Studying Whales and Wildlife Experience in Skjalfandi Bay


We will sail from Husavik out to Skjalfandi Bay for whale watching and study whales and wildlife. During the tour, we will use a specially designed manta trawl to take examples from the bay. We will analyse the examples onboard with the help of a microscope. You will learn about ecotourism, sustainability and ocean conservation. You'll also learn the old ways of sailing and help out with hoisting the sails. 15% of your ticket price is directly contributed to Ocean Missions, a non-profit organisation in Húsavík. Your contribution will be used for inspiring research and science-related projects in the field of ocean conservation. Join the mission and hop on board for an educational sailing adventure!

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3 hours 30 minutes
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Why take this tour?

Join us for this fascinating citizen-science tour and learn about whales, wildlife and ocean conservation. Participate in micro-plastic analysis and ocean research with our onboard marine experts. Sailing among the whales in Skjalfandi Bay is the perfect way to get a greater insight into life in the ocean. During the tour, you will learn about the importance of whales in the marine ecosystem. We will use a manta trawl to take samples from the bay, which we will carefully examine in a microscope afterwards. You will also get the chance to learn the old and eco-friendly ways of sailing from our experienced and friendly sailboat crew.

What’s included?

  • Restroom on board

  • Hot chocolate and cinnamon buns

  • Manta trawl

  • Microscope

  • Professional guide

  • Marine research expert

  • Warm overalls

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Before you book

  • Duration: 3h 30m

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

About operator:

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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