Calm whales on a busy day

This weekend started quite sunny and it was warm, even out at sea. The good weather was probably one of the reasons why so many tourists went out with us to enjoy the stunning nature of Skjálfandi Bay and of course to watch some wildlife. During the previous days we usually encountered the whales far…

Let's go north!

During the last couple of days (and also today) the main whale activity has been quite far out, in the northern part of the bay, about 9 miles away from Húsavík. That means that we have had to sail for about one hour towards the north, until we arrived in the area where we usually…

Four species on one trip!

The weather conditions were really nice when we left Húsavík harbour this morning onboard our biggest vessel “Garðar”: The sun was shining, there was a light southerly wind, and the sea was also very calm. As the main whale activity had been quite far out in the northern part of the bay, we immediately set…

Sleepy humpbacks and playful dolphins

  On our tour on Garðar at 10.00 we were greeted with sunshine and calm conditions. We sailed north west and came across a small pod of White-beaked dolphins, before reaching an area with three sleeping humpback whales who were logging at the surface (resting). This was exciting to see as it is a behavior…

Playful Dolphins and a hungry Humpback Whale

When we left the harbour at 10:00 this morning onboard our biggest boat “Garðar”, we set the course north-west, towards an area where we had encountered several humpback whales on our evening trip last night. Today we obviously had to sail a bit further out to find the humpbacks, and our first sighting was a…

Worth the wait

This morning the whales are very far away. We past a lone Minke whale who surfaced twice on our way west but no luck spotting him or her again, these beautiful little whales, but so fast! We kept heading west and we were rewarded with Humpback whales. Traveling slowly we suddenly realize that there are…

In the eye of the storm

Storm was forecasted, what we got was a wonderful day with sun, blue skies spotted with clouds, and a little breeze, we were in the eye of the storm. In the morning tour we sailed to the west side of the bay to find 3 humpback whales feeding and traveling up and down the bay. The…

Daytime doesn't matter!

We are about to start into the main season. Since the 1st of July we offer more tours, the first one going at 8:30 in the morning, last one at 8pm. But is there a time of day where it is more likely to encounter the whales? We just got the answer today: All our…

Humpback whales in breaching mood

What an exciting day! This morning the sea was very flat and visibility excellent, but it took us some time to spot the blow from a whale. But finally we were successful and encountered a humpback whale in the nortwest of Skjálfandi Bay; in an area where we saw the whales also during the last couple…

Joining a big meeting

Every day is special – once again we realized that today! The weather was very erratic. It was quite rainy and windy this morning and at midday it became very foggy. However we encountered three humpback whales. One of them surfaced close to the harbor of Húsavík, whereas the others stayed in the western part…

Researching whales

Today the weather was typically Icelandic: The day started rainy, but it cleared pretty soon and when we left the harbor in the morning the sky was bright blue. During the day it became a bit more cloudy again, but it was still quite warm and conditions were perfect for heading out and searching for…

Calm sea and calm whales

Today conditions were simply perfect: The sea was incredibly calm and flat like a mirrow. It was quite warm and visibility was excellent – best preconditions to find the whales. In the morning it took us some time to spot them. They were in the northwestern part of Skjálfandi Bay and interestingly despite the good…

A fantastic trip in the sunset

We had already been successful earlier today with several humpback whales having been spotted on all our tours and some of our boats also saw minke whales and white-beaked dolphins. In the afternoon, our schooner “Opal” even spotted a blue whale, the biggest animal on earth!   The weather has also been great during the…

Whales on holidays

Well, folks – it’s definetly SUMMER here in the north of Iceland! Today the sky was again deep blue and it was unusual warm, even out at sea! However, it took us some time to find the whales. We spotted several blows in the northern part of Skjálfandi Bay and close to Lundey, but the…

A perfect start into a new week

With two days delay the summer arrived in Iceland! The sky was bright blue, the sea very calm and  in the sun we had quite high temperatures – almost none of our passengers needed an overall! So best conditions to go whale watching! We decided to sail west into an area, where we saw the…

Sunday feeding party

Finally the rain stopped and today it was quite sunny. The wind came from north-westerly direction and it was a bit choppy when we sailed out this morning. Usually it’s a bit more difficult to spot the whales between the white caps of the waves, but of course our crew is experienced and we were…

Feeding party in midsummer

The 21st of July is supposed to be the astronomical beginning of summer. But it didn’t really feel like summer this morning. The sky was overcast and it was quite rainy. However, our passengers wee wrapped in our warm overalls and raincoats and of course the wildlife doesn’t care about the weather, so everybody was…

This is not a zoo! (?)

Today the sea was very calm and almost as flat as a mirror – best conditions for us to head out into the bay to search for some wildlife. In the middle of the bay we spotted a Humpback whale. But this individual took very long dives, so we decided to head a bit further north…

Every day is special!

The summer seems to take a break during these days – today the sky was overcast and our passengers were happy about our cosy overalls, which kept them warm when we were heading out into Skjálfandi Bay. However, the sea was very calm and visibility was good. In the morning we encountered a Humpback whale…

The bay is full of Humpback whales

As I headed to the bay on Garðar along with engineer Jens and captain Hrólfur we set the course to an area where we had gotten news of some whales. As we arrived there we did not have to wait for long until we spotted a spout from a humpback whale. But this one was…

Four species and an old friend

Once again we had a very successful whale watching day! We encountered four different species: Close to the mountains a big feeding party was going on. Several Minke whales surfaced all around us, surrounded by hundreds of birds picking up the leftovers from the whales. In the same area a few Harbor porpoises popped up.…