First trip of the season
The first trip of the season was today, 30th April and ‘Bjössi Sör’ one of North Sailing’s boats sailed out with 13 excited passengers. The weather was ideal, calm and sunny and the crew, captain Hörður Sigurbjarnarson and guide Nils B. Hailer were delighted to be out on sea again after a whole winter on land.
The previous day, North Sailing had a test run on the boats and 3 humpbacks were spotted, therefore both the crew and passengers were eager to see what kind of wildlife today would offer them. They didn’t have to wait long for the first ‘blow’ where two humpbacks were found. In total 4 humpbacks where spotted in the tour, two minke whales and two seals, plus an abundant of birds e.g. puffins.
There were smiling faces that disembarked ‘Bjössi Sör’ three hours later. We spoke to two couples and asked them to tell us about their experience.
Philippe and Aurelia from France and Marcel and Saskia from Holland all just experienced their first whale watching tour, but the French couple had seen whales from the shore of South-Africa.
When asked they said that the trip had fulfilled their expectations, that they had sailed out to the bay and soon spotted the first whales and that it had been easy to approach them. The captain had been very careful around the whales and they did not feel that the whales were being harassed. Saskia said that the guiding had been educational, interesting and fun and that guide had obviously enjoyed each moment out on the sea. Aurelia agreed and said that after the trip they were much more knowledgeable about the behaviour and biology of the whales. Marcel commented that the enthusiastic guide had given the trip added value and made it more enjoyable and fun. The fact that he guide had seen whales on numerous occasions before but still had been so excited and eager had made the whole experience more memorable.
Both the Dutch and the Frence couples said that they would very likely go whale watching again soon as this experience turned out to be so rewarding. Cold but rewarding they added with a smile.
They all agreed that the unexpected bonus was the hot chocolate and the cinnamon buns on the way home, this has warmed them up after a rather chilly experience.
There is a reason for why Iceland is called Iceland!
Passengers awaiting departure on board
Bjössi Sör sailing out of the harbor
Within half an hour the first whale of the season was spotted, a fairly big Humpback whale!
In total there were 4 Humpacks and 2 Minke whales spotted. Here you can see one of the Humpbacks taking a deep dive and lifting it´s tale from the surface just beside the boat!
There were smiling faces coming back in the harbor on Bjössi Sör after today´s experience
From left: Aurelia Ringhetti & Philippe Dune from France, Marcel Cachia & Saskia Bezoen from The Netherlands.