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About North Sailing
Eco-friendly whale watching since 1995! Pioneers in whale watching and sustainable tourism, North Sailing is a dedicated family company with a great respect for wildlife and nature. Since the beginning in Husavik, in 1995, North Sailing has been awarded both nationally and internationally for innovation, regional development and sustainability. The Husavik original whale watching tour with North Sailing has been visitors' top pick for more than 20 years, placing the small fishing town on the map as the whale watching capital of Iceland. Now the tour is available carbon-neutral, a 100% natural experience on silent, green energy, electric boats with minimum disturbance to whales and nature. Also offering puffins and northern lights tours from Husavik. With the authentic fleet, highly qualified and dedicated crew with great sailing experience and wildlife knowledge, North Sailing seeks to inspire people to reconnect with history and nature.
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Traditional Oak Ship Whale Watching Tour From Husavik

Search for orcas and humpback whales in Husavik’s waters aboard a traditional Icelandic oak ship. Famous for its abundance of marine life, Skjalfandi Bay makes a great whale-watching spot. Listen to your guide's in-depth commentary about the animals' biology and behavior, as well as the country’s maritime history. Feel free to pack light, as refreshments are available for purchase on board.
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Alice L wrote a review Jun 2022
Arlington, Massachusetts38 contributions7 helpful votes
We did the 3 hour "Whales and Sails" tour on what is Iceland's oldest schooner and it was incredible. We watched the RIB tours and the more traditional whale watching vessels (we did a motorized tour 2 years ago) essentially chase after the whales, in effect, scaring them away. Well, our beautiful schooner sat and let the whales come to us, with the extremely quiet motor turning as needed. We saw many more whales on this tour than we did on the more traditional vessel. With a little patience (and the sun coming out didn't hurt, either), 3 humpbacks swam around us and put on quite the show. We were traveling with our friends and between us, we had 5 kids, ranging from 9 months to 9 years old. Perhaps except for the baby, everyone was entertained and comfortable. Tour guide, a young Spaniard marine biologist, was excellent, as were the captain and first mate.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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'Whales and Sails' is one of our most popular tours, and we are very proud of our schooner Opal. What a beautiful experience to share with friends indeed! We have another 'silent boat'- Andvari- that is also carbon neutral because it is powered by electric. Come take a tour with us the next time you are in Húsavík!
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Miles Archer wrote a review Jun 2022
Boca Raton, Florida7292 contributions1322 helpful votes
The weather was chilly but clear. Few clouds. We did get to see whales, including humpbacks. The vessel wasn't crowded. Worth the time and money for the experience.
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Response from North-Sailing, Ticket Office at North Sailing
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Thank you for your review. I am very glad that you were able to see whales during your tour! We do keep our boat capacity as low as possible to ensure space for our passengers, and have limited it to 80% this summer. We would be happy to see you again the next time you are in the Húsavík area!
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marcvervink wrote a review Jun 2022
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Everything all right. Info about what your own clothes need to be would help not to wear everything double.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from North-Sailing, Ticekt Office at North Sailing
Responded 6 days ago
Many thanks for your feedback! Wearing warm layers is important almost all year round here in the North of Iceland, and we do provide a water resistant set of overalls and rain clothes as well to go over the top. Gloves, hats and scarves/face buff are also good to bring along as we want you to stay warm on board! We are happy that you took a tour with us, and that you come see us again soon!
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Paulina BG wrote a review Jun 2022
London, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
An amazing experience with a very experienced crew. Not to raise our expectations, the crew sailed out to the bay passing by a number of humpbacks on the way - but the outcome was fantastic - they indeed allowed us to see something extraordinary - we encountered a blue whale feeding in the bay. We stopped by the humpbacks on the way - and there were at least 5 blows from humpbacks that we could see. Not to mention the thousands of puffins we have seen on the way out. It was worth having a flexible itenary though as on the day we had originally booked the tour for the weather was not good for sailing. But the team rebooked us for a tour available on the following day. The process was smooth and the team very helpful and friendly. We would wholeheartedly recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Responded 6 days ago
Thank you for sharing your time with us- it sounds like an unforgettable experience! Blue whales are frequent visitors here this time of year, but less of a guarantee of course. Our crew will go out of their way to try to get a good viewing of all whales, but especially something like a feeding blue whale. Hopefully you visit the Húsavík area again, and if you do we would love to have you onboard again!
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Randy B wrote a review Jun 2022
Lehigh Acres, Florida1 contribution
We went on a watching tour in Husavik on 05/24/2022. The tour was with North Sailing. We were on the wooden boat, Gardar. We saw a couple of Humpback whales that hung around the boat for about 15 minutes each. On our way back to the dock we were served hot cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate by the crew. It was a very enjoyable cruise. I was able to get some nice whale footage with my Lumix camera. I would definitely recommend North Sailing Whale watching tours.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed our time sailing with us, and that you were able to record your memories for later! Thank you for recommending us to others, and we look forward to seeing you onboard again when you are in the area of Húsavík!
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