Gentle Giants Whale Watching - Summer 2014

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Gentle Giants summer 2014 whale watching brochure

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  • Hsavk

    Hsavk

    150 YEARS of fAMILY HISToRY IN THE BAY

    this is it Welcome

    Gentle Giants hsavk

    Whale WatchinG

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    the truly oriGinal and experienced family company

    Dear Sir or Madam!

    I want to greet you with a warm welcome to Hsavk, Iceland in the 2014 season. Our family-run company, Gentle Giants Whale Watching, celebrates its thirteenth year and proudly offers you our service and highly experienced and fully qualified staff in our various tours and excursions.

    The company is proud of its originality and background and is owned by people with vast experience in the field. I have personally over 40 years of experience in the bay and like to think of myself as continuing my familys 150 year long tradition started by my great great grandfather who was a fisherman just like my great grandfather, grandfather and father would later be not to forget my GREAT grand mothers too. Put short: We were born by the bay of Skjlf andi and our ancestors too. Way back!

    Gentle Giants goal is to make every visitor a happy one. We are proud of The Certificates Of Excellence from TripAdvisor to Gentle Giants Whale Watching for the past years, 2012,2013 & 2014. It confirms and underlines, that we are surely on the right track in outstanding service and delivering a great experience.

    We hereby introduce to you our company and our new seasonal brochure. More information about our company and services is to be found on our website www.gentlegiants.is or by sending us a message directly, info@gentlegiants.is or by calling us at: +354 464 1500. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Yours sincerely,

    Stefn GumundssonCEO & Marketing Managerstefan@gentlegiants.is

    Our company, Gentle Giants Whale Watching Ltd., proudly supports UNICEF CHILDREN

    Gentle Giants ensures the safety and security of its passenGers

    simply natural

    Gentle Giants Whale Watching boats and

    staff are fully-licensedby the Icelandic

    Maritime Administration.

    Gentle Giants Whale Watchingis a member of SAF,the Icelandic Travel

    Industry Association.

    Gentle Giants Whale Watchingis a member of the International

    Blue Flag eco-label.

    Gentle Giants Whale Watchingis a partner in the Wild NorthProject of sustainable tourism.

    Gentle Giants Whale Watchinguses ECO LABELLED printing for all marketing material.

    Authentic experience in Iceland.

    Gentle Giants Whale Watching staff is trained in Safety and Survival by the

    Maritime Safety and Survival TrainingCentre of Iceland.

    Our passengers are fully insured by VS

    Insurance Ltd.

    nor th i c e l and . i s

    MEMBER OFVISIT NORTH ICELAND

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    the family

    Sylva Ds (12)

    Aena Lind (17)

    Sds Helga (18)

    In 2001 eleven experienced, diverse individuals in

    Hsavk decided to combine their years of expertise in

    a variety of fields to establish a new travel and tourism

    company in Hsavk. The group restored an old oak

    boat, which was originally a fishing and whale-hunting

    boat, and put it back into commission sailing visitors

    around Skjlfandi Bay searching for whales not for

    hunting but for watching! The immense effort proved

    more than worthwhile, growing into a giant success

    among visitors. Ever since then Gentle Giants has

    employed great staff and enjoyed a rapidly increasing

    number of annual visitors.

    Hanna Sigga, Katrn Svava (10) and Rakel sa (13).

    folloW us on:

    Facebook TwitterTripAdvisor

    Photos in the brochure are taken by Gentle Giants team: Peter Waltl jr. & Sr., Jhann li Hilmarsson, Stefn Gumundsson, Daniel & Alexia, Anton sak skarsson, Eln Lilja, Frijfur Helgason, Sarah Arndt, HalliEgils, Rebekka K.

