Náttfari whale watching boat was built in Stykkishólmur west Iceland in 1965 and is typical of Icelandic herring boats used in the 1960’s and 70’s. Later the boat was used for trawling, net and line fishing all the way up to 1990 when it was decommissioned.

In 1998 the North Sailing team discovers and buys the old boat that had been left to rot at the docks in Reyðafjörður fjord in east Iceland.

Board by board the boat was taken a part and meticulously restored to pristine condition. The old fish hold was converted into a dining hall seating 50 people but other than that emphasisis was on maintaining the old world charm of the boat.

Náttfari has proved to be an excellent whale watching boat, stable and safe with great viewing platforms for passengers. This old boy even boasts the highest crows nest of North Sailing’s fleet which means that the crew of Náttfari spots whales before anyone else does.


Gross tonnage: 57
LOA: 23,0 m
Beam: 5,3 m
Hull material: Oak
Built, where: Stykkishólmur
Built/rebuilt: 1965/1999
Passenger capacity: 90
Engine: Cummins
kW/horsepower: 269/366
Port of registry: Húsavík
Flag: Iceland