Loads of puffins and a friendly minke whale

The conditions for whale watching have been very good in Skjálfandi Bay today: The sea was quite flat and the visibility almost perfect, you could easily see several miles away.   We started our morning tour with taking a good look at Lundey, the puffin island, where we saw thousands of puffins getting ready for…

What a day! The bay full of killer whales!!!

When we left the harbour onboard “Bjössi Sör” this morning, we had no idea that this tour would be a tour to remember: It started with some harbour porpoises (one of the smallest whale species in the world) that we encountered shortly after we had left the harbour. We took a look around in the…

Winter has come back for one day

It was quite cold today here in Húsavík as the wind was coming from the north the whole day. We left the harbour this morning in hope to find yesterday’s minke whales again. They were not as close to Húsavík as yesterday, but after about 45 minutes of sailing, we came across one of the…

Minke whales, puffins and sails

It was a bit cold, but still nice weather when we left the harbour onboard our sailing schooner “Haukur” this morning.   We started the tour with taking a short look at the bird cliffs close to the lighthouse of Húsavík, before we continued sailing towards Lundey, the puffin island.   It was really nice…

It's raining whales…..

It has been a very wet, but also very successful tour this morning in Skjálfandi Bay: It started raining as soon as we were about to leave Húsavík and did not stop before we came back to the harbour. Despite the rain, the conditions were perfect for whale watching as the sea was almost as…

Three species in the bay

This morning when Christian and myself went together with captain Hrólfur out to Skjálfandibay, we had a good feeling for the day. The course was set to the western part of the bay. After about one hour of sailing we spotted something a bit further north and headed there without delay. It took not a…

The puffins are back in big numbers!

I went out this morning together with captain Heimir onboard our vessel “Bjössi Sör” and the first thing we saw on our tour were two harbour seals that popped up all of a sudden. We stopped for a few moments to see if they would show up again, but unfortunately they were quite shy, so…

Killer whales in Skjálfandi Bay!!!

We had fantastic weather conditions when we left the harbour this morning: The sea was almost as flat as a mirror and the sun was also shining during the tour…..but also whalewise, it was a tour to remember!   It started with a very nice minke whale not far away from Húsavík. It was very…

The first minke whale!!!

We were pretty excited to sail out and find the humpback whale again, which we had seen on both tours yesterday. When leaving the harbour at 10:00 this morning, we started with setting the course towards the area where we had been successful yesterday and it did not take long until we spotted a powerful…

A humpback close to Húsavík!

We had to cancel our tours yesterday (the wind was too strong to go whale watching), so we were excited to go out again this morning. Every day is different, so we did not really know what to expect, but when we left the harbour it took us only about 15 minutes until we spotted…

A close-up encounter with white-beaked dolphins

After yesterday’s successful morning tour, I was really looking forward to sail out into the bay again today. Together with captain Hrólfur and a very nice group of passengers, we left the harbour at 10:00 this morning onboard our vessel “Bjössi Sör”.   It took us only about 15-20 minutes of sailing until we encountered…

The first humpback whale!!!

It was a fantastic morning when I was on my way to the harbour today to guide my first whale watching tour this year. It is always nice to come back to Húsavík, but especially nice if you are greeted with sunshine and a fantastic view at the snow-covered mountains.   We left the harbour…

White beaked dolphins in the bay

As we headed out this morning for the 10 o´clock trip on Bjössi Sör we went into the unknown. After a cold and turbulent ride through the waves we were lucky and met a group of white beaked dolphins, bobing up and down in the sea. For about 15 minutes we could watch them as…

A Humpback Whale and White-Beaked Dolphins!

After two days of cancelling, we were finally able to go out for whale watching again. And it was a very nice tour we had today! We had been sailing for about 45 minutes, when we suddenly spotted some black dorsal fins breaking the surface and a few moments later we realized that we had…

A Humpback after the storm

It is always exciting to go out again after a period of bad weather as you never know what has changed in the bay during the last days. As we left the harbour, we started our search by setting the course towards the area where we had seen the whales last time but even though…

No luck with the whales today

Finally we have been able to go out again today. We have been searching a big area, but unfortunately we did not have any luck in finding the whales today, probably also due to the poor visibility during the trip, as it has been snowing for a big part of the tour….. Hopefully better luck…

The humpbacks are still there….

We had not been able to go out the last two days because of really bad weather here in Húsavík. But today the weather conditions were much better and even though the waves were still a bit high we decided to give it a try and sail out in search for whales. After about 45…

A handful of humpbacks

In the beginning of the tour, we spotted a minke whale just about 15 minutes from Húsavík harbour. Unfortunately, the minke whale didn’t show much of itself so we decided to sail a bit further out. After about one hour of searching, we finally saw the blow from a humpback whale and after taking a…

Humpback whales on every tour

The last three days have been just wonderful here in Skjálfandi Bay: We have had amazing weather conditions with beautiful icelandic autumn sun and snow-covered mountains, and there are also quite many humpback whales in the bay! Yesterday (and also on Friday) we saw at least four different humpback whales per tour, today there must…