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Monday, December 11, 2023

OAK BOAT SYLVÍA HEADING FOR COMPLETE MAINTENACE

Today our oak boat Sylvía left Húsavík harbour with captain Halli and crew members Addi and Miro on board for a long journey to Stykkishólmur, on the west coast of Iceland. There she will be taken into an indoor dry dock and undergo complete and thorough maintenance for the winter, including getting a new modern engine.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

A GIFT WHICH LEAVES MEMORIES FOR A LIFETIME

Are you looking for that really unique Christmas gift for one of the most important persons in your life? Or is someone's birthday coming up? How about surprising your loved ones with one of our gift cards? Gentle Giants offers several options for the perfect gift experience! The process is simple and you will receive a unique gift card code which the gift receiver can use to book tours online on our website.

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

END OF SEASON 2023

As the sun sets on the last day of November, another memorable and successful whale watching season has come to an end here in Húsavík.We'd like to thank all our passengers for having joined our tours throughout the season as well as our crew on land and on the boats for all their passion for their jobs and for coming from near and far to make our tours possible.

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Sunday, November 26, 2023

WHALES FOR SUNRISE

As another week is about to start, the month's last day is coming closer and closer. A few days only until also November is ending and with that, our 2023 whale watching season. The month has been great so far with humpback whale sightings on all our tours.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

SURVIVAL CHAMPS

In our recent post we talked about the efficiency of the so-called blubber layer when it comes to keeping a whale warm while swimming in the cold waters of the North Atlantic. However, there's more to this fat layer than that it's a superb insulation against freezing temperatures.

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Saturday, November 18, 2023

THE BEAUTY OF BLUBBER

Have you ever wondered how whales manage to survive and live in these cold waters around Iceland (and even further north!), especially now as winter is approaching and temperatures continously dropping?  All marine mammals, not just whales, but also dolphins, seals, walruses have a very special fat layer, also called blubber.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

AS DAYS FLY BY

As November carries on, days literally seem to flash by, one after another. Our tours continue to be great as several hungry humpback whales are still staying in the bay in search for more and more food - and therewith, delight us and our passengers day after day! While browsing the bay for food, these gentle giants tend to travel slowly, oftentimes allowing us to get some really great looks at them for a while.

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Friday, November 10, 2023

OF SPARKLING TAILS AND PINK MOUNTAINS

Are you visiting Iceland these weeks and still scrolling through all the activities this country has to offer? Did you ever dream of watching whales in pristine nature?  Well, we have good news for you: we'll be sailing for another three weeks - until the end of this month!  Imagine departing the harbor as the sun is just about to rise behind the mountains, aflaming the sky and mountains in pink, orange and yellow.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

AFTER THE STORM

Another storm has passed and as the town woke up this morning, gorgeous winter weather awaited: crisp, frosty air, a starry sky and a moon shining brightly onto the town. Then, as the sun slowly rose, a play of lights and colours commenced on the Cheek Mountains across the bay.

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Saturday, November 4, 2023

TO EACH ITS BLOW

Whales are mammals and so they have lungs. All couple of minutes, these animals will have to breach the surface of the ocean to take several deep breaths. With each breath, whales replace up to 90% of the air in their lungs - we humans only just exchange 10-15% each time we breathe.

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