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“Unmissable highlight”

North Sailing Husavik
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Original Whale Watching Tour on board a Traditional Oak Ship from Husavik
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Husavik
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Harrow, United Kingdom
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“Unmissable highlight”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

We planned a trip to Iceland because we wanted to see the whales, and chose to go north to Husavik. The mid-September snowstorm over North Iceland nearly defeated us, but when we finally made it to Husavik we were lucky that we could go out with North Sailing. The morning was beautiful with snow on the mountains surrounding the bay. After half an hour sail out into the bay, the crew located some humpback whales and we spent an hour and a half watching them before returning to Husavik. In September the main behaviour seen is when the whales surface to breathe: we saw numerous "blows", and the whales swimming on the surface, and the elegant flexing of their enormous tails as they dive back down to feed. Sometimes the whales are very close to the boat, as the crew move to where the whales are, and the whales don't seem to mind the boat. Air temperature was 2-3 deg C but with all our thermals plus the overalls provided by North Sailing we were comfortably warm. The weather was calm but there was a swell on the sea and we appreciated having taken our seasickness tablets ! Clearly every trip is different: we are so pleased to have done this and this was the highlight of our Iceland holiday.

Visited September 2013
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North_Sailing, Ticket Sales at North Sailing Husavik, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
We never get tired of hearing that a tour with us was the highlight of your trip to Iceland. Thanks!
The humpback whales have been quite happy to stay in the bay late into the season and allow our guests to watch them.
Yes, weather can be a bit tricky here in the North, especially in the fall, and you had the good fortune to be able to arrive on a day when the tour was possible.

We would be happy to welcome you back on one of our tours in the future.

Best regards,
Adrienne
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“Great morning!!”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Did the "Whales and Sails" tour on a brisk but sunny morning early this month (it's now done for the season but back next spring) -- loved it! The sailing ship offers a lot more opportunity to sit, stand or move about than it looked like the motor vessels did, and it was much easier to hear the guide. Visibility was surprisingly fair too -- you'd think there would be a lot of boat-related hindrances to seeing out, but I found I was able to see everything that surfaced.

Humpbacks and porpoises were on our trip -- skillfully kept near our vessel when they were surfacing, but the cruise out into the bay alone was worthwhile even if we hadn't had any undersea visitors. The views across the bay from Husavik are breath-taking (a steep mountain ridge running right down into the sea) and the suits they give you mean there's little chance you'll feel cold unless you're really averse to lower temps. I could've stayed out there for hours more -- but the trip does have you back in town nicely timed for lunch in any of several dockside eateries. Definitely a big highlight of my Iceland trip -- it's worth the trip to their far north! :)

Visited September 2013
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North_Sailing, Ticket Sales at North Sailing Husavik, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
We love it when people tell us their excursion with us was the highlight of their trip!
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We would love to welcome you back on one of our tours.

Best regards from Húsavík,

Adrienne
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“Rained out, but helpful.”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Not much to say here...we were so excited about this trip, but there was a real squall. Because we had paid by credit card I had to wait for my refund. It didn't come until I sent an email to prompt, but once I asked, the refund was back on my credit card within a day.

We went to the Whale museum instead which was lovely.

If I'm ever back in northern Iceland I will make this my top priority!

Visited August 2013
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North_Sailing, Ticket Sales at North Sailing Husavik, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
We're sorry the Icelandic weather spoiled your plans for an excursion with us. It's good to know the credit card refund came through, and we apologize that it took a while for us to authorize it.
We will be happy to welcome you back to Húsavík in the future and hope for better weather for you.

Best regards,
Adrienne
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“Fun”
Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

We postponed the activity to the following day because of the weather. The morning was perfect with some sunshine and moderate wind. It was cold and without the overall provided, we would be freezed. We saw a few humpback whales and the experience was fun. We did it in Alaska and saw the breeching that was not seen this time but here you had the extra fun when the boat raced to reach the whales. Somebody asked me if it was worth doing it at the pier. It is the most worthwhile activity in Husavik.

Visited September 2013
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North_Sailing, Ticket Sales at North Sailing Husavik, responded to this review, September 22, 2013
"The most worthwhile activity in Husavik" is quite a compliment. Thank you.
We are glad that you were able to reschedule your excursion due to the weather conditions on the day you orginally chose, and glad that you enjoyed the trip. The whales here do sometimes breach, particularly the humpbacks, but of course, this is something we can never guarantee.

We would be happy to welcome you back to Husavik in the future.

Best regards,
Adrienne
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“Could Not Have Been Better”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

Whale watching tour at Husavik was one of those "once in a life time" experiences to me and I will cherish every moment of it for the rest of my life... We were very lucky: the day we had the tour, weather was fabulous: not one single cloud at the sky, abundance of sunshine, no wind at all and almost a flat sea (of course, more we got to open sea, more swells we started to experience but it was not at disturbing levels)... Plus, we've got to see the whales, at times 3 of them all together... It was a wonderfull experience. The boat was full of tourists from all nations. The announcements were made in English but tour guides were translating them into related languages. Though at first we thought the boat was overbooked and feared it would be hard to watch whales in that crowd, once the whale watching "ceremony" started, we noticed that it was not the case. My husband and I we stayed at the front of boat the whole tour and it was one of the best spots as we could see both right and left sides and the natural wind created by the moving boat was not disturbing there. On the way back to Husavik warm cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate were offered and that was a nice surprise for us all. From the start until the end, it was a lovely journey and we loved every second of it... Don't come back from Iceland without whale watching, it's a memorable experience....

Visited August 2013
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North_Sailing, Ticket Sales at North Sailing Husavik, responded to this review, September 22, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your trip with us. An excursion in good weather, like you describe is certainly a wonderful experience, and seeing several whales makes it even more memorable.
We agree with you that people should not leave Iceland without going on a whale watching excursion.
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We would be happy to welcome you again.

Best regards from Husavik,
Adrienne
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