We’re in late October. Sitting at the desk, looking out the window I can spot green grass – a lot of it actually. The kids are walking home from school, wearing thin jackets. This would’ve been big news 20 something years ago. The Icelandic weather is of course always unpredictable in the long run. For the last decade or so people of the northern part of the country have been getting more and more used to having little or no snow before christmas. This of course has caused dramatic changes in activities for the locals and tourists as well. All of a sudden it’s quite easy to do something we defined as “summer activity” before in late October, beginning of November. And that brings us to Húsavík Adventures’s Buggys!

Our Buggy cars have gained great doze of positive atmosphere for the great enjoyment people take in driving the 800 cc machines, in a diverse landscape even the locals have never been to before. Imagine two hours of gravel roads, mountains, lakes, brooks and complete wilderness where you cannot see any buildings or people outside of your group. Priceless!

The Buggys are not limited to snowless conditions though. A few weeks ago we had snow in the area above Húsavík for a few days ago which then melted. Driving the buggys in a little bit of snow was even more fun! We’re looking forward to the upcoming years, enjoying quality times with our visitors, surrounded by our hidden treasures in the highlands!

The buggys are great during the wintertime as well!
The buggys are great during the wintertime as well!
On the top of Húsavík mountain – Lake Botnsvatn in the distance.
At the final stage of one of our tours.

That’s it! A very great RIB whale watching season has come to an end. It was the second whole season of Húsavík Adventures in business (we did a two month “miniseason” in 2015) and it went pretty much as well as it could have. We were very lucky with our brilliant crew who made so many people happy as our perfect score at TripAdvisor can confirm.

With just over a month left of the RIB whale watching season the Buggy cars are still going strong, with the 12 month availability making them a new 365 activity in Húsavík. Naturally the experience is going to be really different in the tours of summer and winter season. This first summer has left us with happy customers, commenting on the extra beautiful route we are able to show. The Buggy tours are not just about the thrill of driving the cars, but also the beauty of the landscape on the way.

We have had a lot of groups in the tours so far. Friends, co-workers, bachelorette’s party etc.

A few days ago, KA FC visited us for a tour on a Saturday. KA FC is a Premier League football team in Iceland, currently in 7th place. The guys had a great day in Húsavík, seemingly enjoying the ride a lot.

We share some photos of their tour here below among with other group tours of the season.

 

KA FC ready for the Buggy tour!
Part of KA FC ready for the Buggy tour
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Pit stop on the tracks above Húsavík
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In the wilderness !
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The feeling of driving in this area is like nothing else!

The midsummer evenings in Húsavík can be magical. That has exactly been the case for the last few nights. Due to high demand, Húsavík Adventures added a second 19:00 tour yesterday evening in what turned out to be an A+ whale watching tour. Our RIB boats Kría (Arctic Tern) and Kjói (Arctic Skua) sailed side by side most of the tour in a paradise of big whales, puffins, dolphins and natural environment. The sea was like a mirror so the feeling for the passengers were more like sailing on a water.

In the tour at least 12 humpbacks were spotted with six of them being in the same area. A group of dolphins entertained the onlookers in their ever so good mood, jumping around in the calm conditions.

A fabulous tour overall and it reminds us why local people often talk about the “underestimated evening activity” in Húsavík, with the summer evenings often being very calm at sea and therefore excellent for whale watching as for other outdoor activities.

The following pictures were taken by our CEO Sigurður Veigar who worked as a guide for the tour.

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Humpback whales in action
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RIB boat Kjói on its way towards Puffin Island
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Passengers couldn’t hide their feelings!

Húsavík Adventures proudly presents: Midnight Sun Whale Watching!

Our most glorious and stunning product is without a doubt whale wathcing tour on our brilliant RIB boats in the amazing Midnight Sun. The tours are available from 16th June until 15th July. That’s the time of the year when the daylight is about 24 hours in Iceland! In the prime conditions (which happens a lot of times) the sea goes completely still while the sun drops down in the horizon.

