A wonderful whale day

Three tours today and of those, the morning and the evening tour were the best by far. In the morning we had at least four Humpback Whales, including one duo which we got to see amazingly well, a great thing given the foggy surroundings. In the afternoon there were at least two Humpbacks but in…

The big 4 of Skjálfandi Bay

Today we managed to show our passengers all four species of marine mammals that we could expect to see at this time of the year:   The day started with two very nice humpback whales that were swimming side by side and lifted their majestic flukes right next to our boat a couple of times.…

3 species of baleen whales in the bay!

The sea was still a bit wavy today, but despite the bumpy conditions we had very nice and successful whale watching tours during the day.   I went on three tours onboard our biggest vessel “Garðar” today and on the first tour (at 10:00) we managed to spot three different species of baleen whales (those…

A fantastic day is behind us

Today’s three tours on Garðar were amazing. Humpback Whales seen on all of them, from one up to three on each, and Minke Whales in abundance, some seen very well but some only in the passing, as well as White-beaked Dolphins in the morning. It was so warm and cosy on the water today that…

A magical evening trip…..

We had already seen several humpback and minke whales (as well as some dolphins) during our tours earlier today, so when we left the harbour at 18:00 onboard “Garðar”, we were pretty optimistic that also this evening tour would be a good one – and we were right!   The weather conditions were simply fantastic…

Blue whale in the bay

This evening as we went in to the bay I did not expect a trip like this one. I started the trip like a normal trip. After the talk in the beginning I went in to the wheel house to get some extra cloths, even though the weather was grate. As I came in, engineer…

Lunge feeding humpback whale

In the evening as we headed to the bay for the 18:00 trip we set the course to the so called corner. It is the south west part of the bay. There we had heard about a whale. As we got there unfortunately we did not spot anything. But Bjössi Sör was a bit north…

Whales in eastern wind

Today we had eastern wind but it was quite warm, not cold at all until the evening, in fact it was a cosy sea breeze. In the morning we had one Humpback Whale, several Minke Whales and a group of White-beaked Dolphins. The afternoon had some less sightings, with one Minke Whale seen shortly and…

From easy to difficult to astonishing

Three tours on Garðar and very different ones at that. The morning tour was easy; three Humpback Whales, including two travelling as a duo, at least two small groups of White-beaked Dolphins, and a tiny Harbour Porpoise (perhaps a lost calf) travelling alone. All were seen easily. In the afternoon the animals were spending longer…

Here comes the sun!

What a wonderful day on Skjálfandi Bay. After days and days of fog and rain we have had a blue sky and sunshine all day. The temperature was nice and warm– so warm that we didn’t even have to use our overalls.   But enough of the weather.. we also had great whale spottings today!…

A swell day ending with nice sightings

This has been a nice day here in the bay although the swell from last night’s storm impacted the morning tour and to an extend the other two tours as well. Humpback Whales were seen on all tours, Minke Whales briefly in the morning and in the evening, and a small group of White-beaked Dolphins…

Two laidback Humpbacks made the day!

Today’s Humpback Whales were a dream! There was a duo of them hanging out around the middle of the bay for almost the entire day and seemingly some more further out. The star duo was clearly well-fed as at no time we saw signs of them either eating or travelling between feeding locations, two of…

A beautiful day on the water for a change

After some difficult weeks on the water, the conditions today were astonishing, sunny and sweet and the water surface was very calm. Even better, there were more Humpback Whales around and in more accessible locations than often before. This time we did not have to search for them in very shallow water close to land…

Breaching in the evening

This was a modest day on the water but ending with a great spectacle, two full-body breaches from a Humpback Whale! A small pod of White-beaked Dolphins was seen on the way back but mainly their splashes as they were heading fast towards the south of the bay as we were heading back from the…

The humpback show continues…..

Yesterday we got some amazing looks at a flipper-slapping (“waving”) humpback whale and today the same humpback whale was waving with its flippers again for us!   This morning we already spotted the humpback whale in the south-western part of the bay as well as several minke whales in the same area feeding among big…

A waving Humpback whale

In the 10 o´clock trip this morning we headed in to the bay in the suarch for the whales. After a bit of a time we found a Minke whale. After that we had gotten a grate look at this one we decided to head towards the south east corner of the bay as we…

Long waves but decent sea conditions and sightings

The first day of August has been much better so far than the last day of July was. This morning a Humpback Whale and several Minke Whales were spotted along with a group of White-beaked Dolphins and even Harbour Porpoises were spotted. In the afternoon a Humpback Whale was spotted close to where Skjálfandafljót glacier…

A difficult day at sea

Unfortunately this was not the easiest of days for the whale-watching here in Skjálfandi Bay due to sea conditions but Garðar still managed to find whales on both its tours. The third tour had to be cancelled due to worsening conditions. On the morning tour we saw one easy Humpback Whale and also got a…

A breaching Humpback whale

After a hard morning where the whales did not show up we headed again in to the bay with new hope. We had gotten some news from other boats that they had spotted something. There fore we set the course towards them and after a bit of search we spotted a Humpback whale. We got…

Three species during the day and a beautiful evening

On most of our tours we had spotted three species of cetaceans during the day (humpback whale, minke whale and white-beaked dolphins), so we were pretty optimistic when we left the harbour at 18:00 onboard our biggest vessel “Garðar”…..and we were right!   We had a wonderful tour in Skjálfandi Bay this evening with beautiful…