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    Gentle Giants proud fleetBoat rental - six Boats

    m/v SylvaBuilt: 1976 in Akureyri Tonnage: 30Length: 17,5 m Beam: 4,3 m Capacity: 60 paxEUR 2.455 for 3 hours

    m/v AthenaBuilt: 2000 in HafnarfjrurTonnage: 8Length: 9,5 m Beam: 3 m Capacity: 24 paxEUR 977 for 3 hours Specialized for sea angling and smaller groups in various activity.

    m/v FaldurBuilt: 1972 in Westman-islandsTonnage: 26Length: 14,5 m Beam: 4 m Capacity: 45 paxEUR 1.985 for 3 hours

    m/v Axel - ZodiacBuilt: 2007Length: 4,5 m Beam: 2 mCapacity: 8 paxEUR 195 pr. hourOnly as a working boat nr. II - ideal for camera work, diving and coastal transport / beaches.

    RIB Amma SiggaBuilt: 2011Length: 11,5 m Beam: 3 mEngines: 2 x 300 hpMax speed: 52 knotsCapacity: 18 paxEUR 990 pr. hour

    RIB Amma KibbaBuilt: 2013Length: 12 m Beam: 4 mEngines: 2 x 400 hpMax speed: 52 knotsCapacity: 24 paxEUR 1.190 pr. hour

    PRIVATE TOURS

    Call now for information a

    nd

    bookings +354 464 1500 or

    by

    visiting www.gentlegiants

    .is

    PRIVATE TOURS

    Call now for information a

    nd

    bookings +354 464 1500 or

    by

    visiting www.gentlegiants

    .is

  • 5Hsavklet us Guide you and take care of you

    The Boss

    Stefn GumundssonCEO & Marketing ManagerCaptain

    Mrs. Boss

    Jhanna S. SvavarsdttirEmployee ManagerCaptain

    The King

    Daniel AnnisiusAssistant ManagerGuideTicket Sales

    The Queen

    Alexia Annisius AskelfWeb Editor Guide & Ticket Sales

    The Dart Player

    Hallgrmur EgilssonSales ManagerDesigner

    The Tough Guy

    Ingimar Eydal skarssonCaptain

    The Hunter

    Elas Frmann ElvarssonCaptain

    The Pro Guy

    Sigdr JsefssonCaptain

    The Gentleman

    Sigurur KristjnssonCaptain

    The Big fish

    Sigmar InglfssonCaptain

    The Rock

    Sigurjn SigurbjrnssonCaptain

    The Mid-field striker

    Sigrn Vala HauksdttirTicket Sales

    Miss Hsavik

    Sigrn Bjrg SteinrsdttirTicket Sales

    The Artist

    Bjrg Skarphins dttirTicket Sales

    The Author

    Sigurveig GunnarsdttirTicket Sales

    The Princess

    Sigrn lf Karlsdttir Ticket Sales

    The Rocket

    Karlna Hildur Hauksdttir Ticket Sales Assistant

    The Champ

    Hilmar r GumundssonCaptain

    The officer

    Birkir ArnarssonCaptain

    The old Dog

    Vilhjlmur Bessi KristinssonCaptain

    The Mustang

    Sverrir Yngvi KarlssonCaptain

    The Leader

    Ptur OlgeirssonCaptain

    The Sailor

    Svavar gstssonCaptain

    The Admiral

    Karl skar GeirssonFleet ManagerCaptain

    The Cosmopolitan

    Sarah ArndtHead Guide

    The Bird Lover

    Karitas risdttirGuide

    The Horse Whisperer

    rds Bjrt SigrsdttirGuide

    Miss Spain

    Beln Garcia OvideGuide

    The Pearl Diver

    Sandra MontesGuide

    The Player

    Hlynur r BirgissonCaptain

    Miss Canada

    Charla BasranGuide

    The Viking

    Axel BjarnasonGuide

    The Poet

    rstur SverrissonGuide

    The Voyager

    Miriam WalterGuide

    We proudly present our experienced team

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    GG1 Whale WatchinGexperience the mammals of the ocean

    Experience the traditional tour from Hsavk. Our birth-place is often considered as the Whale Watching Capital of

    Europe. Whale watching is a unique adventure at sea: Gazing at the wonders of nature in the beautiful surroundings of

    Skjlfandi Bay, sheltered by the stunning mountains of Vk.This is a place where our roots lie, where our ancestors used to live in peace and joy for centuries, living in total harmony with the unpredictable and untamed nature of the North Atlantic.

