One humpback but how many dolphins?

In a single tour, we saw 49 dolphins – at least according to our youngest passenger who apparently made a new count each time a dolphin came up to the surface. That‘s one way to look at it.   The way most of us saw it, a school of 5 White-Beaked Dolphins came swimming–and some…

Varying conditions

Today we got a perfect example for the varying conditions and the unpredictability of the wild nature. Already the weather was always changing: The day started a bit foggy, but the sea was perfectly calm. Later on the fog cleared and we enjoyed the sunshine. But after noon the sun disappeared behind the clouds, the…

Minke whale close to the mountains

Today as we headed out to the bay for the 16:00 trip we set the course towards the mountains on the other side of the bay. As we got closer fog came over us and we could almost not see anything. Even we managed to find a Minke whale. We got a great look at…

Baleen whales in the morning

When the first boats go out in the morning, we never know where to find the whales, since the animals can move a lot and don’t necessarily stay in the area where we saw them the evening before. We decided to sail west – a good decision, as we realized soon. Quite close to the…

An incredible evening tour

Today was just a wonderful day to go whale watching here in Skjálfandi Bay! We had fantastic weather conditions with calm sea and sunshine the whole day. During the day, we had already spotted several humpback whales and on some of our tours (like on my tour at 16:00 onboard “Knörrinn”) we encountered four different…

Calming down

After the exciting day yesterday today everthing seemed to calm down. The first visitors rush after the storm decreased and throughout the day also the sea got calm and flat again, although there was still some swell – the aftermath of the stormy conditions two days ago. We went out and sailed into the western…

Breaching Humpback whale

As we got to the bay today for the 18:00 trip on Bjössi Sör we got news from Knörrin. They told us that they had spotted a breaching Humpback whale. For us it was clear where to set the course. After about a half hour of sailing we came closer to Knörrinn and the whale.…

Whales in the wind

The weather in Skjálfandi bay has not been at its best for the last couple of days and this morning it was still very windy and the waves were high. Because of that we unfortunately had to cancel our morning tours. Around noon the wind calmed down and we were finally able to go out!…

Dolphins under the rainbow

After enjoying days of sunshine and calm sea, it was a gray Wednesday morning in Skjálfandi Bay when our boat Náttfari sailed out of Húsavík harbour.   The boat set course towards Lundey Island – the puffin colony of Skjálfandi Bay – to explore the territory for whales and bird life.   At first, passengers…

Challenging conditions

Once again we got the proof that the weather conditions in Iceland can change very quickly. Yesterday it was warm and sunny, today we got rain and increasing wind from the north. In addition to that it was quite foggy, so kind of a challenge for us to find some wildlife. All the boats headed…

Spotting the smaller species

Today it was incredibly warm again. The summerly temperatures in combination with light wind from the south fits rather to the Caribbean than to Iceland! The surface water temperature in the bay is unusually high – up to 16°C! This might also affect the availability of the whales’ food sources and thus the presence of…

Whales of all sizes in excellent conditions!

Skjálfandi Bay means the shaking bay, due to earthquake activity of course. But usually we think the name’s perfect, since the sea is sometimes quite rough. Not so today. The surface was flat as a mirror and it was hard to tell the border between the sea and the sky, which gave us the impression…

A perfect day!

Wow, what a day was today! It was exciting from the very beginning and it’s actually quite hard to decide where to start. First of all – the weather was perfect again! It was sunny, calm and very warm. We just left the harbor when we spotted some harbor porpoises. But we didn’t stop for…

Behavioral studies

It’s summer in Húsavík! Today it was sunny, windless and incredibly warm. We went on the boat dressed in T-shirts, without our hats, sweaters and jackets we’re wearing usually! How great is that!? So perfect conditions for a wonderful whale watching day. And also the whales were awesome. We encountered a humpback whale in the…

A handful of Humpbacks…..

Today was just a perfect day for whale watching here in Skjálfandi Bay with very good sea conditions, a lot of sun (at least in the afternoon ;-)) and lots of whales and birds!   I went on three trips on “Náttfari” today and on our first tour (at 9:00) we encountered a minke whale…

Taking a closer look at a Humpback whale

Today as we left the port of Húsavík to the bay we were as always hoping to find some whales. After a while of searching we found a Humpback whale. He was not really lifting the fluke when he was going for the dive. Despite that we continued to follow this individual. After some time…

Sleeping Humpback whale

This morning as we set the course to the bay we once again did not know what to expect. For that we were, as always, headed in to the wild nature. After about a half hour of searching we found a sleeping Humpback whale. This whale did not seem to matter that we were watching…

Blue whales are back

As we headed to the bay this morning, once again we did not know what to expect. We decided to head towards North where we were hoping to find something. After quite a while we spotted a big spout further north. Now we set the course there. Soon we also realized that this was not…

Summer holidays – time to relax not only for humans

It’s summer in Húsavík! Due to high temperatures and the glowing sun many people filled the streets and cafés and of course also our boats since there’re no better conditions for whale watching! The sea was calm and bright blue, reminding a bit of waters in the Caribbean! The sailing alone was a wonderful experience…

Is there a better way to spend a summerday?

The Icelandic summer is back! That’s what all of us realized when we went out into Skjálfandi Bay today to look for some whales. The sea was quite calm, it was sunny and unusually warm. Best conditions to spend some time out at sea!   It didn’t take us very long to find the animals.…

Sunday afternoon show

Once again we had a very succesful whale watching day! In the morning we just left the harbor when we spotted some harbor porpoises. But since these animals are very shy and usually try to avoid the boat we sailed further west, where we encountered a humpback whale. It was very calm and relaxed, spending…