Whales and Sails

Get close to the whales on board a traditional Icelandic sailboat and learn the old ways of sailing.

Discover the magic of the ocean in this beautiful sailing onboard our authentic Icelandic schooners. This tour gives you an excellent opportunity to enjoy the wildlife — the whales and birds of Skjálfandi Bay — while discovering your inner sailor. North Sailing Schooners are ideally suited for approaching whales, which we do with respect and consideration.

We are proud to offer our guests an unforgettable tour on a traditional sailing vessel in breathtaking surroundings. The preservation of wooden boats and Iceland’s coastal culture is dear to us at North Sailing.

You can immerse yourself in the traditional sailing culture by participating in hoisting sails and hauling ropes with our specialised schooner crew. Learn key terms and techniques while sailing like a true Viking.

Sailing trips are for everyone, whether you want to sit back, relax and enjoy the moment or become an active part of the crew onboard. An adventure for young and old!

After a successful whale watching trip, there’s nothing like warming up with a cup of hot cocoa and freshly baked cinnamon buns on the way back to Húsavík. Adults can benefit from a ‘warmer’ addition to their drink, courtesy of the captain.

Do something different on your visit to Iceland and look for wildlife aboard a traditional wooden sailing ship. Discover the magic of the ocean and get back to nature off the north coast of Iceland.

All our sailing tours are powered by the boats’ engines as we can’t count on the wind in the sails to be our primary source of power. However, we will use every opportunity that comes to hoist the sails.


Hot chocolate and cinnamon buns.
Expert whale watching guide.
Warm overalls and raincoats if needed.

On the return trip, we all helped raise the sails to get back. Nothing like sailing in the North Atlantic in complete silence, the only sound is the boat moving through the water.

Free cancellation up to 24h before

Total booking flexibility

Pay now or upon arrival

3 hours approx.

Daily 1 June – 31 July

Húsavík, Iceland

Boarding card provides the following discounts

13.990 ISK Adults
7.000 ISK 7-15 years
FREE Under 7 years
(All prices include 11% VAT)

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