri in 1963 and from its very first voyage was considered a “Lucky Boat”. It survived the infamous “April Weather” in 1963 on its maiden voyage, north of Iceland. On that day several boats sunk with the loss of 16 fishermen. Later, in 1968, it sailed into an iceberg at full speed. Questions were inevitably asked about the gold coin put under the boat’s mast and the good fortune it had apparently brought!

Knörrinn came to Húsavík in 1994 and was restored during the winter months. Since 1995 it has sailed over 2.000 voyages with nearly 40.000 whale- and nature watchers.


Gross tonnage: 20
LOA: 15,2 m
Beam: 4,1m
Hull material: Oak
Built, where: Akureyri
Built/rebuilt: 1963/1995
Passenger capacity: 46
Engine: Cummins
kW/horsepower: 183/249
Port of registry: Húsavík
Flag: Iceland