Sandra Granquist gives a seminar at ETOUR

Sandra Granquist, who runs the biological department of the Seal center, gave a seminar at the The European Tourism Research Institute (ETOUR) at Mid Sweden University in Östersund last week. The seminar was called “Balancing use and protection of wildlife – An interdisciplinary approach for biology and tourism research” and was about the interdisciplinary research Sandra has been working on at the Seal center together with Per-Åke Nilsson, a former employee of the Seal center. The study is about the importance of combining results from ecological research and tourism research for wildlife tourism mangement purposes. This research is part of a licentiate thesis that Sandra defended at the zoological department of Stockholm University, Sweden in November.

New information web page

A new information webpage for the Hunathing vestra has been opened. Now you can find information on things to see and do in the area as well as a guide to accomodation and dining. On the site you can also find listings of events and happenings in the Hunathing vestra area as wells as coverage of the local company of the month.

New Managing Director

Unnur Valborg Hilmarsdóttir is the new Managing Director of the Seal Center: Unnur has 20 years of operational and managerial experience as assistant general manager of Hreyfing Health club, general manager of Dale Carnegie in Iceland and founder and owner of Vendum, a leading executive coaching company in Iceland. Unnur has been apart of several entreprenaural projects as well. Unnur has a B.Ed degree from the University of Iceland, Diploma in business and administration from the same Univeristy and is an Executive coach from Reykjavik University and Coach U. Unnur is an ACC certified coach with ICF, International Coach Federation.  

The Great Seal Count 2013

The Great Seal Count

The annual Great Seal Count was conducted by the Icelandic Seal Center on Sunday 21st of July. During the day, the coastline of Vatnsnes and Heggstaðarnes was covered by volunteers and staff of the Seal center as together we counted all the seals that could be found in the area. The coastline was divided into smaller areas, so that everyone could chose a suitable distance. Everyone agreed that taking part in The Great Seal Count had been a great experience! The weather stayed fine for us and afterwards participants enjoyed offered coffee, cake and hot soup at the center.

Many thanks to all of you who participated and helped to make this a great event.

If you wish to join us next year, please register your participation by e-mailing us:  or dial 451-2345.


Please observe that due to safety reasons, The Great Seal Count is not suitable for children under the age of 5 and children between 5 and 15 years may only take part in the company of adults.

Arctic Tourism Journal

The Icelandic Seal Center biologist Sandra Granquist and tourism professor Per-Ake Nilsson have had their paper The Wild North: Network Cooperation for Sustainable Tourism in a Fragile Marine Environment in the Arctic Region published in the Journal “New Issues in Polar Tourism”

The article discuss the relationship between nature tourism and its operations effects on wildlife based on The Wild North project managed by The Icelandic Seal Center.

To read the abstact and download the full article follow this link