Whale watching paradise
The whale watching here in Skjálfandi Bay is just hard to top these days and also today we had three absolutely amazing trips!!!
During the tour at 10:00, we encountered two very relaxed humpback whales that spend a while right next to our boat. While we were watching the two humpbacks, we suddenly spotted something much bigger, not too far away from us: A BLUE WHALE!
We were able to take some nice looks at the biggest animal on earth before we had to start sailing back to Húsavík harbour.
On the next trip (at 13:30) we found two very hungry humpback whales that were feeding close to the surface. We followed the humpbacks as they were slowly moving in the direction of Lundey, the puffin island and we decided to take a good look at the thousands of puffins that are busy with the nesting season these days and weeks.
On the way back to Húsavík we spotted a minke whale and as we got closer to it, the minke whale suddenly started jumping, again and again!!!! In total we counted at least 20 jumps and it is actually a rare sight to see a minke whale jumping so many times in a row completely out of the water!
Also the last trip of the day (at 17:00) was a very special one: It started with at least two minke whales that we saw feeding among lots of seabirds and as we left the minke whales to sail further out, we spotted some bigger whales blowing in the distance: Two humpback whales! They were very relaxed and were just “hanging” right under the surface next to our boat for a while. But as we were watching the humpback whales, we saw some big black triangles surfacing in the distance: A group of Killer Whales!!! In total there were probably around 20-30 Orcas (or Killer Whales) around and we got some amazing close-up looks, especially at the larger males and later on we could also see the whole group surfacing together!
What a day!
A puffin taking off close to Lundey (Puffin Island)
The minke whale jumping out of the water
A large male killer whale surfacing with Húsavík in the background
The killer whales surfacing in front of the snow-covered mountains (Photos: Christian Schmidt)