The Big 4 of Skjálfandi Bay….

Today I had two trips on our biggest boat “Garðar” and both of them have been really successful: On the first tour (at 9:00) it took us a little while to find some animals, but after sailing for about one hour we came across a group of white-beaked dolphins. We took some good looks at…

… blowing in the wind …

Wooooooh, what a stormy day was today! Some “leftovers” from a hurricane hit Iceland and brought us rough sea conditions. This is always a challenge for us, since it’s more difficult to spot some animals between the high waves and the white caps caused by the wind are quite tricky as well. However, we were…

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…

Entertaining whales

The wonderful weather causes good mood – not only all our passengers were in perfect mood today, but also the whales. In the morning we observed a humpback whale, when suddenly a minke whale surfaced close to the bigger animal. These whales are usually quite shy and sometimes difficult to approach. Not so that one!…

Whales and sunshine!

No need for the warm and cozy overalls that we provide today– the sun was shining and it was really warm.   We had great success on all of our tours today. We had quite a few Humpback Whales spread around the bay and they all seemed to be relaxed and enjoying the sun. We…

Three species on a sunny day

Today was a perfect day! It was very warm and sunny, so nobody needed our warm and cosy overalls. When we headed out into the bay it felt more like a saliling tour somewhere in the mediterranian! And also the whales were in perfect mood. On the way north we encountered some harbor porpoises, very…

Summer!?

There was one thing we really didn’t need today: our cosy overalls! It was incredibly warm and when the wind calmed down and the sun made her way through the dark clouds it felt like a day in midsummer! In the morning it didn’t take us too long to find the whales. After about half…

Perfect day!!!!

What a day was today! Everything seemed to be perfect. It was very calm, a bit cloudy (so no glare!) and unusual warm. The visibility was even good enough to see Grímsey, the island located at the Arctic Circle. Best conditions to spot the whales! And it didn’t take us too long to find them.…

A wonderful evening tour…..

We had perfect conditions when we left the harbour at 18:00 this evening onboard “Garðar”. We set the course in the direction of an area where we had already seen several humpback whales during the day and as we were sailing north towards that area, it did not take us long to spot a very…

A fantastic day for whale watching

Today I had three tours on our smallest boat “Knörrinn” together with captain Már. We were the first boat this morning when we left the harbour at 8:30 this morning and it it always exciting to sail out early in the morning as you never know how things have changed in the bay during the…

The sun is back! :-D

Finally the weather changed and we got excellent conditions for whale watching today: It was sunny and quite warm and the wind calmed down. After a storm it’s always exciting to go out, because the waves are mixing the water column, which might increase the availability of food and thus attract the whales! However, there…

Rough conditions – but great whales

Today whale watching became quite adventurous: The wind from the north brought a lot of waves and the swell was very high. However, we gave it a try and headed out into the bay. Even in such rough conditions it’s worth looking for some wildlife, since the animals don’t care about the weather. And who…

Three synchronized Humpback Whales

This morning we headed out to Skjálfandi Bay in beautiful weather conditions. It didn’t take us long until we spotted a spout not too far away from the boat. That spout later turned out to be three spouts! We had three Humpback whales surfacing right next to each other and at one point all three…

Surrounded by dolphins in the evening sun!

When we got up this morning and looked out to Skjálfandi Bay the conditions did not look so good, unfortunately. It was very windy and the sea seemed rough. Because of that we had to cancel some of our first tours in the morning. In the afternoon the wind calmed down and the sun came…

Humpback and Dolphins spotted to day

Today as we headed out to the bay for the 16:00 trip we were looking forward to it. The reason for that is that we had been successful earlier. We set the course towards the north, where we and other boats had been seeing whales. After about an hour of sailing we arrived there and…

One tour – four species!

Heading out into the wild nature means every day is special and we never know which surprises are awaiting us. Today we decided to sail in northwesterly direction into an area where we saw a lot of wildlife the day before. Conditions were great: It was quite warm, the sea was flat as a mirror…

Mating in the bay!

We saw three different species during our tours the whole day. Two humpback whales, two minke whales and a super pod of white beaked dolphins mating in the north west part of the bay.  Our tour on boat Knörinn at 16:00 brought passengers back to the port with big smiles on their faces. They were…

Three species and a rainbow ;-)

Finally the wind calmed down and for the first time since a couple of days the sun was shining again today. We left the harbor and decided to head into the western part of Skjálfandi Bay, to check out the areas close to the mountains. After approximately twenty minutes suddenly several black, pointy dorsal fins…

Humpback and minke whale and plenty of dolphins

Although the weather is still more typical for autumn than for summer time, it’s still worth going out into Skjálfandi Bay to search for some wildlife. It was quite windy and we got some swell form the open ocean. But these conditions might mix up the water and bring more nutrients into the bay, which…

Dolphins everywhere!

I have been guiding two trips onboard “Náttfari” today and on both tours we encountered the same two species: The humpback whales and the white-beaked dolphins.   On the first tour (at 11:00) we only got a short look at the dolphins but had some nice encounters with two humpback whales. Especially the second humpback…