Lobtailing humpback whale

Today started a bit cloudy, but pretty soon the sky cleared and it was very calm and quite warm. The humpback meeting went on! We encountered at least six humpback whales in the middle of Skjálfandi Bay. Some of them surfaced very close together. In the afternoon two humpback whales came very close to our…

Humpback whale party!

We have had amazing whale watching conditions today: The weather was beautiful, the sea really calm and the number of humpback whales in the bay seems to increase day after day. Today there have been at least six humpback whales within a small area in the northern part of the bay and on all our…

A day of contrasts

Unlike the weather forecast his Thursday started foggy and the sea was quite rough. But what surprised us most was the fact that we didn’t find any whales in the morning! Our boats spread throughout the bay, but none of them was successful. Fortunately conditions changed completely in the afternoon. The wind calmed down, it…

Meeting “old friends”

  This morning the sea was unexpected rough, due to strong wind from the north. Nevertheless we spotted a humpback whale – one of our “old friends” that stay in Skjálfandi Bay since several days and that has been observed also earlier this season. Furthermore we encountered a group of white beaked dolphins. They approached…

Whales and their characters

Today we had the chance to encounter whales that showed completely different behaviors. In the morning we spotted three humpback whales – we met all of them yesterday already. They surfaced many times and we got some wonderful looks at them. But when we decided to turn the boat and start heading back to Húsavík,…

Synchronized diving

The polar storm we had yesterday calmed down during the night, being replaced by a smooth southern breeze in the morning. It didn’t take long before we could sight our first blows, and we had many close looks at some humpback whales. At one moment, one of them was lying on its side and waving with…

polar conditions

The weather forecast announced a snow storm for tomorrow. On the mountains, the grazing sheep are being brought down to the valleys. And today at sea, we could already feel the beginnings of the storm. Polar breeze blowing from Greenland made feel the bay somewhat chilly. Except for the fulmars, the so-called “storm-birds”, no sign of life was…

The Angels of the Sea

Before we sail out into Skjálfandi Bay, I always remember the passengers that we enter the territory of the animals. So we are only the visitors and that of course means we can never influence anything. But today again we got the proof that this is also the exciting part of it, because we never…

This is NOT a zoo!

Today we had perfect whale watching conditions: The sea was very flat and calm and the bright sun provided late-summer temperatures. In the morning we set the course in north-westerly direction. In the middle of the bay we encountered a minke whale and spent some time with this elegant animal. When we sailed further, we…

Fin whales in the bay!

Today was an absolutely fantastic whale watching day here in Skjálfandi Bay! We had beautiful weather conditions when we left the harbour onboard “Náttfari” at 10:00 this morning: The sea was really flat, and the sun was shining for most of the tour. And we were also lucky with the whales: We were watching a…

Entertaining humpback whales

Once again the humpback whales, the most common species we observe in Skjálfandi Bay, were the highlights of this day. The Sunday started with warm temperatures and the sea was very flat. Like yesterday we encountered one humpback whale in the southwest of the bay. It surfaced unusual close to the shore. It was hard…

The bay is still full of life!

During the previous days we usually observed one or two different species during our whale watching tours. That changed today! The sea was calm and although the weather was changeable wind from south brought us warm temperatures. Great conditions to search for the whales! Close to the harbor we encountered some harbor porpoises, the smallest…

An unexpected encounter

Today the weather was typical Icelandic: Sun and clouds alternated with brief rain showers and a strong wind was blowing from south-east. But the temperatures reminded of the late summer. On our tours we encountered two humpback whales. Both of them seem to like Skjálfandi Bay, we observed them already earlier this season. They spent…

The day after the storm

Due to bad weather conditions we had to cancel our tours yesterday. But today the storm calmed down and the sea was quite flat again, although the swell still witnessed from the high waves yesterday. It is always very exciting to sail out into the bay after one day without whale watching – we had…

Whales and waves

Today started out very good. It was dry in the morning, the sea was quite calm and we were in a good mood. So were the whales. We spotted a minke whale on our way out, but it didn’t stop with us for a very long time, but then we came across two humpback whales…