    RATES:Adults: EUR 56Children 7-15 years: EUR 24Children 0-6 years: FREEDuration: Approximately 3 hours.

    INClUDED:A specialized guide, light refreshments (hot chocolate and an Icelandic traditional twisted donut, kleina), warm overalls and raincoats if needed.

    SEASON:April 1st October 31st.

    Group discounts and tailor made tours available, as well as multi-trip passes or contact us for more information.

    See our timetable on the back page for daily tours.

    Do not miss out of this experience

    July 15, 2013

    20% DISCOUnT

    to the Hsavk

    Whale Museum

    with every ticket

    Special

    warm overalls

    available FREE

    every day

    Call now for information and

    bookings +354 464 1500 or by

    visiting www.gentlegiants.is

    Call now for information and

    bookings +354 464 1500 or by

    visiting www.gentlegiants.is

    SEE OUR TIMETABlE On THE BACK PAGE FOR DAIlY TOURS

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    RATES:Adults: EUR 99Children 7-12 years: EUR 69Not recommended for children under 7 years.Duration: Approximately 2,5 hours. Minimum number of six required for the standard tour, or you can rent a boat for a private trip.

    INClUDED:A specialized guide, safety overalls, and a little surprise from Hsavks only winemaker.

    SEASON:May 1st September 30th.Other tours, excursions and schedules can be arranged upon request at our Ticket Center. Early booking is recommended. For your safety and comfort, we reserve the right to change sched-ules should weather or other conditions change.

    New specially

    made overalls to

    keep you warm

    and dry!

    GG2 BiG Whale Safarifor more excitement

    With our speedboats we can offer our passengers more area to cover in search for the gentle giants. A RIB is faster than the wind and makes it therefore more likely for us to find the big whales. Normally we do not have to leave our bay to look for whales of any kind, but on this tour we focus on finding the bigger ones - further out. Nothing is guaranteed but on this tour, your chances to encounter some of the worlds biggest animals ever increase - big time!

    On this tour we also include a visit to the Puffin Island, where you can experience thousands of puffins, The Clowns of the Ocean, during the nesting period (May 1st August 20th).

    See our timetable on the back page for daily tours.

    Daytrips from Reykjavk to Hsavk available all season

    www.eagleair.is

    A thrilling wildlife experienceAugust 3, 2013

    7SEE OUR TIMETABlE On THE BACK PAGE FOR DAIlY TOURS

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    GG3 Sea anGlinGcatch your oWn meal

    Experience the exciting feeling of catching your own meal out on Skjlf andi Bay. The distance to the rich fishing grounds is very short. At the end of the trip the captain can fillet your catch, which will probably be cod or haddock. You can take it with you for your own cooking or upon request, have it prepared in a local restaurant. Thanks to our experience as professional fishermen with historically strong roots around the bay, on this tour we can provide you with a 100% CATCH GUARAnTEE!

    RATES:Adults: EUR 79Children 7-12 years: EUR 39Children 0-6 years: FREEDuration: Approx. 23 hours.Minimum number of four required in a standard tour, or you can rent a boat for a private trip.

    INClUDED:An experienced captain, fishing equipment/rods, waterproof trousers, rubber boots, fleece jackets and light refreshments (hot chocolate and a traditional Icelandic twisted donut, kleina).

    SEASON:April 1st - October 31st.Trips made upon request.

    Call now for information and

    bookings +354 464 1500 or by

    visiting www.gentlegiants.is

    Call now for information and

    bookings +354 464 1500 or by

    visiting www.gentlegiants.is

    100%CATCH

    GUARANTEE!

