Four species on a summer day
It seems to be still summer time here in the north of Iceland. ALso today was very warm and sunny and the sea was incredibly calm. Best conditions to spot the whales from far away already. However, it took us some time to find them in the morning. Like yesterday in the evening they were very far out in direction of the open sea. On the way north we encountered some harbor porpoises and a minke whale, but didn’t stop for them, because we already spotted something much bigger: Humpback whales! And quite many of them, actually. There were at least five or six individuals in the area and we managed to get pretty close to two of them. And suddenly one of the humpback whales jumped completely out of the water!
In the afternoon we came across a group of white beaked dolphins, which approached the boat and started bowriding, which was wonderful to watch. And in the meantime two humpback whales travelled further in the bay, so it wasn’t necessary anymore to go that far out to find the animals. We followed one of the humpback whales on its track and got some incredibly close encounters.
In the evening we had to sail quite far in direction of Flatey to find the whales again. First we spotted a minke whale but close to this animal a humpback whale came to the surface and we spend some time with the bigger species. However, the highlight of the tour was a group of dolphins, circeling around the boat, jumping and bowriding. On the way back we not only observed a magic sunset but also encountered another humpback whale.
White beaked dolphin approaching our boat (photo: Luisa Klotz)