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North Sailing Whale Watching

The eco-friendly whale watching company

Enjoy the great variety of marine life in the unique environment of Skjálfandaflói bay aboard North Sailing's meticulously renovated oak boats. Since its founding in 1995, North Sailing has been a pioneer of sustainable tourism, as well as being the first company in Iceland to offer regular whale watching tours. Whale watching is a popular activity for visitors to Iceland, and the company's operations have grown fast.

The fishing village of Húsavík is now renowned for its spectacular whale watching opportunities, and Skjálfandaflói bay is one of only a handful of places in the world where the blue whale, the largest mammal on earth, is known to visit regularly.

North Sailing's whale watching tours have given Húsavík the reputation of being Europe's whale watching capital. One of North Sailing's most ambitious goals is to empower sustainable tourism, and the company has put a lot of care and skill into renovating and maintaining its fleet of old oak fishing-ships.

First company in the world to offer carbon-free whale watching

On July 12th, 2015, the renovated schooner Opal, with its uniquely designed electrical system, was launched. The launching marked a world-wide first: Offering carbon-free whale watching tours by using only wind and electricity for propulsion.

In 2016, North Sailing will offer two kinds of carbon-free whale watching tours, with up to 5 tours scheduled per day. The company's policy is clear, and in a few year's time its whole fleet will be entirely carbon-free and driven by electricity.

North Sailing has received a number of awards and acknowledgements for its eco-friendly operations and innovative new designs, for example it received the Environmental Recognition of the Icelandic Tourist Board for the second time in 2015, as well as being awarded the silver prize at the coveted World Responsible Tourism Awards for "Best Innovation for Carbon Reduction".

North Sailing offers a variety of exciting tours, such as whale watching tours in Hjalteyri (approx. 15-minute drive from Akureyri), whale watching in Tromsø, Norway, skiing in the Lyngen Alps, Norway, and week-long expeditions in Scoresby Sund on the east coast of Greenland.

Day tours: Departure: Duration:

Whale Watching from Húsavík Daily from 1. March - 14. Dec. 3 hours

Whales and Sails Daily from 1. Jun. - 15. Sept. 3 hours

Longer tours:

Scoresby Sound Greenland From 20. July to 21. Sept. 7 days & nights

Specially designed tours on request.

North Sailing Whale Watching

Gamli Baukur, Hafnarstétt 9

GPS Points N66° 2' 45.648" W17° 20' 36.756"
Telephone

+354 464-7272

Opening period All year
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Service Open year round Accessible for the phisically impared Coffe shop Restaurant Whale watching

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