Húsavík is the whale watching capital of Iceland and possibly the world. The whale watching companies running services out from Húsavík have a very high success rate at finding large animals and members of the whale family in the Skjálfandi Bay. Some of the companies have over twenty years of experience and are offering state of the art service in every way, like North Sailing, the one we choose. They have a variety of wonderful old oak fishing boats and schooners that have been modified to safety standards and convenience for whale watching. Just sailing in these fantastic boats in the Skjálfandi Bay is an experience apart from the whale watching. For anyone interested in photography this is the best option as the boats give you the flexibility of movement and view from all angles.
A Humpback breaching shortly after our trip started
The trip was a three-hour sailing on the boat with the friendly name Bjössi Sör. Just minutes after our guide had warned us, that it was always a possibility that we would not see any animals because in the wild you can not manipulate the scenario like you would in a zoo, we spotted two Humpbacks. And this was only thirty minutes into our trip. Our captain slowed the boat down, and we watched the beautiful animals swimming and waving their tails. Suddenly and literally out of the blue, one of them suddenly breached. What a sight! A whale that weighs over 30 tons and is about 15 meters long jumping out of the water and splashing on the surface, what a sight!
Humpbacks, a Minke whale, and dolphins
As we continued to the other side of the bay sailing on the calm sea with a magnificent view of the mountains we started to see signs of more Humpbacks. Approaching we also began to see more birdlife like the colorful puffin. Reaching the spot where we had seen the Humpbacks blowing water at least five were having a feast. Obvious from the lively birdlife above the surface a delicious menu of small fish was served. In addition to the five Humpbacks that swam and waved their tails, one Minke whale was spotted in addition to a group of dolphins speeding on the surface.
A perfect whale watching trip
But all good things come to an end. After more than an hour of watching the three species of whales swimming and surfacing around us, we headed back to shore. The trip was an enjoyable experience and highly recommended for everyone interested in wildlife and photography. On the way back hot cacao and cinnamon buns were served which fitted well for the whole atmosphere. What a great trip. Thank you Húsavík and thank you North Sailing for such a high level of professionalism.