Every tour I’m starting with telling the passengers that we are heading out into the wild nature and not into any kind of a zoo. And I’m serious about that! We never know what to expect on our tours and every day is a new challenge to find the wildlife.
Today was one of the few days, where it was difficult to find the whales. In the morning we sailed north, scanning the area in direction of the open sea. Since we did not encounter any whales, we sailed south along the coastline of the Viknafjöll mountains. The nature was stunning and the mountain range looked quite dramatic in the sunlight but with dark clouds above them.
Unlike the last couple of days also these areas looked quite clear, so on the way back we took a detour to the southern part of the bay. Very close to the beach we finally spotted a minke whale and got some looks at it before we had to head back to the harbor.
In the afternoon we were hoping to find that minke whale again. However, the animal didn’t show up again. Our boats spread throughout the whole bay and we always stayed in contact with each other, but the whales seemed to have left the area today. We encountered a group of harbor porpoises, but didn’t find any bigger whales. But the size of the waves increased and it turned out to be a rough trip back to the harbor of Húsavík.
However, the swell from the open sea often brings lots of nutrients in the bay and since these waves mix up the water column conditions might change completely until tomorrow.
So let’s be curious and see what we will find tomorrow – hopefully the whales will come back soon!