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    GG4 flatey iSlandPUffinS Bird WatchinG WhaleS

    On our way to Flatey Island, experience the beautiful surroundings of Skjlfandi Bay. Flatey Island is a natural haven for birdlife and is extremely rich and diverse. It therefore attracts many people each year. The island offers more than 30 different species of birds during the breeding season. The island is about 2,5 km long and 1,7 km wide. The name means Flat Island and for a reason; its highest peak rises only about 22 m above sea level. In 1967 the last inhabitants left. It has not been permanently inhabited since but many people visit the island each summer. Most of the old homes are kept and maintained as summer houses.

    We offer guided excursions through Flateys beautiful nature. The island is home to the arctic tern and puffins, which you may watch up close. This is a unique opportunity to commune with nature. From Flatey we head back to Hsavk and sail by the awesome mountains of Vk. If Mother Nature is feeling generous, we may even be able to do some whale watching on our way back.

    RATES:Adults: EUR 139Children 7-12 years: EUR 68Children 0-6 years: FREEDuration: 45 hours.

    INClUDED:A specialized guide, safety overalls, and a little surprise from Hsavks only winemaker. Ask for tailor-made tours and arrangements in our Ticket Center.

    SEASON:June 1st - August 10th. Saturdays at 17:00.

    Call now for information and

    bookings +354 464 1500 or by

    visiting www.gentlegiants.is

    Call now for information and

    bookings +354 464 1500 or by

    visiting www.gentlegiants.isMinimum number of two required in this standard tour, or you can rent

    a boat for a private trip. Special arrangements are available upon request.

    For more info about our special bird watching packages:

    Visit www.wildlifeiceland.is

    Send an e-mail to

    wildlife@wildlifeiceland.is

    Call +354 464 3504

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    Hsavk

    GG5 GrMSey iSland adventurearctic crossinG - Whales & puffins

    Get the opportunity to cross the Arctic Circle, see whales and encounter puffins - all in one tour.

    Our fast RIBs can take you to Grmsey Island in one hour during good conditions (and the sea is usually very calm in the early mornings). Upon arrival you will get a guided tour on the island, including bird watching. After-wards, to top your stay, you will be served a fully loaded breakfast while melting the experience and impressions.

    On our way back we do some whale- and puffin watching in Skjlfandi Bay. Estimated time of arrival in Hsavk is around noon. Every passenger gets a certificate after crossing the Arctic Circle.

    RATES:EUR 390Duration: Approximately 6 hours. Minimum number of ten required for the standard tour, or you can rent a boat for a private trip.

    INClUDED:Nice comfortable RIB boat, experienced captain and a speciali zed guide. Warm safety overalls, life jackets, refreshments on the way and fun. A guided tour and fully loaded breakfast on Grmsey Island.

    SEASON:May 15th August 20th. Tuesdays and Saturdays.Departure from Hsavk at 06:00 am. Booking in advance required. We reserve the right to change schedules should weather or other conditions change.

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    GG6 hiKinG the MOUntainShikinG the mountains of skjlfandi Bay

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    800 mGG6 HIKInG MAP

    A beautiful two day hiking tour in the mountains of Skjlfandi Bay.DAY 1 - We leave early on Friday morning at 07:00, with a boat and head towards the mountain side, sail across the bay and go ashore in Rauavk or Naustavk Beach half an hour later. Next, we hike across the beautiful and very lonesome Vknafjll, the Bay Mountains, over to the Flatey Island Valley. The hiking path is approximately 12 km before we have to cross a river and reach the sleeping cabin. The estimated arrival time at the first destination is around 16:00. The Guides Fish Soup will be served for starting leisure time for short walking trips and relaxation in the afternoon in the valley.

    DAY 2 - We leave the accommodation in the valley at 08:00 in the morning and head NNW towards the coast / beach. The path leads around 14 km alongside a beautiful river. Then a boat picks up the group and heads to Flatey Island for a short visit and a BBQ. Afterwards we head back to Hsavk passing the whale watching areas in Skjlfandi Bay ETA in Hsavk this day is at 17:00.

    RATES:EUR 599InClUDED: A specialized guide, delicious fish soup, dinner, breakfast, accommodation in a cabin, two boat trips, BBQ in Flatey Island and whale watch-ing. Spectacular and unspoiled remote natur...