And the whales? Not asleep at all! Yesterday evening our passengers enjoyed a great show where the mighty blue whale stole the show with dolphins trying to keep up with some jumping exercises.

This picture was taken by our guide Elísabet. It shows excactly what we’re talking about!

Last Thursday four of our expected ten Buggy cars arrived to Húsavík. The CF Moto Zforce 800’s will be used in the most entertaining way, driving on tracks above Húsavík with the most beautiful view there is. The Húsavík Adventures crew is currently working on the finalization of the route – a challenge for everybody involved as there’s plenty to choose from!

The estimated two hour tours will be available from July 1st, with two departures a day at 10:00 and 14:00. Driver’s licence is needed in order to drive the cars.

More information about the tours here

 

Time flies and we are already almost a month in our 2017 whale watching season! So far we’ve had a 100% whale sighting success in our tours. Every tour is a little bit different from the other of course but generally the tours have been really great and the passengers pleased with the experience they’ve had in our RIB boats.

Our ever so curious humpbacks have always been spotted, with minke whales and white beaked dolphins showing themselves occasionally. What’s been pleasantly unusual is the frequency of orcas/killer whales in the bay. Orcas were only spotted a few times last summer in Skjálfandi bay. They tend to follow the herring which they like so much and are therefore mostly seen in the west coast of Iceland. The precence of orcas in our bay this season has left many people with a smile on their face as they are always really fun to watch.

We surely hope that this is a good clue for the upcoming months!

Pictures by: Al Orton.

 

Yesterday was the first day of Húsavík Adventures’s third season in RIB whale watching. And what a start it was! On a very sunny day with a rather strong wind from the south our crew went on to their first tour of the day at 10 AM and the second one at 4 PM. Passengeres were honored by the presence of the largest animal of the earth – the mighty blue whale who calmly swam in only a few meters distance from our RIB boat. Amazingly the blue whale showed its fluke which is very rare sight to be seen – and that is an understatement!

Blue whales visit Skjálfandi Bay mostly in June but in the recent years they have luckily been able to enter the bay in other months as well.

The ever so curious humpback whale was also spotted in both tours, pleasantly showing him self at its favorite feeding place. This beginning of the season cannot but give some great hopes for the upcoming season. Húsavík Adventure’s daily departures from 1-15th May are scheduled at 10:00. From 16th-31th May will be two departures at 10:00 and 13:00. Extra departures and private tours are of course available upon availability.

Photo by Melissa Baxter.

We’re only a few days away from our first day of the 2017 season. The spring is blooming in Húsavík and we’re optimistic for the summer. The first humpback whale of the spring was recently spotted in the bay. Humpback whales are large animals, about 13 meters long and weigh about 30 tons when grown up. They are regular visitors in Skjálfandi Bay, coming from their breeding areas in the south to feed here in the north for the summer.

Our RIB boat Kjói (the Arctic Skua) will head out for the season’s first tour of 2017 at May 1st @ 10:00. A second tour of the day is scheduled at 16:00. Tickets can be bought in online or in Húsavík at North Sailing’s ticket office.

Buckle up ladies and gentlemen! For decades Húsavík has been known as the Whale Capital of Iceland (and even Europe) for it’s great whale community that includes pioneers in whale watching, the Whale Museum, whale research center from the University of Iceland and no-whale-eating-policy. Of course Húsavík has therefore got most of its tourism because of whale related activity. Húsavík Adventures goal at the foundation of the company was to expand the town’s activity source – simply by offering our lovely guests to do more while enjoying our delightful town a little longer.

Well now it’s time. At June 1st, Húsavík Adventures will start a new activity. We will offer Buggy car adventures, available for all the 12 months of the year. The 800 cc CF Moto cars are registered and are allowed on usual roads. We will focus on gravel paths in the Húsavík area, in a various terrain with the Icelandic nature at its best. An experienced guide will drive in front of the group and share his knowledge in the pit stops along the way.

Tickets available online. We can’t wait. Game on !