A curious Minke and playful Dolphins in the midnight sun
The weather was just wonderful yesterday when we went on our evening trip at 8:15 PM. Calm sea, a gentle breeze and the sun already a dark yellow. Our first sighting was unexpected: 3 Harbour Porpoises jumped out of the water all of a sudden and swam rather close to the boat before disappearing. The Harbour Porpoise is usually very shy and difficult to spot. After trying to get track of two Minke Whales who were extremely busy and had no time to socialize we headed further west in the direction of the magnificent Víknafjöll or “Creek Mountains“. There we encountered a much more curious Minke Whale that surfaced close to the boat many times and swam slowly around us. This was one was rather big, probably 9 or 10 metres (about 30 feet) and I got the impression that it was an old and wise one. The stars of the evening were the White Beaked Dolphins. About 20 of them were jumping and playing around to the delight of our guests who were mostly french and italian so you could often hear shouts of “Oh la la!” or “Bello! Bello!” Our captain switched of the engine, making this moment even more magical. The sun was turning a dark red and a small rainbow was hanging over Húsavík town when we set the course for home. A great ending to the trip was when Aðalsteinn, our captain grabbed the microphone and sang for our guests.