One humpback whale – and magic light conditions
The morning started stormy, similar to the last couple of days. But the southerly wind usually causes high temperatures and the 17°C reminded more of summer than of mid-September. The sky was covered with dark clouds, which caused mystic light conditions in the bay.
We decided to sail in southerly direction into the bay to check out the area where we encountered a humpback whale yesterday. However, today the bay seemed to be quite empty. There was no sign of any whale and when we approached the mountains in the west we weren’t more successful. However, we never give up hope until we’re back in the harbor and took a detour in northerly direction, when we suddenly got some good news from the sailing schooner Haukur: They definitely spotted a blow in the northern part of Skjálfandi Bay! We headed there immediately and indeed: Suddenly a humpback whale surfaced not too far away from us! Although the animal moved a lot and travelled quite fast, we managed to get some very nice looks at it, before we started our journey back to Húsavík harbor.
Humpback whale going for a deep dive (photo: Luisa Klotz)
Schooner Haukur on her way back to Húsavík harbor (photo: Luisa Klotz)