Northsailing, a Husavik based whale watching company in Iceland has once again taken the lead in the development of the industry. And is being awarded for it.
At WTM last week Nortsailing received the silver awards for Best Innovation for Carbon Reduction for their new innovative electric powered ship engine. Their old two-mast schooner Opal has now been equipped with a unique electric motor whith a specially designed propeller which recharges the batteries while the vessel is under sails.
This does not only mean that the ship is pollution free, but it is also completely silent causing minimum disturbance to the whales. I had the opportunity to embark the ship in Copenhagen on November 1st and admire her beauty. She is an example of restoration of a disappearing cultural heritage, put into new context with a very innovative solution leading us into a more sustainable future.
The Responsible Tourism Award Northsailing received at WTM in London is the third award in a row the innovative ship receives. Previously she has been awarded the 2015 Environmental Awards from the Icelandic Tourism Board and Northsailing was chosen the Company of the Year by Visit North Iceland.
If you want to go sailing yourself with Opal it is operating from Husavik most of the year, but from August to September she is sailing in Scoresbysund in East Greenland , the world's largest and least explored fjord where you can expect to see magnificent landscape, icebergs and even polar bears.