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North sailing offers a vast selection of whale watching and other marine wildlife tours from Húsavík, Iceland. Humpback whales are most commonly seen on trips, but it’s just as likely to come across a minke whale, dolphin or porpoise. Fin whales and sei whales can sometimes be spotted, as can bottlenose whales and orcas. Skjálfandi Bay is also one of the few places in the world where the Earth’s largest mammal, the blue whale, regularly visits. The birdlife in the bay is no less lively, as various seabirds entertain the crowds- not least the puffin, arguably the most eye-catching of them all. In the summer months, whale sightings are almost guaranteed on trips. Whale watching on North Sailing’s schooners is a unique experience where passengers learn about the schooner’s history and assist the crew in hoisting the sails. North Sailing is the only company in Iceland offering whale watching tours on electric boats that run purely on green (Icelandic) electricity and glide silently through amongst the whales. On all of these trips, passengers are offered warm safety overalls as well as hot chocolate and cinnamon buns on the return journey.
North Sailing has adopted an active environmental policy based on the idea of sustainable development. They operate with respect for the environment to ensure the long-term protection of natural and cultural resources in fair and viable way.
Goals set include
Demonstrate exemplary behaviour and respect for nature.
Lowering fleets carbon emission by improving current energy sources and equipment or converting boats to electric/hybrid systems.
Maintaining the best available pollution control when renewing and maintaining equipment.
The speed of the boats has been moderated to reduce energy consumption, to decrease the noise for the passengers and to minimize the disturbance on the whales.
Increasing development, understanding, and awareness of appropriate practices when watching cetaceans.
Training employees and making our customers aware of our environmental policy and by providing information on how they can participate.
Sorting and reducing garbage that is produced within the company.
Implementing measurable goals regarding environmental issues in order to survey the company's environmental performance and status.
Offset CO2 emissions by planting trees.
Promoting sustainable development with reduced use of raw materials, recovery, and re-use.
By opposing whale killing and supporting the protection of endangered species.
Promoting “Meet Us Don't Eat Us,” campaign that aims to inform and educate tourists about a few key facts regarding whale meat consumption and gain their support to protect whales by ending commercial whaling.
Choosing local suppliers when possible.
By participating in projects that aim to improve awareness regarding nature and wildlife.